Where Eagles Dare studios (picture by Ben Strothmann)

...is the bold name of 3 new spaces designed specifically for theatre professionals -- ideal for rehearsals, classes, auditions, and readings. The studios offer the 4 Cs: low Cost, Convenience, Cleanliness, and Comfort. All spaces incandescent lighting, with an option of plentiful natural light. There are comfortable chairs, of a unique steel-weave construction. There is no dance floor.

Studio A has a working area of 22 X 28 feet, with rehearsal props, storage, and a waiting room. (The space is ideal for photographers, with over 300 square feet of windows facing North and East.) This is the flagship space of Where Eagles Dare, but the rates are extremely reasonable compared to similar-sized spaces elsewhere.

Studio B is even bigger than Studio A, being 22 X 32 feet, with rehearsal props but no storage or waiting room. Its windows face East and South. Partly because it doesn't have a waiting room, it is even less expensive than Studio A. Studio B has a piano, available for $3 / hr. There is also a $100 charge for tuning. This piano can be moved to the theatre for long-term engagements, availability permitting.

Studio C faces South. It contains some rehearsal cubes, chairs, and a table. It is a cozy 13 X 25 feet, ideal for coaching or scene work. And the price can't be beat, starting at $12 per hour!

(The Theatre is also available as a rehearsal space, when not in use as a theatre. Rates, which do not include use of stage lights or the sound system, are the same as Studio A.)

I created these spaces after many years of renting inadequate and overpriced spaces in Manhattan. Regular rates range from $10 to $25 per hour, depending on the nature of the use, the time of day, and whether it is a non-profit or commercial rental (see tables). There is also a Yamaha P80 electronic keyboard, available at a modest rate.

The complex is in the heart of Off-Off-Broadway's new Midtown theatre district, just a short walk from Penn Station or Times Square. Location is 347 W. 36th St. suites 1201 and 1204. At latest count, there were 11 theatres on the same block. A place for young actors to spread their wings!

Hourly Rates

There are 3 main categories of rate: non-profit, commercial, and festival special. Each category is subdivided into 2 subcategories: off-peak and peak.

Non-profit applies to your typical Off-Off-Broadway rehearsals and to classes.

Commercial means rehearsal for anything other than an Equity showcase (or non-union show of equivalent budget).

Festival special is a new category, for producers of theatre festivals. You need to book at least 100 hours to get this rate. (You can pay for 100 hours and use, say, 80 hours, which is still a bargain.) This is an off-peak only rate.

Off-peak refers to hours not in high demand: 9-5 weekdays and 9-noon on weekends.

Peak hours are 5 - 11 p.m. weekdays and noon - 11 p.m. weekends.

Studio A

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Off-peak hours

Peak hours

Non-profit

$18

$23 ($21 on weekends)

Commercial

$25

$30

Festival special

$12

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Studio B

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Off-peak hours

Peak hours

Non-profit

$15

$20

Commercial

$20

$25

Festival special

$11

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Studio C

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Off-peak hours

Peak hours

Non-profit

$12

$15

Commercial

$18

$22

Festival special

$10

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To hold an audition, you must rent 2 rooms, one of them for use as a holding room. You must also have sufficient monitors (at least 2) to handle the load.

Yamaha P80 keyboard or piano: $3 per hour (reduced!). Piano tuning: $100.

Camera + tripod: $5 per hour.

If you give us 48 hours’ notice that you must cancel, we will give you a credit for any deposits and try to re-rent your slot. Otherwise, we will be unable to offer any credit. There are no cash refunds.

For an appointment, call me at (646) 207-2926 or E-mail me at studios @ oobr.com.