Our Story

Our Story

For almost four decades, Symphony Space has defied easy categorization. At no other theater in New York can one encounter back-to-back performances ranging in their focus from James Joyce to jazz, from children’s theatre to the Selected Shorts series of literary readings for which the theater is perhaps most widely known. Symphony Space’s innovative and accessible offerings, as well as its extensive educational programs, reflect New York’s cosmopolitanism and attract and sustain demographically varied audiences.

Dubbed “a cultural town square” by its co-founder and longtime artistic director, Isaiah Sheffer, Symphony Space embodies the complexity and spirit of its evolving, but always diverse and intellectually lively, Upper West Side neighborhood. Indeed, since its establishment in 1978, Symphony Space has played an important role in the area’s cultural and commercial renaissance


Serving as a gathering place for the exchange of experiences and ideas, Symphony Space has established unique relationships with its neighbors, its audiences, and its performers. Learn more about us below:



Board of Directors

About Isaiah Sheffer