The St. Bart’s Players is a membership based group who share a common passion for performing and producing quality theater.
St. Bart’s Players, founded in 1927, is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to presenting high-caliber quality theater at affordable prices.
It's home base is St. Bartholomew's Church, 325 Park Avenue at 51st Street in Manhattan, where meetings, auditions, rehearsals, cabarets, parties and other fun events are held. Most of the members, including the governing Board of Directors, hold full-time day jobs in a wide variety of careers and pursue their love of theater in their off-hours. The group is a melting pot of creativity, talent and management skills that is infused with a hard-work ethic, which is why the Players has enjoyed the long tradition of “consistently achieving professional caliber [theater].” (New York Times)
Players Onstage and Offstage
What’s striking about our shows is the level of quality not only onstage but also behind the scenes. Our creative teams (directors, music directors, stage managers, lighting, set, costume and sound designers) are paid professionals. All other positions are filled by members of the Players, who produce, assistant stage manage, run light boards and more—positions also serve to fulfill crew requirements for performing members. There is something for everyone.
The St. Bart’s Players is unique in the city’s theater history. It has endured and grown while many larger groups have come and gone. Members and audiences alike have long considered the St. Bart’s Players the friendliest theater company in New York – a welcoming and inclusive theater “home.” Its continued existence attests to its unequaled endurance in the toughest theatrical city in the world.
Our Performance Season
The Players has produced diverse dramas and comedies, such as Our Town; Look Homeward; Angel; Moon Over Buffalo; and Noises Off, as well as such contemporary and traditional musicals as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Company; Follies; Man of La Mancha; and State Fair. Our season runs from January through December, with two to three "main stage" productions. The shows are often performed off-site, in professional theater spaces in Manhattan. In addition, there are special events and fundraisers throughout the season: cabaret revues, murder mystery productions, staged play-readings and more.