From prohibition speakeasy to beloved Off Broadway playhouse Theatre 80 St Marks  is a beacon of historical and cultural significance in the East Village.   

But maintaining, restoring and preserving the historic site with ever-escalating costs in a gentrifying neighborhood is challenging and expensive.

Theatre 80 is one of the last surviving family owned and operated Off Broadway theaters, occupying two beautiful and historic 1830's townhouses, 
which along with a 199 seat theater includes The William Barnacle Tavern, Sidewalk Of The Stars and The Museum of The American Gangster.

Theatre 80 has relied on generous contributions from patrons and friends to help bridge the gap in the past, and once again we are reaching out to the community for help. 

Theatre 80 is dedicated to making performing arts more accessible  to both audience members and artists and a huge variety of performers and production companies have made Theatre 80 their artistic home.  

Theatre 80 hosts everything from traditional forms such as Shakespearean theater and flamenco dance, to the cutting edge avant-garde and works from new authors.  Its wide stage has hosted ballet, opera, musical comedy, and as well as a popular vintage film program. It launched the careers of Bob Balaban and Gary Burghoff in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,  and performers from Austin Pendleton to Sir Patrick Stewart have graced its stage.  New York Times critic Clive Barnes described Theatre 80 as "the jewel of Off Broadway" and Fodor's listed the Sidewalk Of The Stars as one of the 8 must see U.S city attractions .   With independent theaters and small business rapidly disappearing, it is more crucial than ever that we protect this invaluable New York icon. 

All donations are enormously appreciated and will go towards insuring that our precious theater never stops evolving and striving to serve artists, audiences and the New York theater community.

If you would prefer to make a donation in person, or have any specific questions, please send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

  • wendy oxenhorn 
    • $10 
    • 29 mos
  • Paul Adam Kobylarz Bongiorno 
    • $8 
    • 31 mos
  • Lucinda Hawksley 
    • $100 
    • 31 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 31 mos
  • Michaela von Schweinitz 
    • $25 
    • 32 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Theatre 80 St Marks 
New York, NY
Lorcan Otway