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About The Segal Center

The Segal Center bridges the gap between the academic and performing arts communities through dynamic public programs and digital initiatives that are free and open to all.

Home to theatre artists, scholars, students, performing arts managers, and the local and international performance communities, the Segal Center provides a supportive environment for conversation, open exchange, and the development of new ideas and new work. Year round, the Center presents a wide variety of FREE public programs which feature leading national and international artists, scholars, and arts professionals in conversation about theatre and performance. Programs include staged readings to further the development of new and classic plays, festivals celebrating New York performance (PRELUDE) and international plays (PEN World Voices), screenings of performance works on film, artists in conversation, academic lecture series, televised seminars, symposia, and arts in education programs.


In addition, the Center maintains its long-standing visiting-scholars-from-abroad program, publishes a series of highly regarded academic journals, as well as single volumes of importance (including plays in translation), all written and edited by renowned scholars.

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Support PRELUDE with a donation

If you would like to support PRELUDE's current and future editions, please consider making a donation to The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. We are a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization and all gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Donate Online

Visit the link below to donate online.


Under the field titled 'Designation', choose 'Funds for The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center'

Proceed to fill in your details. Any and all amounts are welcome.


You will receive an email confirmation immediately. We will send across a tax receipt (including the amount and confirmation the designation) shortly.

Donate via check

You can also donate with checks.


Payable to: The Graduate Center Foundation, Inc.

Memo: MESTC or Segal Center

Mailing Address: Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Graduate Center CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016

You will be redirected to
The Graduate Center Foundation CUNY
donation portal (external link)


About Prelude 2021


Prelude: History

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Meet The Team

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