History & Mission

Creating grassroots theatre one project at a time.

Project Y is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and community of artists, designers, and playwrights devoted to developing new work through staged readings, online video projects, workshop productions, and fully produced world premieres, allowing new and emerging voices to be part of the theatrical conversation.

Founded in Washington, D.C. in 1999, Project Y was formed with one simple impulse – focusing on one project at a time and allowing the play’s needs inform all creative and producing choices.

Celebrating a 15 years producing history in both Washington, D.C. and New York City, Project Y has an unwavering presence in the New York Off-Off Broadway community and has been nominated for nine Innovative Theater Awards. Project Y has been the recipient of grants from NYSCA, ART/NY, The Nancy Quinn Fund, and the humanitarian Puffin Foundation.

Press from Washington, DC:

“Smartest of the city’s theatre troupes.”
– Bob Mondello, N.P.R.

“…a consistently thrilling company…aim high and always hit higher…
The Washington City Paper

“They have that kind of energy that Steppenwolf became known for. Sort of just throwing themselves headlong into the platinum.”
– Jane Horowitz, N.P.R.

“…Earnest, intense, and actor-driven…..always imaginative.”
The Washington Post

New York Press:

FUBAR, NY Premiere by Karl Gadjusek, Directed by Larissa Kokernot

“The production pulses like an all-night Ecstasy-fueled rave.”
– The New York Times

“See FUBAR if you want to experience theatrical shock and awe.”
– Backstage NY

The Revival, World Premiere by Samuel Brett Williams, Directed by Co-Artistic Director, Michole Biancosino

“This is one of the best cast assemble for an Off-Off Broadway show in a long time, perfectly directed by Michole Biancosino…it’s certain to win over fans of good theater.”
– NY Press

“What a perfect play for these times…an enormous tale and fortunate to have a cracker jack cast that is ready, willing, and more than able.”
– NY Theatre Guide

LoveSick, or THINGS THAT DON’T HAPPEN, World Premiere, conceived and directed by Michole Biancosino, plays by Lia Romeo, songs by Tony Biancosino

“Sharp, funny, and relevant.”
Curtain Up

“Captivating, offbeat and clever.”
– NYTheatre.com

User’s Guide to Hell, featuring Bernard Madoff, World Premiere by Lee Blessing, directed by Michole Biancosino

“Provides thoughtful and funny theater. It is a production well worth seeing, and considering, in this life.”
– NYTheatre.com

The Religion Thing, NY Premiere by Renee Calarco, Directed by Doug Hall

“Incisive, provocative play that comes to town courtesy of Project Y Theatre Company”
– TimeOut NY Critics Pick! 4 stars

“Calarco writes with verve”
– New York Times

Currently, our programming includes:

Staged Readings: Each year Project Y presents a themed year-long reading series. Past themes include: Race, Women, Technology, and Feminism.

Playwrights Group: Project Y currently supports a group of writers who meet twice a month to support each others’ process and develop their own work.

Workshop Productions: Project Y is committed to fostering play development by providing playwrights the opportunity to see and hone their work in that developmental space between public readings and full productions.

Online Video Projects: Project Y conducts themed video contests. Each winning play is filmed and uploaded to our YouTube channel.

Co-Productions: Project Y provides financial and producing support to emerging playwrights in order to help launch the life of a project.

World Premieres: Project Y produces one full-length world premiere production each season.