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Off-Off-Broadway veteran playwright Doric Wilson, cabaret star Billy Blackwell and director Peter del Valle started the first professional gay theater company in NYC. It was called The Other Side of Silence or TOSOS, for short.



Directors Mark Finley and Barry Childs and Wilson (the only surviving founder) resurrected the company, which had gone into hibernation in 1979.



TOSOS was honored by inclusion in the new permanent theater exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. In 2007, founder Doric Wilson received the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Artistic Achievement.



Founder Doric Wilson passed away.


A Board of Directors, with Michael Zegarski as its first president, was formed in response to the increasing undermining of LGBTQIA+ rights by policies implemented by governing authorities, both nationally and locally. The new working board helped to establish operational stability for the company.



Entered into an anchor partnership with The Flea Theatre that finally gave TOSOS a steady home for productions.


TOSOS was awarded the prestigious Caffe Cino Fellowship Award by the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, recognizing TOSOS’ consistently strong work in Off-Off-Broadway.


In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, TOSOS suspended activities after their award-winning production of Jewelle Gomez's, Leaving The Blues.

The very first production of TOSOS' signature show, Street Theater, at the Mineshaft Bar. NYC, 1983.
L to R: Casey Wayne, Peter Boruchowitz, Robert Patrick, Carol Nelson, Julia Dares, and Philip Blackwell.



Outstanding Leadership – Mark Finley, Artistic Director

Outstanding Leadership - Michael Zegarski, Executive Director

Lead Actress in a Play - Rosalind Brown for "Leaving The Blues"
Featured Actor in a Play - Benjamin Mapp for "Leaving the Blues"

Caffe Cino Fellowship Award - TOSOS

Outstanding Revival of a Play - "Street Theater"

FringeNYC Encore Series Award for Excellence Ensemble - "The Secretaries"

Career Achievement Award for Professional Theatre

Doric Wilson, Founder and General Director, TOSOS

Artistic Achievement - Doric Wilson Founder, The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS)

Award for Theatre Excellence - "Hollywood at Sunset"

Award for Theatre Excellence - "A Perfect Relationship"


Best Play - Leaving the Blues
Costume Design - Ben Philipp

Best Featured Actor - Neil Dawson (Waiting for Giovanni)

Best Ensemble - Street Theatre

Awards and Recognition
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