Mission Statement

Theatre Within is a grassroots non-profit committed to having a positive social impact by providing free, ongoing workshops in creative expression and mindfulness to underserved communities. We currently provide workshops for the NY-metro cancer community at Gilda’s Club NYC. Workshop participants are children who have lost a parent to cancer, adult cancer survivors and those in treatment. Theatre Within is also committed to celebrating John Lennon’s music, life and timeless message of peace, love and social activism with our Annual John Lennon Tribute. A New York City tradition since 1981, it is the only event of its kind in the world sanctioned by Yoko Ono. 


For nearly six decades, Theatre Within has offered a wide variety workshops in improvisation, acting, songwriting, art, meditation and more. In 2014, we launched The John Lennon Real Love Project, a songwriting workshop that uses Lennon’s songs and message to inspire participants to compose their own songs and sing their truth.  Our other current programs include MAD Art, a caricature workshop, and Meditation as the Stillpoint, a workshop in mindfulness practice. Workshop offering vary from season to season and our main focus now is on providing workshops for those whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

The Annual John Lennon Tribute

The Tribute started shortly following John Lennon’s death as a neighborhood event in our studio and has since grown into a full-scale concert attracting top talent and fans from around the world. Over the years. the Tribute has raised money for many local and international charities. Proceeds now help fund our own ife-affirming workshops and programs. Notable Tribute performers have included Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Donovan, Rosanne Cash, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Taj Mahal, David Bromberg, Martin Sexton, Joan Osborne, Aimee Mann and Cyndi Lauper.


Theatre Within has produced countless solo theater and dance works, new and classic plays, experimental workshop productions and concerts, from Why Is A Crooked Letter (1966) with Al Pacinoto 75th birthday musical tributes to Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Joni Mitchell.   

Furthering Our Positive Impact

We sometimes partner with other non-profits to help further their worthy missions. Previous beneficiaries of Theatre Within productions include Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, Clearwater, The Playing for Change Foundation, The Food Bank of NYC, Share Our Strength, The Yorkville Common Pantry, The Henry Miller Library, and Friends of the Shawangunks. In 2008, by bringing WhyHunger together with Yoko Ono, we played a vital role in helping launch the “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign.

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