Our Purpose

The Flea was founded in 1996 by a group of downtown artists looking to raise a joyful hell in a small space. That same spirit of adventure and excitement, which defines Off-Off-Broadway, also defines The Flea.

We don’t just encourage risk, we invest in it – in work that wouldn’t be produced elsewhere, and in early-career artists who wouldn’t gain opportunities elsewhere. As a result our stages are filled with new plays, fueled by emerging talent, and focused on urgent stories that reflect the world around us.

The Flea champions those voices least likely to be at the forefront of our culture. We also champion fun – pushing at the limits of live theater with participatory and durational work, or luxuriating unabashedly in the pleasure of storytelling. From early-morning fairytales to late-night serials, our lobbies stay buzzing and our stages hopping. True to our name, at The Flea you are bound to see something that gets under your skin.