Welcome to the Open House at WOW Cafe Theater, a volunteer, collectively run performance space for women and/or trans and/or non-binary artists. Come browse our archival collections, view performances by WOW artists, and learn about WOW’s rich history, upcoming events, and connection to the Lower East Side performing arts scene since 1980!
Elevator Available | Gender Neutral Restroom Available
WOW Café Theatre is a women’s theater collective in NYC’s East Village, which promotes the empowerment of women through the performing arts.
Historically, WOW has been a majority lesbian woman’s space. WOW welcomes the full participation of all women and transpeople in solidarity with women. WOW especially welcomes women and transpeople of color, and women and trans people who identify as lesbians, bisexual and queer. We provide a working theater space to our members & the technical support to create and produce works, regardless of economic status.
We acknowledge the links between different kinds of oppressions and strive to be open to all sexualities and spiritualities, to be multilingual and intergenerational, and to challenge all oppressions including racism, classism, ableism, sexism, ageism, and sizeism. Our weekly Tuesday meeting and collective governance structure provide a space for artists to share their ideas, facilitate the exchange of labor and knowledge, and realize their creative visions.