TheaterWorks! classes teach performance and writing skills to working people. In each 12- to 16-week workshop, students write and rehearse short theatrical pieces based on their work experiences, and perform them before an invited audience. The TheaterWorks! program is overseen by Educational Instructors Joe Roland and Joe White and Producing Artistic Director Mark Plesent.


Final Performance:


Monday, February 12th, 7pm

at The A.R.T./New York Gural Theatre


CLICK HERE to see photos from the evening

Final Performance:


Tuesday, May 22nd, 7pm

at the Elebash Recital Hall,
The Graduate Center, CUNY





The Center for the Humanities and Labor of Care Archive at the Graduate Center, CUNY in collaboration with the Working Theater and PSC-CUNY, is pleased to present TheaterWorks! on Caregiving at CUNY. The workshop is tailored to CUNY students, faculty, and staff who are PSC-CUNY or DC37 members involved with the care of an elderly, ill, or disabled family member and who are looking to write about the care relationship, the labor involved, and/or its impact on their life and work. For more information, visit

The goals of TheaterWorks!

  • to combat the sense of alienation many workers feel toward their jobs by providing them with a non-threatening creative environment in which to explore the meaning of what they do
  • to teach creative problem solving
  • to foster self-expression
  • to help engender personal and long-term connections to the arts

TheaterWorks! is offered to corporations and unions as a resource for their employees and members, and each class is tailored to meet the specific needs of the host organization. Since its inception, the program has served workers at District Council 37, Transport Workers Local 100, Social Services Employees Local 371, Building Service Employees Local 32BJ, Communication Workers of America Local 1180 Retirees and to members of UNITE! employed by Amalgamated Life Insurance. In early 2007, the Working Theater inaugurated a new course at Cornell University’s School of Industry and Labor Relations.


The 2017 CWA 1180 Retirees TheaterWorks! Final Performance- photos by P. Kevin O’Leary