About us

The historic Connelly Theater is a beautiful 99-150-seat miniature opera house in the heart of NYC's East Village that now serves as a home for adventurous independent theater productions. Past productions include The Bengson’s The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), Sinking Ship's A Hunger Artist (as part of The Tank's Flint & Tinder series), Soho Rep's DUAT, Mac Wellman's The Offending Gesture (as part of The Tank's Flint & Tinder series), Daniel Kitson's A Show for Christmas, Soho Rep. & Ars Nova's Futurity, Lyspinka! The Trilogy, Mission Drift (The TEAM), The New York International Fringe Festival, Lucy Thurber's Monstrosity (13p), Anne Washburn's Apparition, and many others. The theater also serves as a location for film and television productions, including shows on HBO, ABC, MTV, PBS, and many more. The building, originally an orphanage, dates back to the mid-1870s. The theater itself was once a choir hall, with the distinctive proscenium arch and raised stage added later.

Named one of NYC's best off-off-Broadway theaters by Time Out NY

Connelly Theater General Manager: Josh Luxenberg


The Connelly Theater is part of Cornelia Connelly Center, a non-profit organization that champions girls at risk, empowering them to realize their full potential from middle school through college and beyond. All proceeds from theater rental go to the Center to support their middle school and Graduate Support program. 

For more information about the Connelly, please email us at theater@connellycenter.org.

 The Keen Company’s production of  Pullman Car Hiawatha

The Keen Company’s production of Pullman Car Hiawatha