BY JON CRONIN
The Chocolate Factory Theatre
5-49 49th Avenue., Long Island City
The theater was founded in 2005 to support local, national and international artists working in dance, theater, performance, and multimedia. They perform in a 5,000 square foot industrial facility in Long Island City and are planning a renovation of a permanent facility in the neighborhood.
Artists are invited to take up residencies at the theatre and encouraged to develop their work at the theatre, while using all the facilities have to offer. While not working with resident artists, the theater has dedicated space for visiting artists across all genres.
21-28 45th Road, Long Island City
Founded in 2012, this ambitious independent theater, where Variation Theater Group is the resident company, has in the first three short seasons, produced three plays, three original full length productions, and four theatre festivals.
The Harvest Theatre Festival and the Avante Garde Arts Festival alone have served over sixty playwrights, and given hundreds of actors the opportunity to practice their craft. Through their Minor Variations Project, the company develops new plays over a six month period.
The Secret Theater
4402 23rd St., Long Island City
They host theatre, musicals, dance, music, opera, film, video, classes, rehearsals, art openings, parties, film festivals and produce both in house, co-produce and accept rental submissions.
The Secret Theatre is custom built with rehearsal rooms facility in the heart of LIC’s artist’s quarter. Their resident company is the Queens Players with visiting New York theatre companies and seats 99 people. Their space’s flexibility allows for many styles of theatre.
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
718-463-7700 ext. 222
Built in 1892, the town hall has gone through numerous changes. The town hall went from a courthouse with a jail then after being landmarked in 1972, has become a cultural arts center.
It is run by the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts and foster artistic excellence and innovation. We bring audiences together via high-quality arts exposure and experiences through programs in Jazz, classical and world music, theater, dance and spoken word, family and education programs, senior programs, exhibitions and free community events.
The facility has 308 person concert hall/ theatre, a gallery, a classroom, offices a garden that accommodates up to 250 people for outdoor events and a gift shop.
Jamaica Performing Arts Center
Built in the one time First Reformed Dutch Church of Jamaica, the Arts Center is run by the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. It offers showcases for local, regional, and national artist and performers. The theater now is a state of the art 400 seat performance center.
This summer they offered an artist co-op, art center workshops with over 30 classes for children through seniors, jazz, ballet and modern dance classes on Saturday.
Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Queensborough Community College 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside
In its 50 year history, QPAC aimed to cater to Queens’ economic and culturally diverse residents. The 875 seat theater has produced 1,200 performances. They strive to put on high quality shows at low prices. At the core of their productions is the annual Professional Performing Arts Series. The theater states in their description that it “was created to bring a high level of accessible world-class entertainment to the community at large.”
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
14 United Nations Avenue South
The Queens Theatre began with the historic 1964 World’s Fair, when it was called the Theaterama, set next to the Astro-View towers and the Tent of Tomorrow. Today it is an accessible and affordable theater in the heart of Queens. They present local, national, emerging and established artists on their stage.
Thalia Spanish Theatre
41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside
The Thalia Spanish Theatre is a bilingual theater serving one of the most diverse communities in the nation, dedicated to bringing a canon of literature by the finest Spanish and Latin American authors to life. With nearly 40 years and 200 productions under its belt, the Thalia has grown from a community-based to a world class cultural institution, collaborating with guests from across the globe.