Address: 95 Johnson Park, Buffalo, NY
Leader: Richard Lambert, Founder & Executive Director /Kelli Bocock-Natale, Artistic Director
Founded in 1996, The New Phoenix Theatre has builts its reputation on bold new work from London and New York, cutting-edge interpretations of the classics, and multi-disciplinary work. Our mission is to present new and classic works in ways that speak to our community, to rediscover the theatrical experience through the spirit of collaboration, and to revitalize the neighborhood in which our theatre stands.
About New Phoenix Theatre
In 1995, an 1885 building sat on a parcel of property once owned by Ebenezer Johnson, Buffalo's first mayor, its barred doors cobwebbed, its interior a junked ruin. It had been, in its time, a lecture hall for Buffalo Seminary, a séance house, and soup kitchen; there it sat abandoned.
Wouldn't 95 Johnson Park make a lovely theatre?
Now the New Phoenix rises on Buffalo's oldest park and the renovations continue. We think that the past has led us to the present and, in turn, to you.
In addition to award winning plays, New Phoenix features stage offerings of all types. The annual Eric Bentley New Play Competition brings a national contest winner home to Buffalo and onto our stage. With Folkloric Dance, and a full calendar of collaborating and visiting artists, our board, our staff, our actors, and our sponsors are all working to make our humble, historic home into an inclusive enclave for the arts.