The Chocolate Factory Theater is an artist-centered organization, built by and for artists. Co-founders Sheila Lewandowski and Brian Rogers began making work together in 1995 and quickly saw the need for a creative home to support their work and the work of fellow experimental performance-based artists. The Chocolate Factory therefore has grown and developed within and through a creative process that centers the development of new work, as guided by makers.

Mission & History

Staff & Board

Board of Trustees


Michael Reardon

Graphic Design

Peter Richards

House Videographer


Lily Auchincloss Foundation
CATES Tutoring NYC
Harkness Foundation
The Henry Luce Foundation, the Willem de Kooning Foundation, and Teiger Foundation through the Coalition of Small Arts New York
Jerome Foundation
New York Community Trust
New York Foundation for the Arts
NYC Council Member Julie Won
The Chocolate Factory Theater Trustees
The McGue Millhiser Trust

Mental Insight Foundation
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr.
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Rise Light and Power
Select Equity Group Foundation
Shubert Foundation
Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust
Shine Electronics
Trust for Mutual Understanding

For a copy of our most recent audited financial statement and 990, download here.

Space & Technical

Download an inventory here.
Download a floor plan here.

Download Vectorworks drawings of our lighting grid here.
Please direct all technical and space-related questions to Madeline Best.