A note from EST Board Chair Bob Jaffe

In 2011, I had the great honor of playing blues harmonica with Shawn Randall’s band at the EST Gala as part of the festivities.  Shortly before that, Ilene Kristen serenaded Denny Denniston, one of our two honorees that night.

I think that it was that night when it occurred to me that there is performing expertise that many EST Members have that is not generally seen on the EST stages.


Do you find yourself dodging pigeons in the streets? Do you avoid beaches because fluttering seagull wings plague your nightmares?


It’s okay.  We understand. 


Ornithophobio dates back to the time of the Greeks, when little Nikolos's were eating their little chobanis in the village square, and birds of prey would peck at their little hands. 


It’s a well-documented, media-acknowledged totally understandable fear.  Birds have talons.  Talons are scary as hell. 


From The New York Times:

To Play a Rooster, Do the Research

Bobby Moreno in ‘Year of the Rooster’



JAN. 1, 2014

Congrat's to EST/Youngblood's very own Eric Dufault, who just won the 2013 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize for his play Year of the Rooster. 

Check out the Broadway World article below in its entirety, and come see award winning, YEAR OF THE ROOSTER at EST January 9 - Feb 1, 2014.  $20 tickets available through 12/31/13 

The phones at EST offices will be off until further notice.

If you need any assistance, you can email our staff.


For tickets, email BoxOffice@ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Congratulations to Joe Gilford on his publication and online launch of the Radio Drama of FINKS.  FINKS had its New York premiere to rave reviews here at EST.  Please see details below for the event!



Come celebrate the


and the online launch of the



Youngblood/EST Unfiltered 2013


by Zhu Yi directed by Ana Margineanu


Thursday Dec 5 at 7pm

Friday Dec 6 at 7pm

Saturday Dec 7 at 8pm


Our artists, audiences and patrons continue to be extremely generous with their time, donations and support of The Ensemble Studio Theatre.

This holiday season, we'd like to give back by gathering canned goods to donate to the the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry right in Hell's Kitchen on 51st Street! 

Please bring a canned good to an upcoming performance and, if concessions are open, you can exchange it for one complimentary drink at the bar!  

Masters of Gamecocking is EST's newest webseries, featuring some of the feircest roosters and Game Cockers mentioned in Eric Dufault's YEAR OF THE ROOSTER.  Watch some of your favorite Ensemble Artists spill the secrets behind the underground world of cocking. 


Steven Boyer IS Scooter St. Cloud


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