Where Art And Spirituality Meet

Located on historic Bleecker Street, the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture is a venue where art and spirituality meet. The Sheen features a 273-seat neoclassical proscenium theater and a newly renovated, 80-seat, flexible Black Box – The Frank Shiner Theater. The Sheen Center also features an art gallery, rehearsal studios and meeting | reception spaces.

Since opening in 2015, the Sheen has hosted several movie premieres as well as innovative productions by companies including Houses on the Moon, Red Bull Theater, TheaterWorksUSA, and Bedlam. Included among the hundreds of artists who have performed at The Sheen are Board Members, Vanessa Williams, and Frank Shiner as well Kristin Chenoweth, Nora Jones, James Taylor, Bernie Williams, Kirk Whalum, and Eileen Ivers.

The Sheen is a preferred venue for WFUV Radio’s Membership Marquee Concerts and hosts SOHO Forum monthly debate series, and in 2022, was chosen for the filming of the series, “Inside the Black-Box” hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Morton and producer Tracey Moore, and featuring prominent creatives of color, ranging from actors to producers to directors, writers, and musicians.

Our Mission

The Sheen Center is a haven for the arts and provides a platform for provocative conversations about diverse and inclusive aspects of humanity as seen through the creative lens of faith and respect.

Our Vision

The Sheen Center is New York’s leading Catholic center for artistic expression and intellectual engagement for all people of good will. A place where all are welcome, the Sheen Center transcends boundaries to engage hearts and minds in the search for meaning in the modern world. We exist to showcase the glory and diversity of God’s creation. Through compelling performance and conversation, we celebrate the creativity and imagination of artists and thought leaders in the pursuit of all that is good, true and beautiful.

Our Values

  • We value setting industry standards for performing arts centers of faith.
  • We value being a catalyst for connecting communities.
  • We value welcoming everyone and breaking down barriers.
  • We value showcasing diverse and inclusive events.
  • We value imagining and creating the world we want to see.
  • We value fostering an environment of creativity.

Named after the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best known for his popular radio and TV ministry in the 1950s and 60s, The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture is the arts center of the Archdiocese of New York. The Sheen Center is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization. EIN: 46-4995275

Our History

Learn more about The Sheen's transformation from immigrant parish to a performing arts center.

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Board of Directors

Our directors bring a wealth of experiences and expertise to The Sheen united by their passion for our mission. It's our pleasure to introduce them to you.

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Get to Know Our Team

Great work requires great people, and we think ours are some of the best.

We’re a creative, friendly, and diverse bunch, who truly enjoy what we do and the people we work with. Our team spirit, expertise, and most importantly, our commitment to The Sheen Center Mission helps us create programming and experiences designed to inspire our patrons.

  • Executive Director: MaryLou Pagano
  • Managing Director: Colleen McCormack
  • Director of Programming: Victoria Hanavan
  • Associate Director of Production: Joe Kimple
  • Patron Services Manager: Nyala Hall
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Get In Touch

Whether your interested in attending a show or renting space, we'll make sure to get you connected to the right person.

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