Purpose and Mission
Bond Street Theatre creates innovative performances that cross cultural borders, and initiates theatre-based projects for education, healing and empowerment in critical areas worldwide.
Current focus areas:
Afghanistan: Our ongoing Theatre for Social Development project builds the capacity of local theatre organizations to apply their art to social improvement and creates new women’s troupes to reach all-female audiences isolated by tradition, location, or incarceration.
Burma: We are partnering with Thukhuma Khayeethe (Art Travelers), one of the only theatre troupes that dares to perform contemporary theatre, to train artists in social theatre methods and their practical applications for community education and social empowerment.
Haiti: With our partner FAVILEK (Haitian Women Get Up, Stand Up), themselves all sexual violence survivors, we are creating original theatre about the earthquake, the aftermath, and the continued insecurity for women and girls.
Guatemala: The new Acting for Peace project in Guatemala creates sustainable theatre programs for at-risk women and youth living in rural areas, providing creative tools to help heal the country still recovering from 36 years of civil war.
The Bond Street Theatre Coalition, Ltd. is a not-for-profit, 501( c )(3) corporation.
Bond Street Theatre’s programs are made possible through the generous support from the United States Embassy in Kabul, United States Institute of Peace, Asian Cultural Council, JPMorgan Chase (ART-NY), Ford Foundation, Mellon Foundation, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Theatre Communications Group, Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Puffin Foundation, Riverside Church Sharing Fund, CEC-Artslink, Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Fund, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Ida’s Hjelpefond, and many generous individual donors.
Our work is also made possible by National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, and United States Embassies around the world.
Bond Street Theatre was also the recipient of a MacArthur Award for its creative interdisciplinary and intercultural programming.