The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space
Now at home in Hell’s Kitchen, MCC Theater fosters a fearless and collaborative creative process that empowers fearless artists to take risks and create new work that provokes conversations and stays with you long after the curtain falls.
Our new, state-of-the-art complex was designed for us to do what we do best: provoke conversations. Two theaters mean we can shake it up twice as much. Spacious seating and ample guest amenities will help you feel right at home while we shake things up on stage with the bold and daring productions New York theatergoers have come to expect from MCC.
“MCC THEATER has enriched the cultural life of New York City for more than 30 years and now we look forward to our permanent home at THE ROBERT W. WILSON SPACE on 52nd Street and 10th Avenue. We are grateful to Mayor de Blasio, former Mayor Bloomberg, and the City Council for committing over $28 million towards this exciting project. Their extraordinary partnership, the enthusiasm of our supporters and the vision of the ROBERT W. WILSON CHARITABLE TRUST will make this New York’s NEXT GREAT CULTURAL DESTINATION.”
– Susan Raanan, MCC Board Chair
About Robert W. Wilson
ROBERT W. WILSON was a well-known and successful investor from the mid-1960’s to the mid-1980’s. After his retirement, he devoted his life to philanthropy. Wilson was a transformative philanthropist, primarily funding worldwide organizations in the preservation and conservation areas.
An avid New Yorker, he was also involved with a number of New York’s cultural institutions. He was a major supporter of, and held leadership roles with, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Environmental Defense Fund, The Metropolitan Opera, the Whitney Museum, and the World Monuments Fund. In addition, he and the Trust continue to support the above institutions and The Nature Conservancy, The New York Public Library, Central Park Conservancy, BAM, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Andrew Berman Architect
Andrew Berman Architect is a New York City-based practice focused on the realization of unique and finely executed buildings and public spaces. Andrew Berman Architect’s work is defined by unique spaces and structures designed to resolve complex programs and sites. Each project is inextricably of its place. Each project speaks of its client, their culture, and programmatic needs. The building’s construction is intrinsic to its meaning and presence, as well as its practical resolution. Materials are invested with purpose. They come alive in the light, and gain character over time through use and weathering.
Installation of "Tale of a City"
Video Courtesy of NYC Department of Design and Construction
New York City’s Percent for Art
ARTIST FRANCESCO SEMETI was commissioned to create two new visual art installations for the Theater’s new home as part of New York City’s Percent for Art program. For the Theater’s 53rd Street façade, Simeti is creating a collage of historic images of New York City that speaks to the cultural and ecological history of the neighborhood. In the interior of the theater, the artist will install a tapestry composed of historic imagery relating to theater, sets, masks, and props from cultures all around the world.
In the News
“With all that MCC THEATER has contributed to New York’s—even the world’s—theatrical community, IMAGINE what the IMPACT we will have, with a home of our own. A SINGLE PLACE to connect all the dots of MCC’s great work.”
– Peter Hedges, Founding Member, Playwright, Academy Award-nominated Screenwriter, MCC Theater Board Member