The community which came to be known as Saint Clement’s first gathered for worship in a room at Barrow Street’s Longacre House in 1830. In 1920 this congregation, along with that of Saint Chrysostom, moved to its current site at 423 West 46th Street where the Saint Cornelius Episcopal Congregation was located, creating the modern Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church.
In 1962, Saint Clement’s began a ministry to the theater arts under the leadership of the Reverend Sidney Lanier, its Rector at that time. Reverend Lanier modeled Theatre at Saint Clement’s on the Guild Chapels of sixteenth century England; eventually, the sanctuary proper was gutted and converted into a 160 seat, Off Broadway space, thus bringing church and theater back together again. On Sundays, an altar is placed upon the set of whatever theatrical production is currently being presented and worship is conducted. Notable world premieres at Theatre at Saint Clement’s include American Buffalo by David Mamet, Old Glory, by Robert Lowell, Whiskey by Terrence McNally, La Tourista by Sam Shepherd, Garden of Earthly Delights by Martha Clarke and Juan Darien by Julie Taymor & Elliot Goldenthal. A host of famous actors such as Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, Nathan Lane, Harvey Fierstein, Henry Winkler, Al Pacino and John Rubinstein have all performed in this space.
Over the years, Theatre at Saint Clement’s has been home to several outstanding theater companies including American Place Theatre, Music-Theatre Group, Theatre for a New Audience, The New Group and, currently, The Peccadillo Theater Company. Recent productions of note include the New York City premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's Ten Chimneys, the musical A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Outer Critics Circle nomination for best musical revival), and Elmer Rice’s Counsellor-at-Law (OBIE & Lucille Lortel Awards).
For further information regarding Theatre at Saint Clements, please call 212-246-7277 ext. 44 or visit the website at www.stclementsnyc.org.
At present, Theatre at St. Clement's is not wheelchair accessible.