We embrace the infinite theatrical potential of intimate live performance. We contemplate questions that inspire us and devise theater pieces which respond to and engage with the world in which we live. We address the ambivalence, terror and exhilaration of our age on the scale of person-to-person through theater that utilizes a simplicity of means to achieve richness of expression. Our original, story-driven, visceral theater straddles the line between mainstream and experimental, elevates design while valuing strong storytelling, and pulls you close and doesn’t let go. We strive to create great happenings in small rooms, theater as close as a whisper in your ear or a stranger’s hand brushing yours.  Intimacy is our way in.

Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt leads a 16-member ensemble of actors, playwrights and designers to nurture the next generation of theater artists through the development and production of new plays and by providing arts education to students from underserved NYC public schools. Over 8 years, Colt Coeur has produced 9 world premieres; developed 36 plays; and provided free arts education for over 100 students.


All 9 world premieres received rave reviews and have enabled us to build an audience base. Steven Levenson’s SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN was selected by Ars Nova for ANTFEST and subsequently transferred to the Emerging America Festival in Boston before running for 3 weeks at HERE. Lucas Kavner’s FISH EYE ran for 3 weeks at HERE and was included in NY Magazine’s “Best of 2011″ list. Eliza Clark’s RECALL had a 4-week run at the Wild Project and also received rave reviews. Nikole Beckwith’s satire EVERYTHING IS OURS ran for 4 weeks in 2013 at HERE and extended due to demand. Ruby Spiegel’s DRY LAND made NYPost’s Top 10 of 2014 list and was recently published in American Theater magazine (along with photographs from our production).  MJ Kaufman’s HOW TO LIVE ON EARTH enjoyed a 4-week run in the fall of 2015 and was featured on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donell. 2016 was Colt Coeur’s fullest season to date – the company produced two world premiere. With Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, CAL IN CAMO was celebrated by Ben Brantley in the New York Times as a “mystical cocktail of a play” and extended due to demand. Ana Nogueira’s play EMPATHITRAX premiered at HERE, and was celebrated for its universality, bravery and heart. Most recently, ZÜRICH by Amelia Roper, premiered at New York Theatre Workshop’s Next Door Series and was nominated for 4 New York Innovative Theatre Awards. Nearly all of these plays have also been published and will receive future productions around the US and abroad.

Play Hotel

Our primary arena for developing new work is held 4 times/year. Workshops last 4-10 days, culminating in a free public presentation. Dialogue between artists and audience are held after each presentation. Past writers include: Clare Barron, Kate Cortesi, Jeff Talbott, and Max Posner.

Parity plays festival

Colt Coeur founded its annual Parity Plays Festival in 2014. This Festival features public readings of four new plays and aims to celebrate the work of female and trans playwrights and directors. Past playwrights and directors include: Lindsey Ferrentino, Antoinette Nwandu, Danya Taymor, Tamila Woodard, Pirronne Yousefzadeh, and Cate Yu. In 2017 Colt Coeur partnered with the WP Theater to co-produce this Annual Festival.

Education Initiative

Company members serve as the Teaching Artists for this free annual play-making intensive which we offer NYC public school students ages 11-15 during the NYC public school Spring break. Student alums of the program return as paid Student Leaders and professional actors and playwrights serve as our Teaching Artists.

Founding Artistic Director:
Adrienne Campbell-Holt

Managing Director: 
Amy Ashton

Board of Directors:
Erica Rotstein, Chair
Nathan Musgrove, Treasurer
Amy Groeschel, Secretary
Adrienne Campbell-Holt, ex-officio
Ashley DeSimone, Julia Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ray Levin, Kate Cullen Roberts, & AJ Strasser

Artistic Associates:
Amy Altadonna*, Teddy Bergman*, Molly Carden, Kate Cortesi, Ato Essandoh, Betty Gilpin, Amy Groeschel*, Adam Harrington, Steven Levenson*, Lynne Lipton, MJ Kaufman, Eden Marryshow, John McDermott, Ana Nogueira, Kate Roberts*, Matt Stadelmann*, Joe Tippett*, Grant Yeager*

CoCo Residents (2017-2018):
Kate Cortesi, Jeremy O. Harris, Rehana Lew Mirza, Danya Taymor, Pirronne Yousefzadeh & Catherine Yu

Crystal Arnette

Marketing guru:
Lio Mehiel

CoCo Interns (2018):
Vicky Critchlow, Elizabeth Douglass, Emily Krause, Cara O'Brien, Anneliese Nielsen, Vanessa Pereda-Felix

* Founding member