Using technology to enable the indie theater community to tell the world about itself

NYTE is a nonprofit corporation, serving our community since 1999. NYTE gave the indie theater movement its name, and uses new and traditional media to promote the work of America's foundational theater artists to a worldwide audience.

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NYTE Timeline

  • Martin Denton takes an Internet class and builds his first website, dedicated to his number one passion, the theatre.

  • Martin's Guide to New York Theatre is officially launched on the Internet and in July is renamed nytheatre.com. Martin and Rochelle discovered quickly that the most important sector they could serve was the indie theater community.

  • The New York Theatre Experience, Inc., a nonprofit corporation is founded with nytheatre.com as its principal program.

  • NYTE Small Press is born when we publish Plays and Playwrights for the New Millennium, an anthology of eight plays from NYC indie theaters by emerging playwrights. Eleven annual editions follow, plus several other anthologies.

  • nytheatre.com becomes the first media outlet to review every show in the New York International Fringe Festival, publishing 183 reviews by 62 reviewers in less than two weeks. Repeated until 2014.

  • NYTE convenes The First Ever Indie Theater Convocation bringing together more than 150 practitioners from throughout the indie theater community in New York for public discussion of issues and challenges facing this group. After the Second Convocation in 2008, the League of Independent Theaters was founded.

  • NYTE launches nytheatrecast, the first regularly produced original content podcast series devoted to indie theater. Nearly 500 episodes are produced through 2013.

  • NYTE begins a partnership with 50/50 in 2020 to promote recognition of women in NYC theater. This follows other successful partnerships with a variety of organizations promoting cultural diversity in theater.

  • NYTE Small Press puts out first e-book, Plays and Playwrights for the New Millennium.

  • Indie Theater Now, the digital theater library of the 21st century, is launched.

  • Our earliest program, nytheatre.com, arrives at the end of its useful life and is retired.

  • The 1000th play is published on Indie Theater Now (celebrated via our "1000 plays in 1000 days" project).

  • We begin design and development for our organization's reboot, in time for NYTE's 17th year of service to the indie theater community. Stay tuned...

... an engine of enthusiasm for the art.

Kirk Wood Bromley, playwright

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NYTE is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. NYTE is also made possible by the contributions of the many supporters of our Indie Theater mission.