The Passing of Benno Haenel, Founder of the Prism Stage Company

It is with heavy heart, that the Prism Stage Company announces the passing of the Founder and co-Artistic Director of the Prism Stage Company, Mr. Benno Haenel. Benno dedicated his life to this theater company and never stopped working even to the very end to bring exciting works of theater art to the public that have been lost or overlooked. We ask for your donations at this time to carry on the mission that Benno set for us. Thank you and God Bless.

Benno Haenel

Mr. Benno Haenel

Founder and Co Artistic Director of the Prism Stage Company



Prism Stage Company NYC


Prism Stage Company (PSC) produces new and neglected plays by exciting playwrights over 40, directed and performed by accomplished theater professionals. In our first two seasons, PSC produced twelve staged readings of significant works of artistic and social merit.  Many PSC participants are members of the Actors Studio.

Our mission is to create a forum for innovative contemporary theater that explores what it means to be alive today in a world so full of contradictions and at the same time so full of promise.

PSC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit theater company incorporated in the State of New York. 








Some of our past stage readings



JUdith Estrine

Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Judith Estrine is a playwright and Producing Artistic Director of Prism Stage Company, which she founded with Benno Haenel in 2011. Her play, Pinochle and Roses, was a finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and was produced at the Vital Theatre in New York City; She & He,took first-prize at the Nantucket Short Play Competition and was produced in regional theaters around the country.  It was subsequently filmed starring Anita Gillette in 2009, and shown at short play festivals nationally.  Ms. Estrine has studied with the Ensemble Studio Theatre.




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