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About Us

Our Mission

The Lark is an international theater laboratory, based in New York City, dedicated to empowering playwrights by providing transformative support within a global community. 

We provide writers with money, space, collaborators, audiences, professional connections and the freedom to design their own processes of exploration. 

We believe that playwrights are society’s truth tellers and their work strengthens our collective capacity to understand our world and imagine its future. 

What if writers had the freedom and the resources to write whatever they chose, without political or commercial pressures? What if more diverse voices were included in the mainstream? What if everyone in America were part of a creative community?”
— John Clinton Eisner, Artistic Director

Our Beliefs

The Individual Voice is Powerful

We believe that playwrights are leaders, not simply within the scope of the performing arts but as spokespersons in the wider world.

New Plays Spark Conversation

We believe in the value of conversation. Theater brings people from different backgrounds together under intimate circumstances to generate discussion and debate through which we recognize one another’s humanity.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are Fundamental

We believe that differences in identity – including age, background, class, gender, nationality, physical ability, race, sexual orientation and thinking style – bring vibrancy to our organization and that such differences help us better connect with the range of stories that reflect our complex and changing world.

Global Exchange Expands Our Humanity

We believe in building bridges between cultures where artists, theater leaders, and involved citizens – who might not otherwise cross paths – may meet in common pursuit of fresh methods and vocabulary with which to address the challenges of the 21st century. 

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