Town Stages, Chairwoman & CEO
Reimagining Access & Equity In New York City Spaces
Robin Sokoloff is the Founder & CEO of Town Stages: A new women-led cultural arts space, event venue, and cocktail bar in Tribeca providing mentorship, sponsorship, and fellowship to pioneering artists, industry leaders, and their communities. As a lifelong dance and theatre professional committed to transforming leadership and representation on our stages and screens, Robin advances equity for women, poc, queer, and immigrant voices in New York City by building accessible spaces for public assembly, creativity, and conversation. As owner and Executive Director of Loft227, Robin pioneered a self-sustaining home for New York City’s enterprising local artists; seeing nearly 70,000 in her doors in under 5 years while supporting close to 900 innovative works and small business owners.
In Town Stages’ inaugural year, Sokoloff and her team built the landmark venue 6X its previous footprint supporting 300+ events, creating 1,000+ local jobs, and subsidizing 2,500+ hours of arts programming to the public while fostering a Creative Fellowship Program for 59 recipients through her non-profit Sokoloff Arts (501c3). As part of a growing movement to dismantle discriminatory real estate and labor practices, Sokoloff has successfully woven Town Stages into the tapestry of New York's cultural landscape as one of the largest independently founded, operated, and women-led facilities to succeed in Manhattan in over 30 years.
Robin Sokoloff is a scholarship recipient alum of Jacob’s Pillow School of Dance, NYSSSA, Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center, HDCNY, Skidmore College Studio Art Program, Coupé Theatre Studio, and New York University. Robin holds a BA in Sociology from NYU's College of Arts and Sciences, she’s a graduate of N.E.W. (Non-Traditional Employment For Women), and a former member of The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America with Local #157. Robin serves as Vice President of the Board for the Musical Theater Factory, and Chairwoman of the Board for Sokoloff Arts.
photos by Michael Kushner