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About The Theatre
Founded on the belief that the arts can be a transforming power in peoples’ lives, the Theatre has presented a diverse range of programming. Since its founding in 1960, the Theatre has become well known for exposing audiences to arts from many cultures, and to supporting emerging artists of all disciplines.
From 1964 to 1984, the world-renowned Riverside Dance Festival had a profound impact on the direction and development of modern dance in New York City. As a major presenter of dance, the Theatre of The Riverside Church played host to countless emerging dancers and dance companies who went on to become innovators in the modern dance world. During the 1981 season the Festival hosted 60 performance groups, from Alvin Ailey to DanceBrazil, serving approximately 30,000 people from the New York community. Theatre groups such as La Familia, created through our prison ministry, brought provocative works like ShortEyes and others. Today, the Theatre continues to present works from emerging artists of all disciplines.