Our Mission

OYL’s mission is to create bold, athletic new works of theater that draw on the power of collaboration – the group, the ensemble, the chorus – to express bold visions of our collective human experience.

Our vision as a company is to create magical experiences for audiences that transcend the ordinary, transport the spirit and embrace the magical. We are deeply passionate about the artform of theater and seek to inspire the next generation of creators through our educational programs and support of young theater artists.

Over the past six years, OYL has premiered five productions in New York City: Kevin Armento and Bryony Lavery’s Balls, Kevin Armento’s please excuse my dear aunt sally, Bryony Lavery’s Stockholm, Mark Ravenhill’s pool (no water), Gary Henderson’s Skin Tight, and Pamela Carter’s What We Know. OYL has also performed pool (no water) in Boston at A.R.T.’s Oberon stage in 2014 and please excuse my dear aunt sally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016.

Recently OYL has received a 2018 Drama Desk Nomination (Sound Design, Balls) 2016 Drama Desk Nomination (Original Score, please excuse my dear aunt sally), a 2016 Edinburgh Stage Award (Best Ensemble, please excuse my dear aunt sally), a 2017 Houston Theater Award for Best Sound; and 2017 Houston Theater Award Nominations for Best New Play & Best Set and Property Design.
One Year Lease Theater Company was founded in 2001 by Ariane Barbanell, Ianthe Demos and Jacqueline Kristel.