Remake a world

The Campaign for 74A East 4th Street

In 1967, Ellen Stewart purchased 74A East 4th Street: an 1873 New York City historic landmark with no roof, no flooring, and no back wall. She founded La MaMa with the belief that space is vital to the creative process for artists and audiences alike. This commitment to accessible and inclusive arts space remains at the heart of La MaMa’s mission. 

Today, 74A East 4th Street is undergoing a complete renovation and historic restoration. This campaign exponentially expands the potential that Ellen saw in the building in 1967, allowing us to increase the impact of our artists’ work and more deeply invest in our community. 

Our East Village theatres have been home to more than 5,000 productions and 150,000 artists. To secure the sustainable future of our spaces for the next generation, we must preserve and revitalize our flagship building. The Campaign for 74A East 4th Street re-defines “possible” for the 21st Century with:


Production Amenities:

• Two flexible, acoustically separated theatres
• green rooms
•  100% ADA-compliance
•  LEED-Silver certified renovations
•  An open-air roof terrace
•  A La MaMa café
•  Broadcast studio space
•  Updated digital tools to enhance our  national and international collaborations

Make a Donation

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“La MaMa is a place that gives people a chance, then goes an extra step and nurtures them.
Were it not for La MaMa, Amy and I never would have written a single play, much less five.”
- David Sedaris, Author & Humorist

A chart that indicates the gap to raise for the capital campaign

The renovation and restoration of 74 East 4th Street is projected to cost $23.8 million.
La MaMa has already raised 90% of the funds needed to complete the project. Now we must close the gap of $2 million to finish the building so that future generations of artists will have a home.

help us reach our goal

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects

Studio JG Lecat/Jean-Guy Lecat (Theatre Consultant)

Charcoalblue (Technical Theatre and Acoustical Consultant)

Yorke Construction (Construction Manager)

Vidaris/RPO (Code Consultants)

Parente Development

LLC (Project Manager) and Bolton-St. Johns (Government Relations)
Goldstein Hall PLLC (Attorneys)

as of February 2019 

Olympia Dukakis
Campaign Chair 

Frank Carucci
UFT Vice President, Retired 

Don Capoccia
President, BFC Partners 

Ping Chong
Artist 

André De Shields
Artist 

Tim Fulham
General Partner, Stonebridge Partners 



Diane Lane
Actress 

Meredith Monk
Composer 

Amy Sedaris
Actress/Comedienne 

David Sedaris
Humorist 

Sonya Soutus
Senior Managing Director-Teneo 

Scott Wittman
Director/Lyricist

Leadership Public Support Provided By:

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
with special thanks to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilmember Carlina Rivera
Office of the Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer
New York State Legislature with special thanks to Senator Brad Hoylman
The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York

Leadership Private Support Provided By:  (as of 2/3/2021)

$1,000,000
Anonymous
Ford Foundation

$100,000 – 999,999
Booth Ferris Foundation
Donald A. Capoccia and Tommie Pegues
Frank Carucci and David DiamondDiamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation
The John Fulham Family Fund
Howard Gilman Foundation
Lise Olney and Tim Fulham
Sonya H. Soutus

Major Support Provided By:

$20,000 – 99,999
William CareyEugene “the Poogene” Chai
Dr. Gerald J. & Dorothy R. Friedman Foundation
Cheryl Henson and Edwin Finn, Jr.
Sarah and Seth Lederman
Steven B. Malkenson
The Midler Family Foundation
Jennifer Ortega and Curtis McGrawJoel and Candice Zwick

 $10,000 - 19,999
Karen Hauser and Warren LeightBayard HenryNew York Landmarks Conservancy
Lauren and Yoav Roth
Marc Shaiman
Darren Sussman
Deborah Tolman and Luis A. Ubiñas
Joy Tomchin
Scott Wittman

$5,000 – 9,999
Robert Goldberg
Ruth Epstein and Richard Pinner
Kenji Ima
Ira and Beth LeventhalWynn Salisch


Our deepest thanks to all the generous individuals who have supported our capital campaign to date.