The Flea Theater Complex


The Flea Theater is an off-off Broadway incubator that supports emerging talent and the broader New York performing arts community. An ambitious adaptive reuse, the three-theater complex celebrates the friction between old and new. The new building intertwines three theaters – the Sam, the Pete, and the Siggy – with offices, costume shop, dressing rooms and a green room, providing infrastructure to support active performing arts throughout the building. Each theater is defined by a simple and neutral palette for scenic flexibility, and fitted with pipe grids, equipment, and lighting. The building is certified LEED Silver. Founded in 1996 by three of New York`s most acclaimed downtown theater artists—director Jim Simpson, designer Kyle Chepulis and playwright Mac Wellman—the award-winning Flea Theater was originally formed out of the purely artistic impulse to create “a joyful hell in a small space”. Brash, energetic and dedicated, we quickly became a downtown beacon for creative artists of every discipline, and for audiences seeking bold and inventive work.