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 creative expression and mindfulness.

Our Annual John Lennon Tribute celebrates John Lennon’s music, life and timeless message of peace, love and social activism. John Lennon is an inspiration to us because he was committed to his own growth as an individual, used his art as a vehicle for that growth and as a platform to inspire peace, consciousness and positive change.

We provide workshops in songwriting and meditation at no cost to children, teens and adults whose lives have been impacted by cancer at Gilda’s Club, NYC.  See below for more details. 

Our winter and summer solstice celebrations and John Lennon Birthday Meditation For World Peace are free to the public and provide opportunities to practice mindfulness and project a positive future.


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 workshops include The John Lennon Real Love Project, a songwriting program for children who have lost a parent to cancer and adult cancer survivors, and Imagine Peace, Practice Peace, a program in Zen meditation for cancer survivors and their family members. Both workshops are currently ongoing at Gilda’s Club, NYC.

The Annual John Lennon Tribute

Our signature production since 1981, the Annual John Lennon Tribute is the longest running John Lennon Tribute concert in the world and the only event of its kind in North America or Europe officially sanctioned by Yoko Ono. Proceeds help fund our 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.