About The Morningside Players
- a collective, professional theater company -
Dedicated to presenting vibrant, meaningful new works and classic plays to our Morningside Heights community and beyond
AUDELCO 2014 WINNER for Best Revival forThe Old Settler
AUDELCO 2015 WINNER for Best Revival for Fences
Susanna Frazer and Bridget Leicester accepting a second grant from CCS at Columbia University - May 25th, 2016
Situated in the lower level of 100 La Salle St. in the beautiful complex of Morningside Gardens, The Morningside Players was founded in 1974 by Dr. Paul Kozelka of Teachers College, who was its director until 1978. The group was reactivated by Lydia LaFleur and Aimee Scheff in the early 1980's. Initially supported by many Morningside Gardens cooperators, the company has attained 501(c)3 status and has earned the interest and respect of the entire Morningside community and beyond. Its productions have included "All My Sons," "A Raisin in the Sun," "The Devil's Disciple," "Mrs. Farnsworth," "The Heiress" and many new plays. The Morningside Players is a 2014 AUDELCO winner for "The Old Settler" by John Henry Redwood. "Althea: She Went to Hell" by John Barrow is being considered for the NY Fringe Festival.
"The Morningside Players achieved a small miracle in
its presentation of Arthur Miller's All My Sons......
The performances were very good, especially those of
the two leads.... Susanna Frazer's expert directing
made the production an organic whole."
MRHS Newsletter June 2014 ~ Beatrice Gottlieb
Reconstituted in 2011 on a more professional level and now associated with Actors Equity, Materials for the Arts and Harlem Arts, the company named Susanna Frazer as Artistic Director. She recently directed "Daughters of the Sexual Revolution" by Dana Leslie Goldstein for The WorkShop Theater Company. Other credits include the musical "Life on the Mississippi," (2013, NYIT nominated as Outstanding Production of a Musical), various productions for The Atlantic Theater Co. Conservatory and NYU's Tisch BFA program, plus many plays for TMP including the extended run of "All My Sons." On Broadway, she co-starred in "The Nerd", stood by for Cherry Jones in Tommy Tune's "Stepping Out ", plus has extensive regional theater credits. She wrote an award-winning play, "Ellen Terry," and performed it around the U.S. (www.susannafrazer.com).
"THE MORNINGSIDE PLAYERS' production of
The Madwoman of Chaillot was a celebration of
the Players' continuing evolution and growth
as a repertory company." ~ Anne Ellis, MRHS