The UFT Players was organized to provide opportunities for UFT members to explore and express our creativity through a wide variety of theater arts activities and to celebrate our unique talents, diversity, and sense of community.
In 1986, Lolly Yacker Winderbaum founded the UFT Players, a group composed of retired and in-service New York UFT members. Its first venture, the original musical “Chalk Talk,” was well received. In 1997, Lolly invited Milton Polsky to help expand the organization with officers and a Board of Directors. Today, there are up to 25 members of the UFT Players’ executive board! The current co-chairs are Leida Toro and Warren Wyss (the latter also serving as liaison to the Professional Committees).
Through the years, the Players has grown in many ways, providing an amazing array of intergenerational multicultural productions, workshops, and special events which thousands have enjoyed. We have staged close to 175 productions in the past 20 years and look forward to continuing our diverse programs—ranging from poetry readings and Playback Theater to staged readings, musical revues, and full-staged productions—thus attracting both enthusiastic audiences and participants to our exciting events. Within the past few years we have also produced several Zoom productions, and hope to create more, along with live performances at our venues.
We welcome one and all to join us in our upcoming activities, whether it be to express your talents or organizational skills, or simply to enjoy our events as a member of the audience. Please contact us via the UFT Committees website.