"All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts..."

As You Like It
, Act ii Sc. VII

William Shakespeare


Chairs: Marguerite Yaghjian and Linda Selman

Est: 1898


To foster the appreciation of the Theatre Arts by showcasing the work of actors, playwrights, and directors. To bring high quality traditional works and new pieces before the membership and the public which may range from play readings to full staged productions.


Brief written proposals may be submitted to the Theatre Arts Committee for consideration. Proposals and scripts may be submitted at the front desk of The National Arts Club. Additional inquiries may be emailed to
Guidelines for submitting a proposal:
When submitting a written proposal to the Theatre Arts Committee please indicate the type of performance you wish to present - play reading, staged reading, full production, musical, theatrical panel, interview, discussion, lecture, etc.  State also how your production would be of interest to, and further the mission of The National Arts Club and the Theatre Arts Committee.

1. Name of play and playwright - reviews, credits, awards, other works, etc.
2. Copy of script/ detailed play synopsis /description
3. Number of actors (names if cast), director, technical support
4. Equipment required
5. Projected expenses  
6. Your contact information

Upcoming Productions and Events

The President, The Board of Governors, and The Theatre Arts Committee of The National Arts Club present

The Medal of Honor for Achievement in Theatre Arts
Honoring Jack O'Brien

Monday, March 30, 2015

World-renowned Broadway director Jack O’Brien has won Tony Awards for The Coast of Utopia, Henry IV, and Hairspray. He has been nominated for seven more Tony Awards, and has received five Drama Desk Awards.  In addition to his current Broadway hit, It’s Only a Play, he has directed and produced musicals and plays including The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hapgood, Two Shakespearean Actors, and Porgy and Bess. He has been lauded for contemporary dramas such as The Piano Lesson, The Invention of Love, and Hamlet. He has directed numerous opera productions, including Il Trittico at the Metropolitan Opera House. He was the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego from 1981 to 2007. For television he directed six movies for PBS’s “American Playhouse.” Mr. O’Brien’s upcoming projects include a national tour of The Sound of Music and the World Premiere of the Heggie/McNally opera Great Scott for The Dallas Opera starring Joyce DiDonato.

Taking part in this memorable evening will be award-winning Broadway personalities, including actress Marsha Mason, playwright Terrance McNally, Scenic Designer/Architect David Rockwell plus a few “surprise” guests.

Photos from our most recent productions

Civil War Voices Monday, February 23, 2015

Behind the Scenes of The Knick with Dr. Stanley Burns Monday, November 17, 2014

What Would Nora Say? Monday, June 16, 2014 (photo by Bruce Allan)

The Winter's Tale Monday, May 20, 2014 (photo by Bruce Allan)

Sister Girl  Monday, March 24, 2014 (photo by Bruce Allan)

Shakespeare in the Dark by Mary Jane Schaefer. Monday, September 16, 2013

Dorothy Parker. Monday, October 21, 2013

Sachi Parker in Lucky Me
. Monday, November 18, 2013

Leaving Evelyn: a new play by Kathy Kafer. Monday, December 16, 2013

Jack Be Nimble: The Accidental Education of an Unintentional Director by Jack O'Brien. Monday, January 13, 2014

Note: The National Arts Club is a 501c3 organization and does not compensate performers.