We are New York City’s original all-inclusive theater group; offering a home for everyone regardless of color, ability, ethnicity, age, or gender. We’ve been this way since Day One and are committed to this mission as a leader in NYC. We support every artist— whether they be sight-impaired, hard of hearing, rainbow-hued, differently-enabled, or otherwise empowered. Many other theaters have been inspired by our philosophy and have joined with us in our support of diversity.
As we move into 2018 we anticipate a Nicu’s Spoon branch in Hawaii, working with empowering new voices there.
At Nicu’s Spoon Theater Company, we celebrate collaboration in developing productions that are pertinent for today’s global, diverse, and rapidly changing world. New York City is full of people of different ethnicities and abilities; always on the move and oftentimes unheard. We give voice to those who are very much a part of our world, but whose stories often go untold.
Every play we produce embraces the full spectrum rainbow of people we see in the world every day. On these streets, we see only possibilities and opportunities to Change the world, one play at a time…
Stephanie & Nicu circa 1990:
“I worked with abandoned kids in Romania in the 90’s and the most amazing one was Nicu, who was 5. Nicu was in diapers and did not walk, talk or feed himself. They told me he was deaf, autistic and retarded and should be discarded. Nicu had spent 5 years on his back in a crib. I got angry and said, ‘I’ll take him.’”
Six months later he did all those things.
He and I fought some big, bad battles together to get him there… to get him to choose life. And in the process he changed my life. Though he was mentally and physically challenged. Nicu viewed the world with wonder. He spent hours bouncing sunlight off of a spoon. When he began to eat solid food at the age of 5, his spoon was everything to him.
Nicu’s spoon became the symbol for us for all the impossible things that were suddenly possible. Things like walking, talking, thinking, and living. He was HIV positive and we lost him 5 years later in 1996.
Nicu’s life was about quality, not quantity…
…about life’s impossibles becoming possible.
We named our Theater Company after him.
TWO AND TWENTY TROUBLES
(An Externally Funded Project) This uplifting documentary about our amazing performers trying to make it in New York City highlights our theater company in engaging and emotional ways. Directed by Victor Ilyukhin. In late 2013 a crew began filming a documentary film “Two and Twenty Troubles” about our company in association with a team of award-winning collaborators with a unique vision. Shown privately in NYC (in 2014) and slated for the festival circuit in 2015.
In “Two & Twenty Troubles” Rachel, Anthony, and other cast members try to win recognition and— most importantly, reaffirm their belief in themselves. As the premiere of their play is approaching, they encounter physical and self-esteem issues on their way. Will they make it to the final performance?