A New Stage for Immigrant Stories

The People’s Theatre: Centro Cultural Inmigrante - at 407 West 206th Street - will amplify the voices of New York City’s diverse immigrant communities and cultivate work by local artists and arts organizations.

When it opens in 2026, audiences will experience theatrical performances that center and explore the breadth of immigrant experiences represented in New York City, enjoy live music, and dance performances, film screenings, and other civic and community events. For children and families, the center will offer classes, festivals, and student matinees field trips.

People's Theatre Project will also will partner with the New York Public Library (NYPL) to provide research and literary programming that will allow community members to explore the immigrant experience through scholarship and the performing arts.

People’s Theatre Project has already surpassed the $30 million milestone towards its total capital budget of $37 million. Join us on our journey home!


As immigrants and people of color, sharing our stories, hearing our languages, and seeing our community on stage matters: it allows us to claim our place of belonging.

The first dedicated theatre in Washington Heights & Inwood, and the largest Latine-operated theater in New York State, The People’s Theatre will serve 28,000+ audience members and 300+ artists annually.

Construction is estimated to generate over $43 million in output in NYC specifically and 270 jobs. In its first five years, it is estimated to support nearly $23M in NYC economic output and 25 jobs each year, the vast majority of which are local.

Historic Cultural Investment

1st Flexible Theatre in Inwood & Washington Heights

new model for american theatre

New Work Development + Immigrant Stories Amplified

Immigrant youth leadership

Creativity + Communication + Advocacy

Equity & Justice for All

Community Conversations + Cultural Organizing


Giving Levels

People's Theatre Project is seeking capital support at every level. To discuss your support of this historic initiative, and to learn about naming opportunities, please contact [email protected].


A gift at this level will build generations of immigrant leaders by supporting PTP’s Educational work. Naming opportunities include the orange and blue rehearsal studios.


A gift at this level will be instrumental to shaping a new American model for diverse, anti-oppressive theatre. Naming opportunities include the studio theatre and upper lobby.


A gift at this level will be catalytic to PTP’s work in advocating for a more just and equitable city. Naming opportunities at this level include leadership position endowments.

Theater is about community, offering a space where art, culture, and identity converge. Our uptown neighborhood is more than ready to have a permanent home for its theater practitioners, to nurture and showcase countless generations of storytellers and stories to come.

Luis A. Miranda Jr. and Lin-Manuel Miranda

About "El Centro"

The center’s 19,000-square-foot space will be in a new, mixed-income, mixed-use building, developed by a joint venture of LMXD, MSquared, and Taconic Partners. Designed by the woman- and immigrant-owned architecture firm WORKac and theater and acoustics consultant Charcoalblue, the center will have a flexible midsize theater, a smaller performance space, rehearsal studios, a soundproof practice room, and gallery space.

As the first flexible theatre space north of Harlem, it will provide rehearsal and performance space, meeting a need that has been felt in the community for decades.

Project Timeline

  • The People's Theatre broke ground in 2022
  • The complete core and shell will be delivered by summer 2025
  • The interior fitout will be complete by summer 2026

Upper Lobby

The Upper Lobby is a vibrant and inclusive space designed for accessibility. With an ADA-accessible rampatorium, it serves as an impromptu performance area where music, spoken word, drag story hour, and other artistic expressions come to life. This versatile space also features a cozy cafe, providing a welcoming atmosphere for guests to enjoy refreshments before or after an event.

Lower Lobby

The Lower Lobby is a dynamic event space where culture and creativity converge. It's the perfect setting for cocktail hours, pre-event talks, and art exhibitions. With its elegant ambiance, this area invites guests to engage with thought-provoking discussions and experience captivating art exhibitions, all while fostering a sense of community and appreciation for the performing arts.

Mainstage Theatre

Our Mainstage Theatre is a versatile and flexible space that caters to larger audiences, with retractable seating and permanent balcony accommodating anywhere from 99 to 208 patrons. This theatre adapts effortlessly to a variety of performances, ensuring that artists can stage captivating shows while offering an immersive experience to our diverse community of supporters. Whether it's a play, concert, or cultural event, the Mainstage Theatre delivers an unforgettable experience.

Studio Theatre

Our Studio Theatre is a flexible and intimate venue that seats up to 45 people. Equipped with retractable seating, it seamlessly transforms from a rehearsal studio into an intimate performance space in a matter of minutes. This adaptable setting is ideal for emerging artists to refine their craft and showcase their talents to a discerning audience.

Rehearsal Studios

The People's Theatre boasts five rehearsal studios tailored to meet the diverse needs of performers and PTP's Young Artists. Each studio features dance floors, full-length mirrors, curtains, and storage. Additionally, installed audio/visual access allows artists to enhance their practice and creative processes, ensuring that they are well-prepared to shine on stage.

Capital Project Team

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charcoalblue logo


theatre & acoustics consultant


Envoie Projects

project management


Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone


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signage design

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Shawmut Design & Construction




pro bono counsel


Kramer Levin

pro bono counsel

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Taconic, L+M, MSquared

development partners

Indie Space

Indie Space

advisory services

As the largest Latine theater in New York City and the city’s first Dominican-managed cultural institution, the People’s Theatre Project’s new home will be more than a performing arts center – it will be a tribute to the diverse artists, cultures, and communities that define our great state.

Governor Kathy Hochul


  • Governor Kathy Hochul
  • New York City Council
  • NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
  • NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine
  • The Miranda Family Fund
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Howard Gilman Foundation

News Coverage

Lin-Manuel Miranda is backing a massive new performing arts center in NYC

Groundbreaking on the People's Theater in Inwood

Lin-Manuel Miranda helps People's Theatre Project break ground in Inwood

Ground broken on new Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center in Manhattan

Comunidad inmigrante tendrá casa propia para las artes en el Ato Manhattan

Inicia construcción del People's Theatre en Manhattan

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Miranda Family Fund Pledges $1 Million Towards New Washington Heights Theatre

Governor Kathy Hochul, Lin-Manuel Miranda Celebrate Groundbreaking for The People's Theatre

Lin-Manuel Miranda Pledges $1 Million to NYC’s First Immigrant Cultural Center

NewYork-Presbyterian, the Miranda Family Fund, and Governor Kathy Hochul Celebrate the Ceremonial Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking held for new performing arts theater celebrating immigrant communities

Inician la construcción de un nuevo centro de artes escénicas en Inwood

New performing arts center to provide stage for artists in NYC’s immigrant communities

Governor Hochul Celebrates Groundbreaking for the People’s Theatre: Centro Cultural Inmigrante in Inwood

New performing arts space in Inwood by WORKac backed by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Obras para Centro Cultural Inmigrante en Inwood

Immigrant cultural center planned for People’s Theatre Project

“Our city needs this” “Nuestra ciudad lo necesita”

Op-ed | A theater uptown, at long last

NYC to Have Immigrant Research & Performing Arts Center

VIDEO: People's Theatre Project to Open Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center

VIDEO: Construirán en Inwood Centro Cultural enfocado en teatro de y para inmigrantes

NYC Announces $15 Million Project to Create New Immigrant Research & Performing Arts Center

El Proyecto Teatro del Pueblo, un refugio para la comunidad inmigrante

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