About The Morningside Players
- a collective, arts company -
dedicated to presenting an affordable theater of vibrant new work and important classic plays to our Morningside Heights community .
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 (TMP) was founded in 1974 by Dr. Paul Kozelka of Teachers College, who was its director until 1978. The group was reactivated and incorporated as a 501 (C) 3 non profit organization by Lydia LaFleur and Aimee Scheff in the 1980's. Initially supported by many Morningside Gardens cooperators, the company has earned the interest and respect of the entire Morningside community and beyond. Its productions have included "Frost/Nixon", " A Month In The Country", "The Country House" "Fences", "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 2015 AUDELCO Winner for "Fences" and 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 and had a successful run midtown. TMP. also was a guest company at Columbia University where it performed "Wittenberg".
"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
In 2011 the company became associated with Actors Equity, Materials for the Arts and Harlem Arts, the company named Susanna Frazer as Artistic Director. . (www.susannafrazer.com).
There is an eleven member Board of Advisors, creative team and a neighborhood volunteer staff
that helps in many ways.
"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
Artistic Director | Susanna Frazer
Managing Director | Bridget Leicester
Secretary | Carol Carter
Scenic Director | Mike Mahaney
Technical Director | Patrick Mahaney
Technical Adviser I David Palmer
Grants | Richard Herstein
Music Supervisor I Jim Fredericks
New Playwrights Group I John Barrow
Assoc. Producer and space coordinator l Mark Hofmaier
Board of Advisors
John Barrow, Carol Carter, Susanna Frazer, Sherry Kane, Lydia LaFleur, Bridget Leicester, Tina Lumley, Tom Miller, Lewis Papier, Cecelia Riddett, Debra Skoff, Ernest Wiggins