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 productions help fund our ongoing free workshops at Gilda's Club, NYC, for children, teens and adults whose lives have been impacted by cancer. 

Our Annual John Lennon Tribute, now in its 38th year, 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.


Since 1962, Theatre Within has offered transformational workshops in authentic improvisation, movement, songwriting, art, meditation and more. 

Our current workshops at Gilda's Club, NYC, include The John Lennon Real Love Project (songwriting), Imagine Peace, Practice Peace (meditation) and MAD Art (illustration), all of which we provide at no cost to children who have lost a parent to cancer, adult cancer survivors and those undergoing treatment.

In addition, we currently offer free quarterly meditation workshops, which are open to the public, at the summer and winter solstices, and the spring and fall equinoxes. 

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 officially sanctioned by Yoko Ono. Proceeds help fund our life-affirming workshops, and in previous years have helped feed the hungry, build music schools in developing nations and support Hurricane Sandy relief. Notable performers have included Patti Smith, Donovan, Debbie Harry, Donovan, Jackson Browne, 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 our George Harrison 75 Birthday Tribute (2018) featuring Willie Nile, Lucy Kaplansky and Mary Fahl. 

Furthering Our Positive Impact

Theatre Within occasionally 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.