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VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is a community of artists who believe that a shared theatrical experience profoundly affects people’s lives. We create stories that challenge our audience to ask questions, make discoveries and engage in dialogue.

If one adult is inspired,
if one child’s imagination is awakened,
if one student is empowered,
our theatre is important and VITAL.

A Brief History of Vital Theatre:

Vital was founded in March of 1999 with the goal of creating a safe home to nurture emerging theatre artists — and that vision has blossomed. Now in its thirteenth season, VITAL THEATRE COMPANY moved into its spacious new Upper West Side home at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre in November of 2004. Previously, Vital performed at our two intimate spaces on Theatre Row in midtown Manhattan.

Since its founding, Vital has presented over 96 original productions for over 428,000 children and their families.

Vital Theatre Company is proud to have been recognized with the following honors: 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Awards Best Family Show: StinkyKids The Musical; American Theatre Wing Award for Continued Commitment to Excellence in Theatre (2006, 2007); Off-Off Broadway Review (OOBR) Awards for Excellence: The King of Mackie Street, Funny, Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery (also nominated for Outstanding Production of a Play by New York IT Awards & Audelco Award for Best Ensemble), Idiot's Delight, The Ballad of Irving the Frog; Theatre Company of the Year by nytheatre.com for Vital Children's Theatre Company Season; and All Stars Project Inc.'s Community Recognition Award to Vital Children's Theatre.


Vital Voices: Arts in Education provides residencies that implement theatre arts integration models in schools throughout New York City. In September 2007, VITAL THEATRE COMPANY became a lead partner in Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Vital teaching artists are integrating theatre arts into the humanities curriculum in an effort to jumpstart academic progress.

Vital is:

Stephen Sunderlin
Artistic Director 

Linda Ames Key
Education Director

Rennie Matias
Finance Manager

Stephanie Usis
Company Manager

Kathleen Toner
Booking Director

Yoni Aguilar
Booking Assistant

Vital Theatre Company's Founding Members:
Stephen Sunderlin, Michael Schloegl, Scott C. Embler, Laura M. Stevens

2162 Broadway, 4th floor at 76th Street, New York, NY 10024 (212) 579-0528   © 2007 Vital Theatre Company, Inc.