About Us

Getting here

Queens Theatre is located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly under the iconic towers of the New York State Pavillion. We are easily accessible by car, bus and subway.

Free Shuttle Service

Proceed to street level at the Mets-Willets Point station and pick up our free Shuttle Bus, which makes stops right outside the station approximately every 10 minutes beginning one hour prior to curtain. If you'd prefer to walk, take the boardwalk from the station past the USTA National Tennis Center. At the end of the boardwalk, follow the tree-lined path on your right to the Unisphere, then bear left toward the towers. 

For additional directions via mass transit, visit the MTA website. 

Directions By Car

Queens Theatre is accessible by all major highways that traverse Queens and is minutes away from Long Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Westchester. And the best part? Parking is always FREE.

Take a Cab

For a low price and great service to Queens Theatre from all areas of NY or NJ call Cibao car service at 718.478.3223. Mention Queens Theater and save 10%! Rates from Manhattan range from $32-45.

Directions From Subway

From Manhattan/Long Island City: Take the Queens-bound E or F train and transfer at 74th Street-Broadway for the Flushing-bound 7 train to the Mets-Willets Point station. Turn left out of the turnstiles, following signs to LIRR/Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Our Mission

Queens Theatre (QT) is the premier performing arts venue in Queens. QT’s mission is to provide quality and diverse performing arts activities that are economically and geographically accessible to the 2.2 million residents of Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, and the surrounding metropolitan region. To foster greater cultural awareness and appreciation, the Theatre presents and produces programs that reflect this diversity and features international, national and local artists.


Queens Theatre began as the Theaterama, one of three structures designed by renowned modernist architect Phillip Johnson to comprise the New York State Pavillion at the 1964 World's Fair. Its neighbors were the triple Astro-View towers, with its 226 and 181-foot high observations decks and 85-foot high restaurant and lounge, and the Tent of Tomorrow, a massive open-air pavillion with a multi-colored fiberglass roof and large-scale map of New York State on its terrazzo floor.

While the Theaterama showed a 360-degree panoramic film on the State of New York inside, its exterior was an equally impressive sight: its façade was adorned with large-scale original artwork by some of the most famous pop artists of the day, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and Ellsworth Kelly.

When the fair closed in 1965, the pavilion was one of the few structures spared demolition.

In 1972, Theaterama was converted from a movie theatre to a live entertainment venue. After being managed by a number of organizations, Queens Theatre was officially established in 1989 and, after a $4 million renovation, Queens Theatre officially opened on October 16, 1993 with a gala performance hosted by Kitty Carlisle Hart that honored Queens Borough President Claire Shulman.

Today, Queens Theatre is a vibrant performing arts center with three performance spaces: its 472-seat mainstage theatre, 99-seat studio theatre and its intimate cabaret & cocktail bar. The theatre is committed to presenting world-class theatre, music and dance as well as programming that reflects the diversity of the community that supports it.

Queens Theatre is also one of the only performing arts center in the borough that actively develops new works through two New Play Development programs, including Inmigrant Voices Project, a program that develops work that represent the rich cultural diversity of New York City. More than 75 new plays have received staged readings and productions at Queens Theatre, most notably Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph, which premiered on Broadway in 2011 in a production that starred Robin Williams and directed by Moises Kaufman.



Taryn Sacramone, Managing Director


Barbara Matovu, Development Coordinator


Richard Hinojosa, Director of Education


Rob Urbinati, Director of New Play Development


Alexis Lubin, Finance Manager


Thibault Courtois, Marketing Manager


Box Office

Laura Kabelka, Box Office Manager
Angelica Aviles, Box Office Assistant
Norma Bianco, Box Office Assistant

Front of House

Willy Mosquera, House Manager
Fernando Bianco, Associate House Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
Robert Lavin, Shuttle Service


Jay Rogers, Director of Operations
Connie Baker, Rentals & Events Manager
Jeff Frazier, Operations and Production Coordinator
Jorge Toro, Building Attendant
Charles Bennett, Building Attendant
Shawn Riley, Building Attendant


Annie Jacobs, Production Manager
Steve Wolf, Assistant Production Manager/Lighting Supervisor
Mike Lawler, Technical Director/Sound Supervisor

Board of Directors

Frances A. Resheske | President

Tracy Capune | Vice President

Gary Kesner | Vice President

Bruce Levine | Treasurer

Mark Misk | Secretary


Georgiana Benatti | Member

Steve Chen | Member

Linda DeSabato | Member

Salvatore DiMartino | Member

Yi Kuang | Member

Ana Oliveira | Member

Louis Vlahos | Member

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioEx-Officio Member

Commissioner Tom FinkelpearlEx-Officio Member

Queens Borough President Melinda KatzEx-Officio Member

Commissioner Dorothy LewandowskiEx-Officio Member



Four versatile spaces that together can accommodate virtually any private event, including corporate meetings and business conferences,weddings, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, receptions, concerts, workshops and more.

Easily accessible by all major highways that traverse Queens as well as the MTA #7 Flushing Line and various bus routes. Centrally located between LaGuardia and JFK Airports. ADA compliant. Ample convenient, and free parking. Comfortably heated and air conditioned.

Queens Theatre’s skilled technicians and courteous staff will work with you to make your event successful and one you will not forget.

Click here to view the recent article on our award winning facilities.

For more detailed information and a complete listing of our available inventory, please contact :

Connie Baker
Email: cbaker@queenstheatre.org
Phone: 347-472-3724

Main Stage Theatre

Seating capacity: 472

Stage: 50' wide x 29' 6" deep at center

Proscenium: 24' high x 38' 8" wide

Five (5) dressing rooms that can
accommodate up to 46 performers,
restrooms with showers and a green

Harlequin gray/black reversible dance
floor available

Full complement of lighting, sound and
projection equipment, risers and soft

At 472 seats, our Mainstage Theatre has the ability to make each of your guests feel like they have the best seat in the house. Renovated in 1993, the Mainstage features a proscenium/thrust stage, lavish legroom and an intimate feel that make this the perfect venue for your next seminar, product launch or full theatrical production.

Studio Theatre

Seating capacity: 90 on portable risers

Room dimensions: 36' x 50'

Ceiling height: 11' 10";
Height to bottom of grid: 10' 51/2"

Two black full stage curtains and white 
cyc available

Shares dressing rooms and green room
with the Mainstage Theatre

Concrete floor with black plywood

Full complement of lighting and sound

This 90-seat, “black box”-style theatre is a flexible space outfitted with stage lighting and sound equipment that can assist in taking your event to new heights. Capable of hosting everything from a lecture or workshop to an intimate theatrical production with proscenium, thrust or in-the-round seating.


Seating capacity:
50-55, plus seating at the built-in-bar

Semicircular room, approximately 44'
wide by 27' deep

Stage dimensions:
8' deep x 12' wide x 8' high. Can be
expanded by reducing seating capacity

Full lighting grid; height 11' 6' at one 
end, 14' 2" high over the stage

Full complement of lighting and sound 
equipment, including projection
capabilities with built-in automatic

This 90-seat, “black box”-style theatre is a flexible space outfitted with stage lighting and sound equipment that can assist in taking your event to new heights. Capable of hosting everything from a lecture or workshop to an intimate theatrical production with proscenium, thrust or in-the-round seating.

The Lobby

Also available:
Complete box office services

2 Yamaha U1H upright pianos,
1 Steinway Baby Grand Piano

20 orchestra stands and 50 deluxe
stage chairs

Additional musical equipment available

Washer, dryer, steaming and ironing

Portable 4x6 and 4x8 risers with
heights of 8", 16", 24" and 32"

15" x 96" and 30" x 96" folding tables,
and 24" square pedestal tables

Built in 2010, our award-winning glass-walled lobby, with its sweeping views of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, provides the perfect spot for any gathering. With an open floor plan, Italian marble floors and sleek modern design, this bright, airy, 2,800 square foot space can accommodate sit-down dinners, cocktail receptions and more.

New Play Development

New American Voices (NAV), (formerly The Immigrant Voices Project), Queens Theatre's renowned new play development program, presents works by writers who represent the rich cultural diversity of the evolving populations of the borough of Queens, New York City and the United States.  Since its inception in 2002, approximately one hundred new works have received Play Readings, Showcases and Full Productions on Queens Theatre's three stages. Audiences have the unique opportunity to participate directly in the development process in post-show discussions with the playwrights, directors and actors. Many writers whose early drafts or premiere productions of their work were presented through NAV have gone on to prominent careers in theatre, including Kristoffer Diaz, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in 2010, Heather Raffo, the Lucille Lortel Award-winning Iraqi American playwright and actress, and Rajiv Joseph, whose play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo which premiered at Queens Theatre in 2007, opened on Broadway in 2011.


This fall, Queens Theatre will be partnering with Theatre 167, Ma-Yi Theater Company, and Mission to dit(Mars), a Queens-based Theatre Arts Collective to present readings of three distinct new plays by women writers. All readings are free of charge, but reservations are encouraged.

Unlike many New York City play development programs, which present Play Readings and Showcases to industry professionals, New American Voices’ audiences are a diverse and dedicated group of theatergoers who cross racial, ethnic, economic, and generational lines. Playwrights receive honest feedback from these passionate “non-professionals” during post-show talkbacks, which provide Queens Theatre audiences with an opportunity to participate directly in the process of play development.


New American Voices Submission Policies

A year-round initiative, NAV has an open submission policy. We accept submissions of new plays by all writers, with any cast size, giving preference to work by emerging minority writers and “underrepresented” voices. We are particularly interested in original, provocative plays which respond to contemporary issues from various cultural perspectives.

Depending on the developmental needs of the script, each selected NAV play receives either a Reading, a Showcase Production, or a Full Production. NAV’s artistic leadership works with each playwright to nurture these plays through the development process.

Queens Theatre is committed to providing opportunities for all writers, regardless of age, ethnicity, or experience. We do not require that a writer has representation, or that scripts are submitted through an agent. However we only accept submission of plays which fit squarely into the parameters of our mission.



Casting Consultant

Tom Rowan

Director of New Play Development

Rob Urbinati

Please do not send unsolicited scripts.

Email a letter of inquiry, synopsis, cast breakdown, resume and production history to Rob Urbinati, Director of New Play Development at: roburbinati@gmail.com

No children's shows or one acts, please.

Response to inquiry email

3 months

Response to requested scripts

6 months


Richard Abbadessa
Michael Anaya
Misla Anita
Standford Apefelroth
Sanford & Rochelle Apfelroth
Louis & Basheva Appleman
Soon Baik
Nandalall Balram
Irene Balram
Laura Barajas
Eva Baron
Evelyn Baron
Merrit Baslow
Elinor Battino
Angela Berardino
Augusto  & E. Betancourt
E Betancourt
Etelka Blaser
Sybil Blumenthal
Estelle & Wallace Bock
Donna Boff
Ellen M. Bogart
Gerald L Bollinger
Rose-Marie Borg
Depak Borhara
Julie Botnick
Shlomo Boukai
Leonard Bronfeld
Charles and Arlene Campisi
Constance Capobianco
Eugene Carl
Angelo & Evangeline Carrion & Ching
Jorge Castillo
Xie Chenxi
Grace Choi
Tom H Chou
Alice Chou
Arnold & Stella Chu
Anthony Cilento
Jaznia Collins
Miguel Concepcion
Kevin Coogan
Marcelle Coquignier
Candace Corlett
Janice Costi
Jacot Costi
Donald Cusgal
Mark Cutolo
Kathy-Jo De Vos
Sylvia and James Delaney
Joann Demas
John Dixon
Ben Dolphin
Gayle Dorsky
Mariana Falconi
Charles Falkowitz
Fred and Lenore Feinstein
Xie Feng
Ester Figueroa-Neubacher
Robyn Fisher
Anne Frankel
Leah Friedlander
Judith Galindez
Erica Glenn
Wendy Gold
Ralph Goldberg
Gregorio and Margarita Gomez
Belinda Gonzalez
Nishanth Gopinathan
Arnold Graff
Sol Greenbaum
Protacio Gulle
Elain Hakim
Jacques Hakim
John Halaja
Lawrence Handler
Cathryn Harding
Wardeh Hattab
Tania Heredia De Halaja
Leslie Ho
Liu Huileng
Kelly Huynh
Beena Iype
Marguerite Jerger
John Jerger
Amanda Johnson
Charlotte Johnson
Christopher Jordan
Won Y Jung
Todd Kadish
Lisa Karakaya
Adell Kenneth
Diran & Satenit Keyan
Imran Khan
Irek Khayretdinov
Jacqueline Kiang
Jinseop Kim
Barbara Konigsberg
Khira Krombie
Soon Ae Kwon
Oh Y Kwon
Jeffrey Lambert
Kathleen & Donald Lang
Michael Lawless
Ralph Lawrence
Kin-Wah Lee
Judith Levi
Marlene & Allen levine
Jessica Levingston Mac Leod
Betty Lewin
Beth Lin
Junko Lindberg
Paul Lindberg
Hagler Lioz
Xiaoshuai Liu
Carla Lowenheim
Ryan Mahoney
Shivani Malhorta
Jessica Mardkhaev
Mathew Mariano
Denise Marin
Luis Martins
Michael Mauro
Katherine McGowen
Edward McLaughlin
Anna McLaughlin
Alexa Mclntyre
Perry Melvin
Malcom Meyers
Marsha Meyers
Gary Miller
Joan Monroe
Charles Monroe
Craig Moreschini
Feiga Morgenstern
Marty Morrison
Kwame Muhammad
Eric Neubacher
Joanne Nicholas
Zhang Ning
Geoffrey Nulle
Joan O'Kray
Carolyn Obergfell
Jane Odartey
Kim Ohanian
Beverly S. Oppenheim-Patterson
Beverly Ostrander
Renee Ostroll
Jaclyn Packer
Andrea Paray
Cristobal Parra
Maria Paulino
Nasha Pedota
Evelyn Penigo
Alexa Pierce
Jorge Porta
Irene Profetto
Frances A. Resheske
Emily Respass
Richard Reynolds
Zane Rhodes
Allie Roberts
Maria R Rodriguez
Luis Rodriguez-Ema
David Rosenblum
Francine Sailor
Louise Santeramo
Jacqueline Sato
Catherine Scandalis
George Schafer
Ewa Schaller
Pascal Schaller
Dr. Harvey, Toni Schlossberg
Patrick & Kathleen Schweiger
Richard H. & Nancy Seroff
Edith Shaar
Shifra Sharbat
Stephen Shepard
Amy Sherman
Bernice Siegal
Wendy Silverstein
Filonila Singson
Sher Sparano
Elizabeth Spiegler
Nancy Spiteri
Michael Spiteri
Tracey Starin
Linnea Stuart
Kim Suhha
Nareefa Sukhram
Aniel Sukhram
Jie Sun
Claire Surval
John Sutton
Benson Tam
Daniel Thilman
Ronald Tirino
Aynur Uzer
Adriana I Vega
Julieta J Velazquez
Ninette Vitale
Hope Vogel
Angela Vulich
Barbara Waas
Maria Wachel
Andre Walker
Bruce Wallen
Natalie Weiner
Stephen Weiner
Dale Weiner
Rosalie Weintraub
Christina Williams
Elaine Winograd
John Wirth
Janet Wise
Sandy & Lenny Wolman
Darlene Wone
Amy Wong
Susan Wong
Liz Woodburn
Ninoshka Woods
Joshua Wright
Qiewn Yu
Jia Yuehan
Weijia Zheng
Hou Zhong Jun
Jilin Zhou
Kathleen and Andrew Ziegler