LAByrinth Theater Company

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LAByrinth Theater Company
TypeTheatre group
Artistic director(s)
John Ortiz, Aaron Weiner

LAByrinth Theater Company is a non-profit, Off-Broadway theater company based in New York City. Led by Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz for many years,[1] its artistic director is Ortiz.[2] The New York Times described it in 2014 as "an ethnically diverse downtown troupe that has mounted several critically acclaimed new works".[3]


LAByrinth Theater Company was founded in 1992 and was originally begun as Latino Actors Base, by Gary Perez[4], John Ortiz, David Deblinger, and Paul Calderon. Using INTAR 2 as their original space on West 52nd Street NYC.[5][6] [7] It is here where the company began finding mainly LatinX actors who were looking for "a home where the group, for three hours each week, could engage in a variety of theatrical exercises designed to push each others’ limits and bind together into a tightly knit, uninhibited and impassioned ensemble – one in which each member is given the opportunity and support not only to act, but to write, direct, produce, sweep, paint, hang lights, etcetera."[8] This expansion of artists into the exploration of new aspects of theater remains one of the primary goals of Labyrinth, and the company is fostering a new generation of writers and directors who come from acting backgrounds.[9][10]

In 2017, Dane Laffrey, Scott Zielinski, and Michael Urie won Obie Awards presented by the American Theatre Wing.[11]

Notable members[edit]


  1. ^ Healy, Patrick. "Labyrinth Theater Is Said to Seek New Leaders".
  2. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Philip Seymour Hoffman, Actor of Depth, Dies at 46".
  3. ^ "Hollywood Was Just One of His Stages".
  4. ^ "Gary Perez". Retrieved 2022-12-22.
  5. ^ "History – Intar Theatre". Retrieved 2022-12-22.
  6. ^ Finkle, David (2000-11-21). "A Train Not in Vain". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2022-12-22.
  7. ^ Kaufman, David (2000-12-10). "THEATER; A 'Gym' for Acting, It's a Company, Too". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-12-22.
  8. ^ LAByrinth Theater Company – About Labyrinth Archived February 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Cram, Cusi (June 2008). "Into the LAByrinth: The Life of an Acting Writer". The Brooklyn Rail.
  10. ^ "Labyrinth at Theatre Row NYTimes 2002 Upscale March".
  11. ^ LAByrinth Theater Company, "Michael Urie Wins the Obie".

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