Public Works Department is an interdisciplinary production company founded by Sofy & Talya. We create immersive, innovative, interactive storytelling locally and globally.

We develop interactive storytelling + installation - using the tools of theater and creative technology to allow for unusual perspectives on our cities. We believe immersive performance has the capacity to tackle challenging topics in imaginative, visceral, playful and unique ways.  As such, we create site specific projects; imagining performance installations in container yards, the Arctic Circle or a barge -  as well as in theater and gallery spaces.



  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Pinterest Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon

Success! Message received.


From public workshops with street artists to the showings of new work from eight experimental theatre companies, monthly music concerts, innovative site based performance art and expanded cinema productions; Public Works Department presents Sanctuary City - five months of Art & Music & Performance on Governors Island for FREE. 


Contribute towards our library of empty books, come play in our interactive light installations, or join us on the grass with a cup of tea, noise, jazz, experimental electronic, ambient or techno.

See the Calendar for more details and join us on the island this summer!