Binger Center for New Theatre

Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre is an artist-driven initiative that devotes major resources to the commissioning, development, and production of new plays and musicals. Since 2008, the Binger Center has supported the work of more than 50 commissioned artists as well as the world premieres and subsequent productions of 31 new plays and musicals at Yale Rep and theatres across the country—including this season’s El Huracán by Charise Castro Smith, The Prisoner by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, Good Faith by Karen Hartman, and Cadillac Crew by Tori Sampson. 

The Binger Center underwrites significant opportunities for the production of new plays and musicals at Yale Rep and theatres across the country. Established in 2008, the Center was permanently endowed in 2012 by a gift from the Robina Foundation with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Time Warner Foundation Inc. and individual donors. The Center is named in honor of James H. Binger (1916-2004), the noted businessman, theatre impresario, and philanthropist who created the Robina Foundation.

Selected Binger Center Programs

Partnerships

Carson Kreitzer and Matt Gould were commissioned by Yale Rep in partnership with Full Stage USA at New Dramatists, a program made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman were commissioned by Yale Rep and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as part of OSF’s American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. Naomi Iizuka was commissioned by Yale Rep and the Huntington Theatre Company.

Submissions

All playwrights who submit their work to Yale Rep are considered for participation in Binger Center for New Theatre activities. Learn more about our submission guidelines.

Contact

For more information about the Center and its programs, please contact Jennifer Kiger, Associate Artistic Director of Yale Rep and Director of New Play Programs.