Mission Statement

Theatre Within is a 501(c)3 grassroots non-profit committed to having a positive social impact through the performing arts and ongoing workshops in consciousness and creative expression.

We provide workshops in meditation, songwriting and more at no cost to non-profits that serve communities in-need, such as Gilda’s Club, NYC. 

We create opportunities for the artist in each of us to be nourished and for performing artists to give back to the world through their art. We believe that empowering each individual’s artistic expression is a social good and that taking action for the benefit of others is good for the individual. 

John Lennon is an inspiration to us because he exemplified this link. He was courageous and honest in pursuing his own growth as an individual; he used his art as a vehicle for that growth and as a platform to inspire positive social change and for the pursuit of peace.


Since 1962, Theatre Within has offered transformational workshops in deep creative process and personal growth, including classes in authentic improvisation, songwriting, movement and meditation. Workshops are offered privately at no cost to non-profits serving communities in need. Workshops are also occasionally offered to the general public, with all participants receiving full scholarships. Our current workshops are The John Lennon Real Love Project, a songwriting program for children and adults whose lives have been impacted by cancer, and Imagine Peace, Practice Peace, a program in Zen meditation for cancer survivors and their family members. Both workshops are ongoing at Gilda’s Club, NYC.

Visit TheatreWithin.org for more details and the latest workshop offerings.

The Annual John Lennon Tribute

Our signature production since 1981, the Annual John Lennon Tribute is the only ongoing John Lennon tribute concert in North America officially sanctioned by Yoko Ono. Proceeds from the Tribute help fund Theatre Within’s life-affirming workshops and events, and in previous years have helped feed the hungry, build music schools in the Third World and support Hurricane Sandy relief. Notable performers have included Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Donovan, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Taj Mahal, David Bromberg, Martin Sexton, Joan Osborne, Cyndi Lauper, Aimee Mann and Paula Cole.

Other Productions

Theatre Within has produced countless solo theater and dance works, new and classic plays, experimental workshop productions and concerts, from Why Is A Crooked Letter (1966) with Al Pacino, to Positively Bob Dylan: A 75th Birthday Tribute (2016) featuring Willie Nile, Toshi Reagon, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky.

Furthering Our Positive Impact

Theatre Within periodically partners with other non-profits to help further their worthy missions. Previous beneficiaries of Theatre Within productions include Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, Clearwater, The Playing for Change Foundation, The Food Bank of NYC, Share Our Strength, The Yorkville Common Pantry, The Henry Miller Library, and Friends of the Shawangunks. In 2008, by bringing WhyHunger together with Yoko Ono, we played a vital role in helping launch the “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign, which continues to raise funds to help feed the hungry around the world.