The Theatre at The Riverside Church presents a diverse range of programming including dance performances, musicals, operas, plays, movie screenings, and more. We want to engage, educate, and inspire you. Whether you want to attend original dance productions, classics such as our seasonal Nutcracker, documentary screenings, or musicals and plays from a variety of companies, we welcome you!
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.
The Theatre at The Riverside Church is a traditional Proscenium Theater perfect for performance and film screenings. It features an Apron extensions and false proscenium legs masked by soft goods, creating a full downstage of curtain line with exits stage right and left. Total seating capacity is 247: 180 raked and 67 freestanding with option for removal. There is an audio and video booth, and separate lighting booth, both located in the back of the house with full view of the stage. Two dressing rooms backstage left accommodate 10-15 people each and come equipped with toilets, hot and cold sinks, and lit make up mirrors. An additional green room is located down the hall from the theater, to accommodate larger casts. The theater has a wide variety of lighting, visual, and audio equipment available, which can be further discussed upon request.
The Riverside Church also has a wide variety of classroom, meeting, and reception space available. Please contact us today so we can learn more about your event and recommend the perfect space for you!
To inquire about renting the theater or rehearsal space, please contact Emma Matters by email or at 212-870-6807.