Art Garage is a non-profit theatre company dedicated to Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming artists in New York City. 

In January of 2019, Kevin Paley and Caitlin McQuade opened up their home to eight playwrights for the first Transgender Playwrights Initiative. Each weekend from January to March, they hosted a reading of a new play or musical with two purposes in mind:

1. To provide Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming playwrights a space to hear their work aloud. 

2.  To provide cis playwrights a chance to develop work that concerns the TGNC community with authentic TGNC voices.

As community grew, Art Garage went on to produce a show on the main stage of the New York Musical Festival, staged readings at A.R.T./NY,  host workshops, form partnerships, and host talkbacks in the Off-Broadway community. 


Producing Artistic Director


KEVIN PALEY (they/them/their) Kevin is a non-binary artist working to inspire a more compassionate understanding of humanity. They studied acting and directing at the University of Southern California and British American Drama Academy. Recently, Kevin worked with the Long Wharf Theatre, Shakespeare in the Woods, Transport Group, NAATCO, The Coop, Ivoryton Playhouse, St. Luke's, Stages on the Sound, Open Arts Alliance, The New Ohio, Post Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club and Manhattan Repertory Theatre. They also star in Core Ensemble's annual tour of Equally Divine, a solo chamber musical about the Mona Lisa, celebrating gender and sexual fluidity. AEA member and SDC Observer. www.kpaley.com



Artistic Producer

Caitlin McQuade (she/her/hers) Caitlin is an actor, director, writer, and producer. Recently, she played Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Don John in Much Ado About Nothing with Shakespeare in the Woods. She also co-produced Art Garage’s inaugural new play incubation series and Finding Beautiful. She has performed in readings at Dixon Place and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. She is a graduate of Hamilton College and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre.