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   The New Cosmopolitans is a laboratory for ensemble theater, created by Ryan Hartley. We make theater because it's good for us all, artists and audience. We advocate for ongoing financial and cultural support that allows the theater field to thrive as an art form.

   The New Cosmopolitans values ensemble. Our work inquires into subjects like economic inequality, social constructs, and religious delusions. While we appreciate new work, we are interested in reviving relevant pieces that have fallen away from the public consciousness. 


   We make theater for those who work hard and don't have a lot, those who value nuance and curiosity, those who have complicated family histories, those who value civic discourse, those whose brains operate differently, those who lead a quiet existence. We seek to entertain as much as to ask questions. We invite engagement with theater on a personal level.

   As of 2023, The New Cosmopolitans is based in New York, NY.


Founding Artist


Ryan Hartley is a theater director, dramaturg, actor, and interior designer based in New York.

A graduate of Pepperdine University, Ryan has made a journey through musical theater and corporate-branded entertainment toward contemporary plays and new play development. He has trained with SITI Company and the Yale Summer directing intensive, and is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Ryan now trains with The Barrow Group in directing and acting.

Under the umbrella of The New Cosmopolitans, Ryan curated the New Queer Works series of developmental readings, and most recently directed an award-winning production of Gummy Worm by Nathaniel Foster at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

As an interior designer, Ryan is currently training at New York Institute of Art and Design, and will take the RIDQC this year.

Ryan is currently seeking New York-based collaborators for a series of upcoming projects. 

Conversations with Ryan Hartley - Voyage LA

Special Thanks to Dylan Thai, Brian Knoebel,

Nicole Ohara, Christopher Hudson,

Alyssa Baumgardner, Pichteeda Taing,

& Jacqueline Wills

for their efforts in shaping

The New Cosmopolitans.

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