“The fact that Frank Hentschker, director of the Martin E. Segal Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center, who oversees Prelude, takes risks on curators means that curators can take risks on artists. That’s risky business with a return on investment! And we like that.” – American Theatre Magazine, 10/10/14, Eliza Bent


For more than fifteen years, The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center has bridged the academic and professional performing arts communities, fostering dialogue between playwrights, directors, designers, choreographers, filmmakers, critics, and academics from New York and around the world. The Segal Center presents a variety of free public programs, including staged readings, festivals celebrating New York and international performance, and screenings of performance works on film, as well as artists in conversation, academic lecture series, televised seminars, symposia, and arts in education programs. The Segal also publishes three free, open-access academic journals, numerous individual volumes, and maintains a longstanding visiting-scholars-from-abroad program.


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