A Quintessential New York Institution
Founded in 1917 by the Drama League, the Drama Book Shop became an independent book store in 1923 and since that time has been deemed a quintessential New York City cultural institution. Over the past 100 years, the Drama Book Shop has secured its reputation as the city’s best source for theatrical works, with over 8,000 plays regularly in stock. In 2011, the Drama Book Shop received a Tony Award® Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. Given since 1990, this award is bestowed upon individuals, organization, and institutions that have demonstrated profound achievement in the theatre but are ineligible in any of the established Tony categories.
A Statement from The Drama Book Shop
The owners and staff of The Drama Book Shop are actively working toward equity and accessibility for Black and Indigenous people and all People of Color, as well as the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities. We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community against race-based violence and hate crimes.
We will go beyond simply rejecting racism, hate and violence and will work to build an equitable community and create a space that fosters a sense of belonging, safety, support, learning, and joy through theatre.
We will be purposeful and intentional in uplifting minority and historically marginalized groups through The Drama Book Shop’s offerings and programming. We want everyone to feel welcome and proud to be part of The Drama Book Shop community; a place that for over a century served as a gathering place for those who wanted not only to find themselves in the words of others but to share themselves through writing. We commit to advancing these principles today and every day, and we encourage our patrons and the theatre community at large to do the same.