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Town Stages Opens in New York City
The new female-led event and performance space promises to offer an artistic home to New York City creators.
BY AMERICAN THEATRE EDITORS
NEW YORK CITY: Town Stages has opened in the neighborhood of Tribeca in lower Manhattan. The new 9,000-square-foot storefront facility includes a mainstage theatre, a cabaret lounge, and a multi-use event space.
This flexible performance and event space is led by a female-driven team, spearheaded by executive director Robin Sokoloff. The new venue is an extension of Sokoloff's Loft227, a creative space in midtown Manhattan that served local artists and innovators for the past five years.
“As artists, we spend nearly every waking hour of our lives in studios, on sets, in theatres, and in venues of all kinds,” said Sokoloff in a statement. “These are the places we convene and collaborate, grow, and transform. They are where we lift each other up, and where we make room for new voices and new perspectives. For many, these unique spaces are where we build our chosen families. In more ways than one, these cherished places are our homes.” READ MORE ->
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Robin Sokoloff is a lifelong dancer, theater professional, and activist: Passionate about building platforms for women and minority voices.
As Founder & Executive Director of Loft227, Robin created a home for New York City’s best and brightest artists and innovators from March 2012 to March 2017; seeing nearly 70,000 in her doors in under five years, while supporting close to 900 innovative works and small business owners. Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences, she is a graduate of NEW (Non-Traditional Employment For Women), and a former member of The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America with Local #157; proud to have built this city she loves. Robin Sokoloff is a scholarship recipient of The Jacob’s Pillow School of Dance, New York State Summer School of The Arts, Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center, The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory of New York, Skidmore Studio Art Program, Mason Gross School of The Arts, and Coupé Theatre Studio.
To address the overwhelming demand for performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff and her team are now building Town Stages. Measuring six times Loft227’s footprint, TOWN offers customizable stages and an elegant storefront event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York’s hallmark industries. Town will provide world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all: From civic to corporate, tech to theater.
Robin serves as Vice President of the Board for The Musical Theatre Factory: Developing of over 90 new musicals with more than 900 volunteers contributing over 15,000 combined hours of service. Robin is Chairman of the Board of Sokoloff Arts (501c3). She is a certified New York State rape crisis counselor for The Crime Victims Treatment Center; volunteering overnights at St. Luke’s/ Roosevelt and Lenox Hill Hospitals supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Robin is a sanctioned athlete with The United Skates Figure Skating Association.