Mission Statement

Theatre Within is a 501(c)3 grassroots non-profit committed to having a positive social impact through the performing arts and ongoing workshops in consciousness and creative expression.

We provide workshops in meditation, songwriting and more at no cost to non-profits that serve communities in-need, such as Gilda’s Club, NYC.

We create opportunities for the artist in each of us to be nourished and for performing artists to give back to the world through their art. We believe that empowering each individual’s artistic expression is a social good and that taking action for the benefit of others is good for the individual.

John Lennon is an inspiration to us because he exemplified this link. He was courageous and honest in pursuing his own growth as an individual; he used his art as a vehicle for that growth and as a platform to inspire positive social change and for the pursuit of peace.

Since 1962 Theatre Within has offered intensive and transformative workshops in creative expression and personal growth. Workshops are offered on a “tuition-free” basis to the public and at no cost to non-profit organizations serving communities in need. In 2014 we launched The John Lennon Real Love Project, a mobile songwriting workshop for children and teens at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx. The John Lennon Real Love Project will continue this year at Gilda’s Club NYC, which provides free support programs for those whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Our newest workshop, Celebrating Intimacy: An Overview of Meditation Practice, will run from June through October 2016, also at Gilda’s Club NYC.

The Annual John Lennon Tribute
Our signature production since 1981 has been the Annual John Lennon Tribute. The only ongoing John Lennon Tribute in North America officially sanctioned by Yoko Ono, over the years the Tribute has raised money to feed the hungry, build music schools in the Third World, support disaster relief, and fund Theatre Within workshops. Notable performers have included Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Taj Mahal, David Bromberg, Martin Sexton, Joan Osborne, Aimee Mann and Cyndi Lauper.

In the last 50+ years, Theatre Within has produced countless solo and theater dance works, new and classic plays, experimental workshop productions, and concerts, from Why Is A Crooked Letter (1966) with Al Pacino to Songs of Love & Revolution (2014) with Bettye LaVette and Tom Chapin.

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, which continues to raise money to help feed the hungry around the world.

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