Venue History

Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Celebrating 10 Years

After leaving the Criterion Center in 1999, Roundabout Theatre Company sought a permanent home off-Broadway to showcase a range of works by new and established playwrights. That search ended when Roundabout signed a 20-year lease on this theatre center. Built in the 1960s, the facility was not updated until Roundabout renovated the space in 2004 to create the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Today, Roundabout proudly celebrates the 10th Anniversary of this incredible theatre complex, which produces the highest quality off-Broadway theatre in New York. In just ten years, 38 productions, including 25 new works, 3 commissioned plays, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist, and the inaugural play Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage and starring Viola Davis, have all found their way to the stages housed at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.
As you descend into the complex, you encounter on the mezzanine the Yegen and Donnalley Lounge, named for board members Chris Yegen and Bob Donnalley. It was designed as a private space for Chairman’s Circle members to relax before a show or during intermission. Named for the late board member and dear friend of Roundabout, the Bruce Mitchell Lobby on the cafĂ© level is an open space for you to meet and enjoy refreshments.

Laura Pels Theatre

The main stage is named for board member Laura Pels, whose generosity in 1995 helped create the company’s first off-Broadway theatre at the Criterion Center. Before the renovation, the theater sat 350 in a very basic design, but the capacity had to be expanded in order to accommodate Roundabout’s sizeable subscription audience, while still maintaining a sense of intimacy. A new mezzanine was installed where the sound and lighting booth once stood, relocating the booth one flight up and increasing the theatre by 74 seats, bringing the total to 424.

Black Box Theatre 

On the lowest level is the 62-seat Black Box Theatre, home to Roundabout Underground, which offers new plays and experimental workshops. Every summer, Roundabout’s on-site after school program, Roundabout Youth Ensemble, uses the Black Box Theatre to present an original play, written, developed, designed, and produced by the students. Jodi’s Lounge is named for Leadership Council member, Jodi Glucksman, who generously underwrites a portion of Roundabout’s New Play Initiative program each year.
The third floor of the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre provides administrative offices for Education at Roundabout staff and multi-purpose spaces for Roundabout teaching artists to create innovative theatre education programs.