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Actor, Playwright, Executive Artistic Director
off the WALL productions

What's next?

off the WALL has strived to produce powerful, important theater since its humble beginnings in 2007, and the genuine appreciation our loyal patrons have consistently shown have made all our efforts immensely worthwhile.


Our 2023 season is going to look a little bit different from previous seasons. off the WALL was born in Washington, PA in 2007, moved north to Carnegie Stage in 2012, while venturing east to New York City with several productions along the way. We are now dipping our toes into international waters (if you will) by establishing a collaboration with Reykjavik’s Tjarnarbio Theater, where a revival of Natalia Zukerman’s The Women Who Rode Away was staged last August. Plans are in the works for additional off the WALL shows to be presented at Tjarnarbio, and we hope to collaborate with other small, professional, like-minded theaters throughout Europe in the future.


While we are very excited about this continued growth and expansion, Carnegie Stage will continue to be our “home base” in the U.S., and our first 2023 production, ETTY, will open there in April. We hope to see you there!

Virginia Wall Gruenert, Actor, Playwright
Hoard 2020/21 Virginia Wall Gruenert

I am extremely proud that, so far, we have made it through the challenges that COVID19 has thrown our way and that our  seasons are still filled with exciting, challenging plays.  We are staying true to our mission, where we aim to create a more conscious and compassionate community, while providing a living wage for all artists. We provide a home in which live theater, dance, music, and comedy can be presented, while nurturing, challenging, inspiring and empowering women theater artists from our area and beyond to collaborate as playwrights, directors, technicians, and actors, and to explore new ideas and develop new works

Byhalia, Mississippi  with Erika Cuenca

What I choose to put on the off the WALL stage has to live up to certain standards: it must be theatrical, it must be meaningful, we must learn from it, and it must challenge my actors as well as the audience.  Also, because I am determined to act upon gender disparity at every conceivable opportunity, it should also be written by a woman whenever possible.

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