Partnership with NYRP

Did you know that this year we’re partnering with NYRP to present the whole Communal Spaces festival in their gardens? Learn more about this incredible organization!

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers deserve beautiful, high-quality public space within ready walking distance of their homes. Since our founding in 1995 by Bette Midler, NYRP has planted trees, renovated gardens, restored parks, and transformed open space for communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. As New York’s only citywide conservancy, we bring private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support, fortifying the City’s aging infrastructure and creating a healthier environment for those who live in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods.



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Help us pay our artists! Every dollar donated to this campaign will go directly to the incredible actors, directors, playwrights, and graphic designer who make this festival possible. We’re aiming for $3,500. Give today!

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Communal Spaces 2017 – The Directors!

We are so so excited to have new and returning directors with us this year! Check them out!


Dagger-01.jpgWill Dagger has helped develop new work at EST, New Dramatists, The Lark, Primary Stages, Colt Couer, Lesser America, The Actors Studio, The Pearl Theatre, The New Group, and Naked Angels. Recent acting credits include Among The Dead (Ma-Yi), The Convent of Pleasure (Cherry Lane), Trees in their youth (Signature Center), Latter Days (Ars Nova), Wood Calls Out To Wood (Brooklyn College Weasel Festival at The Public), Verano Place (FringeNYC Outstanding Ensemble), Pucker Up and Blow (FringeNYC Best Overall Play), and Napoleon in Exile (59E59). His performance in a short film adaptation of the latter earned him Best Actor Award from the 30under30 Festival. Will is a co-founder and director of Calliope, a theatre company that devises large-ensemble hyperrealistic plays through long-form improvisation loosely inspired by classic works of literature and poetry. He has directed pieces for #Serials@TheFlea, Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop, Nylon Fusion Collective, The Motor Company, Hearth Gods, The Dirty Blondes, American Globe Theatre, and Tiny Rhino, and is an alum of Kenyon College, BADA, and The Habitat’s Director Playground.

roman headshot 1Gineiris Garcia is a New York-based director. Recently, she has directed work with the MCC Theater Youth Company and assisted David Mendizábal on The Movement Theater Company’s production of And She Would Stand Like This by Harrison David Rivers, choreographed by Kia LaBeija. Gineiris has also participated in MCC’s FreshPlay Festival, Developing Artists’ Rebel Verses Youth Arts Festival and The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals 2017. She received her BA in Theater Studies from Yale University.

IMG_5767_2Lillian Meredith is a New York-based theater artist focused primarily on creating and developing new and site-responsive plays. Recent credits include Clubbed Thumb, Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience, Ars Nova, Culture Project, Dixon Place, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Lillian is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Motor Company, a founding member of The Living Room (#liberated at ANT FEST 2015 and IRT 3B Development Series 2016), and an associate artist of The Instigators. She is also a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the inaugural Clubbed Thumb Director’s Fellowship, and the director of the West Kortright Centre’s Shakespeare in the Valley teen theater program. Proud alumna: Vassar College, National Theater Institute. Future proud alumna: Brooklyn College (MFA expected 2019).

Lindsey_005Lindsey Hope Pearlman is thrilled to be back at Garden Plays. As a director, she’s worked at O’Neill Theatre Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, and Barn Arts Collective.  Most recently, she was the Assistant Director of Bandstand on Broadway, directed & choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler (Tony Award, Best Choreography).  Original plays developed by Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, American Playwriting Foundation, and Fresh Ground Pepper.  Finalist, Beatrice Terry Fellowship at The Drama League.  SDC Associate Member.  Her viral video MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN netted over 16 million views on her Facebook channel Up & Down Theatre, and Occupy Democrats.  Graduate, London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) B.A Hamilton College. //

Treynolds Holla HeadshotTaylor Reynolds is a New York-based theatre artist from Chicago and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company, a Harlem-based company dedicated to developing and producing new works by artists of color. She has worked as a director, assistant, and collaborator with companies including Ally Theatre Company, The Atlantic Acting School, Single Carrot Theatre, NY Madness, JAG Productions, The United Solo Festival, and The 24 Hour Plays. Selected directing credits: Think Before You Holla (creator/deviser), Kids on Bikes by Nicole Daniels, Things I Don’t Want to Talk About by Gina Femia, An Informal Presentation…(Or, BURN) by Pascale Smith, FOOD by Rhonda Marie Khan, Accidental Burlesque by Gina Femia (developed through the Audrey Residency at New Georges), People Will Talk About You Sometimes by Sarah Matusek. She is a member of Habitat Theatre’s Directors Playground and Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and a New Georges affiliated artist. BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.

Communal Spaces 2017 – The Playwrights

We’re back! And this time, we’re in a whole new neighborhood. Join us September 16-17, 23-24, 30-October 1 in New York Restoration Project Gardens in Bushwick/Ocean Hill.

Here’s the roster:

427David M. deLeon is a writer, academic, actor and director. Plays include Clickbait, “The Massacre of the Suitors” in Odyssey Project (Red Leaf Theatre), Play, or, the Bacchants, and Gwen Wins!: A Tale of the Gwenpocalypse. He has worked with The Factory NYC on numerous projects, including their Play-A-Week and New Play Reading Series. Poetry and fiction has appeared in such places as RattleFence MagazineDiagramStrange Horizons, Bat City Review2River ViewAnderbo, and the anthology Only The Sea Keeps. Awards include the Mary M. Fay Poetry Award, an Academy of American Poets prize, a Pushcart nomination, and the McGlinchee Prize for a Play. He is currently in the doctoral program in English at Yale University, and divides his time between New York and New Haven. This is his second time working with Communal Spaces.

Lisa Dring headshotLisa Dring is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist. She is currently a writer on Kaidan: Walls Grow Thin, a site-specific, immersive play co-produced by East West Players and Rogue Artists Ensemble which will premiere in October. She has written and developed work with Circle X Theatre Co., Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Apprentice Company, One Year Lease and SCF at Son of Semele. Additionally, she has performed with Humana Festival, Asolo Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Bread & Puppet, Bootleg and Theatre of NOTE. Lisa earned a BA from USC and is currently an MFA Candidate in Creative Writing at CalArts.

kremer - headshotKate Dakota Kremer’s plays include Eye Heart Remote (The Wild Project), Intimatics I-III (Brooklyn College, with iterations in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, and Queens), Porch Play (The Owl and Cat Theatre, StageFemmes, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference), and Opera of the Telephone at Delphi (Three Cat Productions, New Ground Theatre, and Firehouse Theatre, which awarded her 2nd place in their 2015 New American Play Competition). Kate is the managing editor of the experimental play publishing company 53rd State Press, and is currently working on her MFA in Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College.

Santillo headshot 2015Angela Santillo is a New York City based theater artist. Her plays have been workshopped and produced by foolsFURY Theater, FURY Factory, New York Madness, Dixon Place, Pan Asian Rep, Abingdon Theater, Communal Spaces, NY3, Chicago Fringe, among others. Recent credits include: Welcome to the Fall, Samuel French OOB Festival (top 12 finalist); Faulted, world premiere production (foolsFURY Theater). She was a finalist for the 2015-2016 Jerome Fellowship and her play 410 Days Later was published in an anthology from Smith and Kraus. MFA: Sarah Lawrence College, recipient of the Lipkin Playwriting Award.  Associate Artist with foolsFURY Theater.


DSC02890Korde Arrington Tuttle is a playwright, hailing from Charlotte, NC. His work has been developed and seen at the Obie Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival, The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals, the Obie Award-winning Harlem 9’s 48 Hours… in Harlem at The National Black Theatre, HomeBase Theatre Collective, The Movement Theater Company, The Each-Other Project, OnQ Productions, The New School’s 2015 AfroFuturism Conference, and The Tenth Magazine, in collaboration with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Korde is a proud recipient of the Steinberg Playwriting Fellowship, and was selected as a  finalist for both the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Contest and City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. In 2016, his play, clarity, won the 41st Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and will appear in Samuel French’s successive anthology. Korde is a Middle Voice Theatre Company member at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater, and received his MFA in Playwriting at The New School. Check out his poetry on instagram, via @heykorde.


Meet the Actors! – 462 Halsey

Who can remember, when what was is no longer?

Written by Phillip Howze
Directed by Lillian Meredith

Saturdays and Sundays, August 13-28 (no performance 8/27)
6pm @ 462 Halsey Garden (462 Halsey Street)

HeadShotTim Craig (B) recently worked on Black Protagonist by The Associates. Other Notable Credits include: Paisieu (Target Margin Theater), Job by Thomas Bradshaw (The Flea Theater), Fabulation by Lynn Knottage (Brave New World), A Street Scene (Brave New World), Education: B.A. The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

AaronHeadshot.jpgAaron Morton* (A) is an actor, writer, and artist who was born and raised in Plainfield, NJ. Currently living in New York City, he holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University. Some of his recent projects include a co starring role in ABCs The Family, Montano in Othello at Classic Stage Company, and Scrapland, an immersive theatre piece which was performed at The Wintercheck Factory in Brooklyn.


*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Meet the Actors! – Through a Thing

A play about the strange, geographic language we use to describe our feelings.

Written by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
Directed by Jeremy Bloom

Saturdays and Sundays, August 13-28 (no performance 8/27)
5pm @ 462 Halsey Garden (462 Halsey Street)

Beth Griffith .jpgBeth Griffith (Ensemble) This year Beth has performed with Medicine Show Theater, The FullStop Collective, Davenport Theater’s MITF festival, LES Festival of the Arts, Cosmic Orchid, Vox Vovus, Rady&Bloom at HERE, Culture Shock Festival on the HighLine, ABC No Rio, Brooklyn New Music Collective and Bushwick Shakespeare. Thank you, Lillian, for the chance to discover Bed Stuy and this beautiful community garden through your Community Spaces theater festival!

Joyce Miller (Ensemble)

_X5M4599.jpgStacy Ayn Price (Ensemble) An American theater and film Actress/Writer/Producer currently residing in NYC. Stacy’s TV/Film work ranges from MTV’s Guy Code (Andy Stuckey,SNL), Guyz (Lead, Yunus Shahul), Snow White II (Lead, Alex Sclar), 6 Roommates You’ll… (Vincent Peone, to Peaches and Tea (Cannes 2015) which she wrote, produced and starred in. The short film won “Best of Fest” at the Chain Festival and marked her second produced work. Her first was Box of Crayons, an 8-part comedic parody (most watched video on (Entertainment Weekly). NYC Theater: Upper Room (New York Times’ Critic’s Pick, Rady&Bloom), Surrender (Drama Desk nomination, Josh Fox (Oscar nominated)), Member of the “Usual Rejects” She is currently adapting her play Sinkhole into a feature film to be shot in Florida 2017.