taxdeductible theatre began in 2005 looking for a way for our community of like-minded artists to have a forum to continue to develop while struggling with the realities of pursuing life in the commercial theatre.

We began with reading plays which we felt had fallen through the cracks in New York City, as many of us believed we were on the verge of doing ourselves. From there, we began reading new plays, and that led us to the realization that the company isn't about a group of actors looking to keep their chops up, but instead, a group hungry to develop their own collaborative voice.

The Dare Project

In April of 2006, while we were building our identity, three members of taxdeductible theatre stumbled upon a method of inspiring new work: dare the writer.

That night, over shots of tequila, they each dared another to write a ten-minute play. They were free to write whatever they liked, so long as it was true to the dare. Two months later, these three plays were presented as the first installment of The Dare Project. Since that time, it has grown into one of the fundamental ways in which we pursue our mission. For more information about the plays we have produced in The Dare Project over the years, choose one from the list to the left.

What's Next?

We plan to continue with The Dare Project, which has proven itself as a successful laboratory. In addition, taxdeductible theatre will use the techniques discovered in that lab to expand our future seasons to include new full-length plays. We are currently developing these new works in collaborations between writer, company and audience.

We hope to continue to find new voices. We hope to create memorable experiences for all involved. Most importantly, we hope to challenge ourselves and our community to follow one basic rule:

demand bold theatre