Arts + Culture

The Theater at the 14th Street Y’s mission focuses on social awareness and change through big picture narrative.

Inspired by works that welcome artists of all backgrounds, we place artists as the heart of our community and seek to create an inclusive cultural experience for all.

The 14Y Theater honors the edgy, diverse and rich history of innovative culture making in the East Village. Each year, we curate a provocative season of theater, dance, music and film from independent New York artists in dialogue with our residency program, LABA: A Laboratory for New Jewish Culture.

The 14Y Theater supports the creation of new art and culture by supporting artists in our community, specifically by providing the space, time and resources needed to create new work. The 14th Street Y endeavors to be true incubators of artists and hopefully reduce the financial strain NYC independent artists feel in producing their work.

Since our 2015-2016 Season, the 14Y Theater has hosted more than 150 unique events and welcomed nearly 25,000 audience members.

Current Arts + Culture Programming

While planning our upcoming programming, the 14Y Theater is maintaining a high awareness of the ever-changing situation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our artists and audience members.

Our fall programming began on September 30, 2021, when we showcased our in-house LABA Artists and presenting their new work created during their LABA CHOSEN Fellowship.

In January 2022, we will welcome a new cohort of LABA Fellows studying classic Jewish text with the theme of BROKEN.

We are committed to supporting and presenting the work of our artist community and enabling work in the theater.

The past year has taught us more than ever that our obligation lies in supporting and enabling the development of art and artists at this critical time.
We are working with our resident artists, partners and collaborators on building an impactful, inspiring and safe 2021-22 season.


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The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the artists and do not necessarily reflect those of the 14th Street Y or Educational Alliance.

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

A fellowship program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue and study.

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Past Arts + Culture Seasons

Explore past seasons including our virtual events with links to see recordings of developing work and talkbacks with our 2021 LABA fellows, works-in-progress from our LABA 2nd stage artists in residency, and local artists who used our empty theater to share their art.

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Supporters of 14Y Arts + Culture + LABA

CANVAS—a collaborative giving fund dedicated to Jewish arts and culture.