Fiasco Theater

Founded 2007 ·


FIASCO THEATER is an ensemble that offers dynamic, joyful, actor-driven productions of plays and musicals.  Fiasco’s artists believe the performer, the text, and the audience’s imagination are the primary elements required to create great theater. Past shows include Cymbeline (TFANA/Barrow Street), Into the Woods (Roundabout, Old Globe, McCarter), Measure for Measure (New Victory, Long Wharf), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger, TFANA), The Imaginary Invalid (Old Globe) and Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Company). Cymbeline was presented Off-Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best revival. Into the Woods garnered the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. Into the Woods went on to play the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, and the 2016-17 national tour won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Visiting Production and LA Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Direction and Best Ensemble. Every year, Fiasco offers the Free Training Initiative—a three-week, conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students. Fiasco’s work has been commissioned by the Old Globe and they have been in residence with TFANA, Duke University, Marquette University and LSU. They are currently in residence with Roundabout and NYU-Gallatin. Their work has been developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Orchard Project, SPACE at Ryder Farm and the Shakespeare Society, and they have led master classes at Brown University and NYU. Fiasco Theater receives generous support from Howard Gilman Foundation, SHS Foundation, Lucille Lortel Foundation, Actors Equity Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, New York State Council on the Arts and The Shubert Foundation.


The mission of Fiasco Theater is to offer dynamic, joyful, actor-driven productions of classic and new plays, and to offer high-level theatrical training through classes and workshops. Our goal is to create a new model of fiscal sustainability whereby we remunerate our artists for their valuable work and offer our performances and training at low or no cost to our audiences and students.

Current Production

Merrily we roll along

Following its triumphant Into the Woods, Fiasco Theater, Roundabout Theatre’s Company in Residence, reimagines its next Stephen Sondheim creation. With Fiasco’s one-of-a-kind imagination, this audacious musical about a trio of showbiz friends who fall apart and come together over 20 years emerges as newly personal and passionate.

Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

January 12, 2019 – April 7, 2019


Merrily We Roll Along - Opening Doors


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We are pleased to announce the next installment of the Free Training Initiative 2019.

We believe training is necessary for an actor's growth, but the high fees of many classes prevent actors from being able to afford the training they desire. We feel that theater artists, who have already chosen a career path with little monetary reward, should not have to pay large sums of money to continue to study with their peers and hone their craft. Fiasco strives to provide a safe, creative, rejuvenating experience for actors seeking a sense of community and the chance for artistic growth in NYC.


Three weeks of workshops in Voice, Table Work, and Rehearsal Technique.

Taught by Noah Brody in a easily accessible Brooklyn Venue

  • March 12th - 14th, 2019 @ 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • March 19th, 2019 @ 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • March 21st, 2019 @ 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • March 20th, 2019 @ 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • March 26th - March 28th, 2019 @ 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • March 30th @ 3:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Limit 12 students

March 12th 2019 - March 30th 2019

Completely free of charge to students.

Open to those who have not previously taken FTI. Applicants cannot be full-time students, and must be pursuing a career in theater. Applicants must be able to commit to attending every class for all three weeks.

Please complete this application to apply and email it to


Can Merrily We Roll Along Finally Find Its Ideal Self?

Febuary 1st, 2019

Ever since Merrily We Roll Along premiered and then quickly closed on Broadway in 1981, people have been trying to find a way to resurrect Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s showbiz musical. The latest iteration comes from Fiasco, an in-house theater company at the Roundabout, which is staging a new version of Merrily this spring after its success with another Sondheim, Into the Woods, in 2015. For their version, Fiasco looked back on early drafts of Merrily and worked closely with Sondheim himself to develop a new approach to the material — and a lot of tinkering along the way. “We understand how to have a big, messy process,” Ben Steinfeld, who plays Frank, told Vulture. “We treat every show like it’s a new show anyway, so this seemed like a really great opportunity to.........READ MORE