The Drama Company NYC
The Drama Company NYC (Andrew Benvenuti, artistic director; Sara Laursen, executive director) is a New York City-based, not-for-profit theater company, founded in 2018, with fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas. We are committed to developing new and original works by American authors and staging full productions of US premieres and classic pieces of theater. Every dollar we receive from tax-deductible donations will go towards furthering our goal of making high-quality, live theater accessible and affordable for our NYC community and theatergoers everywhere.
Our mission has three guiding principles:
1) To produce theater that is socially relevant to today's audiences.
Whether original works from emerging American authors or existing plays, we want our productions to speak directly to the times in which we currently live.
2) To amplify voices that have gone unheard.
We are actively seeking to produce works from playwrights who have previously not had a voice in American Theater. In addition to playwrights, we acknowledge that for theater to change fundamentally, artists from marginalized groups need to be given a voice in every aspect of theater: on stage, on the page, and behind the scenes.
3) To keep theater accessible.
For audiences and local communities to experience stage performances, theater needs to remain accessible and affordable. Nearly every show we produce has tickets available free of charge, and every show we produce has tickets available under $25.
Andrew is an actor, producer and director. Andrew was inspired to start this company because he was tired of seeing all of his very talented friends unemployed. His hope for this organization is that it will become a place all artists, no matter their discipline, will feel as though they have a family and an artistic home. Find your voice, speak your truth.
Sara is a director, producer, casting director and performer. She graduated from SUNY Cortland (2012) with a dual degree in musical theater and communications. She's performed in numerous regional productions and off-Broadway. Her self-produced Cabaret,"My Winter Song To You" earned her a BroadwayWorld award nomination. TV/Film: "A Crime to Remember," Budweiser commercial and "Non-Stop" to name a few.
Diane is a screenwriter and burgeoning book author. She hopes to rescue more animals and help people with migraines feel less isolated. She’s happy to be working with Andrew and Sara somewhere other than a bar.
Director of Health and Safety
Elias Preciado has his MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health; he graduated with his degree in epidemiology and health policy in May 2020. He is currently affiliated with: Columbia University, SUNY Downstate Medical Health Sciences, and University of North Carolina in various research positions.