PTP/NYC was founded in 1987 by Cheryl Faraone, Richard Romagnoli, new faculty members at Middlebury College and Jim Petosa (Co-Artistic Directors)—theatre visionaries determined to establish a dynamic and provocative professional theatre company which would also provide a professional bridge to theatre for aspiring young theatre students. From the outset, the work of the company was supported by Middlebury College. The company convenes every summer on Middlebury’s campus to begin itsrehearsal process before moving to NY for a five week season. It remains the only such collaboration between a liberal arts college and a professional theatre in the country.
Alex Draper, currently Associate Artistic Director, appeared in the first two seasons as a student and has returned many times since as an Equity actor.
From 1987-2006, as PTP in Maryland, the company produced 75 main stage productions along with numerous new play readings and late night experimental productions. In 2007, the company returned to New York and became PTP/NYC.
In its 27 seasons, the voices of PTP/NYC’s writers have addressed the necessity and difficulty of art, pornography, AIDS, homelessness, censorship, totalitarianism, apartheid and gender wars, always in passionate, deeply human terms.