Established in 1965 at the start of the regional theatre movement, Long Wharf Theatre was born on the notion that New Haven deserves an active arts culture that is locally created. Our founders shared the dream of starting a professional theatre company in Connecticut, built with the aid of community leaders and patrons of the arts. We are a theatre of international renown, recognized for a historic commitment to commissioning, developing, and producing new work. 

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Founding leaders of Long Wharf Theatre gathered for an “Insider’s Night” in 1965.

Jacob G. Padrón, Artistic Director

what we stand for

Meaningful Partnerships

  • Meaningful Partnerships
  • Artistic Innovation
  • Radical Inclusion

Long Wharf Theatre is becoming a model for the new American theatre, responding to a legacy of racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and violence with a commitment to BIPOC and women leaders and theatre-makers. As a leading incubator of new work, we create the future of theatre by offering resources, workshopping, and a receptive audience to emerging and established playwrights. From our organizational culture to our role in community partnerships, we live by our guiding ethos: “Theatre is for everyone.” 


How can the life-giving joys of theatre connect us all?

We are creating an American theatre that embraces storytelling as a means for producing societal change. Theatre is a uniquely communal art connecting the written word to the visual and performing arts. Theatre allows for radical inclusion and collective catharsis. When we look at characters on a stage, we see ourselves and our neighbors. We bear witness to our shared humanity and accept an invitation to live connected, art-filled lives. 

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