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New York, NY (January 6, 2021) – The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director) has sustained major damage from a water main break that occurred early this past Monday morning. The damage is very extensive on the subterranean levels of St. Peter’s Church, which house the church’s Sanctuary and The York’s offices and facility. Up to two feet of water and mud were reported at places in the facility and the theater lobby; various elements including ceilings, walls, carpeting and perhaps even the stage have sustained major damage. The interior of the theater itself received some damage but the new seating installed a few years back seems to be intact. Crews are working long hours daily to remove and protect damaged items.

James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director at The York, stated “We are devastated but will definitely recover.” He went on to say, “There is damage everywhere from the mud and the water. We are in the midst of trying to recover archival files, scripts, lighting equipment, costumes, scenery, and 50 years of York Theatre history. Some things will definitely have to be replaced, such as computers, carpeting and some lighting equipment. What is irreplaceable are the papers and artwork which were soaked in the flood. We ask that you keep us in your thoughts.”

Evans Haile, Executive Director, said, “We are closely working with St. Peter’s Church and the City of New York to address the serious issues at hand.” He went on to add, “We will continue our online programming and will be back producing live theater again as soon as we can reopen, pending the pandemic and major repairs. We welcome donations to help get us back on track. We feel very confident in our future.”

The legendary songwriter and York supporter Tom Jones shared these words of encouragement, “The loss of all the carefully preserved material is tragic, but it is not terminal. The past is the past. The future is what counts. And the space. You have a workable space in the center of New York. That is your ace. If you have the space, you can make it work. You don't need theatre seats. Folding chairs will do. (That's what York had when it was born.) You don't need a fancy light board - at least, in the beginning. You don't even need sets or costumes - at least, in the beginning. You need a piano. You need performers and a director. And you need exciting material - material that will make people laugh and cry and feel that something special is taking place. I don't want to be Dr. Pangloss, but I honestly believe that, in the midst of the disaster, there is also a chance for a new beginning, even more exciting than the past. My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
York Strong! FY21
The York's 20/21 Season begins as our 50th Anniversary celebration continues! With your generosity, we'll be sure to celebrate another 50 years.

It's no secret that we’ve been experiencing an unprecedented year; your help is needed now more than ever to make sure we remain York Strong and ready to reopen our doors when the time comes.

Your donation today keeps our virtual education program running, our digital productions streaming, and our staff actively producing. You're an important part of The York family; your donations bring our musicals to life!
Developmental Reading Series Donation Fund
The York presents more than thirty readings of new musicals a year, giving writers, performers, and audiences the opportunity to see musicals come to life right off the page. Give to our Developmental Reading Series and help continue the future of musical theatre!
Musical Theatre Training Program (MTTP)
Each summer and winter, The York hosts its Musical Theatre Training Program (MTTP), bringing students from all over the country and the world to study with the industry's top artists. By supporting MTTP, you will be giving an inspirational opportunity to a gifted young student..
Production Support
Producing a fully-staged musical at The York costs, on average, $450,000. In addition to grants and corporate support, we greatly depend on generous individual contributions. By giving towards Production Support, your donation will directly influence bringing our musicals to life.
NEO (new emerging outstanding)
Each year, four new, emerging, and outstanding musical theatre writers or teams are selected for The York's NEO program. After a launch concert featuring work by all four, each writer or team is given a fully-funded reading of a work in progress. By giving to NEO, you are helping The York to support, mentor, and showcase the next generation of great musical theatre writing talent.
Mildred Kayden Fund
Mildred Kayden was a gifted composer whose musicals Ionescopadeand Storyville were seen on The York's stage; she was also passionate about educating younger generations of music and theatre artists. A generous donation has been made to seed a fund in her memory to provide scholarships to MTTP students and to support emerging female musical theatre writers as part of the NEO program. By giving to the Mildred Kayden Fund, you are keeping her passion and legacy alive.
Sally Smith Fund
Sally Smith was a devoted patron and longtime board member of The York who preferred to make her contributions behind the scenes, as part of the technical crew in the company's early days. This fund established in her memory helps The York to cover the costs for all of the things that happen backstage for the show to happen: set design and construction, lighting, sound, and much more. Giving to the Sally Smith Fund helps with all of these things that are necessary but often overlooked in the creation of musical theatre.
Wells Fargo Employee Giving
Wells Fargo is a corporate sponsor of The York Theatre Company. If you are an employee of Wells Fargo, and you support the performing arts and musical theatre education, this is where your donation can make a difference!
The Austin Graham Memorial Fund
The York honors the memory of longtime York Theatre Company board member and supporter Austin Graham.

Austin Andrew Graham, Jr., age 89, peacefully passed away at his home in New York City surrounded by his family on Friday, December 28, 2018. He served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in January 1955. Austin graduated from Fordham University and was a Merrill Lynch Stock Broker with a career spanning over six decades. His favorite pastime was baseball and was captain of the Merrill Lynch team where he earned the nickname "Commissioner" of which he used liberally throughout his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to The York Theatre Company of NYC.