A cornerstone of 59E59 Theaters programming, our resident companies return consistently to produce premieres, reach new audiences, and build a loyal following for their work at 59E59 and beyond.


Producing up to three shows annually in Theater A, Primary Stages has advanced, guaranteed calendar placement as well as complementary use of our spaces for workshops and readings.

Primary Stages is dedicated to inspiring, supporting, producing, and sharing the art of playwriting. They operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the support they need to fully realize their vision


Each year, several companies are chosen to receive advanced calendar placement to produce Premieres in our highly sought after Theaters B & C.

Current Co-Op Residencies:

New Light Theater Project
New Light Theater Project (NLTP) nurtures a Collective of artist-practitioners through the presentation of compelling stories across theatrical genres. Led by Artistic Director Sarah Norris and Producing Director Michael Aguirre, NLTP believes in the strength of ensemble-work and are committed to fostering their Collective composed of writers, actors, directors, stage managers, and designers from diverse backgrounds. At least 50% of an NLTP production utilizes their Collective while the rest of the production team consists of innovative artists they hope to cultivate deeper relationships with.

No.11 Productions
Founded in 2008, No.11 Productions exists to collaboratively create, develop and tour new works and original adaptations as an ensemble. Their productions have the energy and imaginative zest of kids playing make-believe in the backyard and they invite the audience to play along. They believe in the energizing power of sharing stories full of hope and teamwork and strive to engage their audience as collaborators in the act of storytelling.

LAByrinth Theater Company
LAByrinth Theater Company, founded in 1992 as The Latino Actors Base, was created to reflect a world where color is the norm and not the exception. From Our Lady of 121st Street to Halfway Bitches go Straight to Heaven, LAByrinth has produced over 50 world premieres and developed over 250 new plays.

Happenstance Theater
Happenstance Theater, founded in 2006, is a professional company committed to devising, producing and touring original, performer-created visual, poetic Theatre. Their ensemble has been developing work together since 2012. They are multi-talented performers who craft all aspects of their pieces from concept to realization. Under the Artistic co-Direction of Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell, they harvest imagery from the past and re-contextualize it in performances that address eternal themes of life, death, and the ephemeral. With the simplest means - movement, silence, theatrical clown, music, text, physical comedy and beauty - they seek to elevate the moment when the performers and audience meet, to lift the encounter beyond the daily and pedestrian into the realms of dreams, poetry, and art. Meaning is often discovered by happenstance.

Past Co-Op Residencies:

Less Than Rent Theatre

Pictured: Ashton Muñiz and Greg Cuellar in I WANNA F*CK LIKE ROMEO AND JULIET (2022) by Andrew Rincón and directed by Jesse Jou. Presented by New Light Theater Project. Photo by Hunter Canning.