The St. Bart’s Players is a membership club of people who have a common interest in performing in and producing quality theatre in New York at affordable prices.

Founded in 1927, the St. Bart's Players has been a self-supporting, nonprofit community theatre company for more than three-quarters of a century. It is the longest continuously running community theatre group in New York City. Our home base is St. Bartholomew's Church at 325 Park Avenue at 51st Street in Manhattan. Most of our members hold full-time day jobs in a wide variety of careers and pursue their theatre dreams in their off-hours. The group is a melting pot of creativity, talent and management skills that is infused with a hard-work ethic — all of which serves us well in putting together quality shows for our audiences.

While The Players receives significant administrative and logistical guidance and support from St. Bartholomew's Church, we are managed by a Board, all of whom are members who volunteer their time and energy. We are a social club of St. Bartholomew's and many of our members are congregants of the church.   When all is said and done, we are guests of St. Bart's and, as such, we are grateful for and respect the employees, facilities and traditions of the Church and the gift of their support so generously shares with us.

Many of the member performance opportunities are presented in the beautiful landmark church itself.  Inspirational works such as "Godspell", "The Crucible", " Our Town" and "The Man of LaMancha" have been performed in the church, while a recent production of "Nunsense" cheered audiences in the Chapel.  The Chapel and Community House have also been the setting for many holiday shows and cabarets.   Members also share with the greater church community through different projects.  In the past, members have coordinated and assisted with the children's Christmas Pageants, and Easter Walk.   Members assembled and distributed more than 500 sandwiches to emergency workers and victims of "Super Storm" Sandy and have represented St. Bart's performing in local nursing homes and care centers.   All of our final dress rehearsal "preview" performance audiences include invited guests from senior centers and other service organizations.  And each year, the member holiday party serves as a portal for donated food stuffs given to the church’s Community Ministry.   The St. Bart's Players demonstrate that there are many ways in which its members can "perform".

Don't Dress for Dinner, Fall 2015

Don't Dress for Dinner, Fall 2015

Urinetown, Spring 2015

Urinetown, Spring 2015

Our Town, Fall 2014

Our Town, Fall 2014


Players Onstage and Offstage
What’s striking about our shows is the level of quality not only onstage but also behind the scenes. Our directors and creative teams (lighting, sets, costumes) are paid professionals. All other positions are filled by members of the Players, who have been trained to produce, stage manage, and run sound or light boards by participating on a crew (a requirement for all performing members).

Our Performance Season
Our season runs from January through December, with "main stage" productions including both musicals and plays. In addition, there are special events and fundraisers sprinkled throughout the season: cabaret revues, murder mystery productions, staged play-readings and more. Our audience encompasses the entire range of New York theatre-goers.