Near West Theatre (NWT) mission is to bring together people of all ages, races, socio-economic groups, ethnicities and ability level to create a community around the production of musical classics which are adapted to accommodate timely, relevant issues of the participants. The collaborative process of theatre production is the focus at NWT. During auditions, actors are chosen based on their ability to collaborate and participate and their energy, rather than experience and talent. Experienced theater pros work side by side with those who have never been onstage before.
In early 2015, after decades of performing in an un-air-conditioned, non-accessible church space in Ohio City, Near West Theatre threw open the doors of its multi-million dollar state-of-the-art space in the bustling arts district of Gordon Square.