The Ensemble Studio Theatre was founded by Curt Dempster in 1968 with a group of 20 theatre artists. It has since grown into a company of over 600 actors, directors, playwrights and designers.

The Ensemble Studio Theatre develops and produces original, provocative and authentic new plays. We engage and challenge our audiences in New York City and audiences across the country. A dynamic community of artists committed to the collaborative process, EST discovers and nurtures new voices and supports artists throughout their creative lives. We believe this extraordinary support yields extraordinary work.