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Prospect Theater Company was founded in 1998 and produced its first show in 1999.  Prospect is dedicated to fostering and showcasing today's new voices shaping tomorrow's musicals.  In a pioneering spirit, we develop and produce new musical theater works.  We are committed to providing production opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists. 

Prospect creates educational and training opportunities, and sustains a supportive network within the field, including an artist alumni community that encompasses well over 2,000 creative professionals shaping the next generation of the American musical.   We provide a forum for artists and audiences to connect and learn from each other, and we aim to nurture the work of this vibrant community through creating an inclusive space where fearless choices are possible.

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L to R: John Yi, Thani Brant, Aline Mayagoitia, Darron Hayes, Josh Lamon, Ashley Blanchett, Judy McLane.  NOTES FROM NOW.  Photo by Richard Termine.


Prospect values intelligent, thought-provoking work – which reverberates with history and resonates in the heart – in a variety of often boundary-pushing genres and styles.  We aspire not only to produce quality shows, but to do so with a commitment to a set of values in the way which we create.  Our working values include:

  • Community.  We strive to create a welcoming atmosphere that is inclusive, empathetic and fun.  We are ensemble-focused, and collaborative.

  • Innovation.  We are pioneering and curious, and embrace change as part of the creative process.

  • Excellence.  We work toward high-quality, ambitious and impactful processes and results.

  • Connection.   We want our work to be meaningful and life-affirming.  We aspire to produce shows that spark joy, and move audiences.

  • Diversity.  We engage a multitude of voices, to illuminate untold stories.  We strive to elevate the full spectrum of humanity.

  • Balance.  We value the humans at the center of our artistic processes, and their well-being.


Over two decades, Prospect has mounted full productions of nearly 40 new musicals, as well as presented hundreds of concerts, readings, and developmental labs, affirming our place as one of NYC’s foremost incubators of new musical theater talent.  In addition to our musical premieres, we have produced new plays and numerous "revisals" and re-inventions of classic works.

Reflecting its investment in the future of the field, Prospect leads a variety of developmental initiatives: including an annual Musical Theater Lab for emerging writers, and the IGNITE Series of new musical theater in concert. In 2020, Prospect launched the VISION Series of original music-theater works on film, created for online streaming. In recognition of its enterprising and risk-taking new musical theater, the company has received an OBIE Award grant, and its role as a community anchor for emerging artists that strengthens the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theater was honored by the American Theatre Wing.


In 2023 Prospect produced the NYC Off-Broadway premiere of the acclaimed musical Lizard Boy at Theatre Row, and in 2022 we commissioned and produced (at 59E59 Theaters) the musical song-cycle Notes From Now – Songs of Resilience & Renewal, featuring a lineup of newly-commissioned original songs created by 21 of today’s brightest musical theater writers. Previously, Prospect produced the Drama Desk Award-nominated Einstein’s Dreams (2019) by Joanne Sydney Lessner & Joshua Rosenblum, adapted from the novel by Alan Lightman, and the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-nominated The Hello Girls (2018), by company founding artists Peter Mills & Cara Reichel.  Currently commissioned projects in development include The Oscar Micheaux Project (NAMT Festival 2023), a new musical from the Brooklyn-based group Bandits on the Run about the Yukon Gold Rush, and a new original musical by company founders Mills and Reichel, The Troupe.

Other notable productions include: Kerrigan & Lowdermilk's The Mad Ones (2017); Ryan Scott Oliver and Hunter Foster's Jasper in Deadland (2014); the Drama Desk nominated Tamar of the River (2013) by Joshua H. Cohen and Marisa Michelson; Carner & Gregor's Unlock'd (2013); Gordon Greenberg's revisal of Working (Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble, 2012) including new songs by Lin Manuel Miranda; and Elizabeth Lucas' re-imagining of Guettel's Myths and Hymns (2012).

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