A.R.T./New York provides a variety of financial resources to help theatres realize their creative potential.

Members served by our funding program in the 2015 fiscal year.


Dollars in grants distributed in the 2015 fiscal year.


Fully subsidized rehearsal space hours granted in the 2015 fiscal year.


Dollars in loans distributed in the 2015 fiscal year.

Creative Space GrantS

The A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is designed to provide theatre companies with real estate opportunities to help them meet their creative needs. The grant provides A.R.T./New York member theatre companies with 25-75 fully subsidized hours of rental space at A.R.T./New York’s Spaces @ 520 in Manhattan, and the LuEsther T. Mertz South Oxford Space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Applicants may request space to meet any need that enables them to better create their work, including but not limited to rehearsals, auditions (no open calls), meeting space, or any combination of the above. Bookings may be made in bulk for multiple hours per day over the course of a few weeks (in the case of rehearsals), or spread out over the entire grant period. Revenue-generating activities (such as fundraisers or workshops that charge participants to attend) and publicly advertised performances will NOT be supported through this grant. Applicants cannot apply subsidized hours to any bookings that they made prior to receiving their grant notification.

Rental space is available to grantees based on availability. While recipients may request specific studios at either or both of A.R.T./New York’s facilities, A.R.T./New York cannot guarantee that it will be able to accommodate requests exactly as submitted.

Grantees can find information on crediting policies and language here.

Creative Space Grant recipient Ma-Yi Theatre Company's production of Vampire Cowboys' The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G // Photo by Peter James Zielinski


The application for the FY18 Creative Space Grant Cycle 1 will open on Monday, May 1, 2017 and close Tuesday, May 30, 2017. 

FY18 Cycle 1 is a grant for space for July - December of 2017.

Creative Space Grants are made twice annually, with applications due in November (for January - June) and May (for July - December) of each year.



Applicants who wish to receive comments on a draft of their narrative before submitting their application may send a draft to the A.R.T./New York Programs team. Drafts must be sent by May 19, 2017 to ensure feedback in a timely manner. Please review the guidelines for this process in our Grant Guidelines.



These work sessions will be hosted by A.R.T./New York staff, and will provide an opportunity for applicants to bring questions and rough drafts for peer review before the application deadline. We will work in small groups to read and provide feedback on each other’s Creative Space Grant narratives and applications in an informal and supportive setting. 

Creative Space Grant Application Work Session 1 // FY18 Cycle 1 »

Creative Space Grant Application Work Session 2 // FY18 Cycle 1 »




Please review all information before applying. Including the space guidelines below.



(Click here to download these guidelines)

Grantees will coordinate space bookings with A.R.T./New York’s facilities staff. The following booking options and guidelines will be applicable to grantees upon receipt of their grant.

Creative Space Grant Hours may not be used for:
Creative Space Grant Hours are intended for:
  • Revenue generating events, such as performances, galas, or fundraising events
  • Publicly advertised events intended for audiences, such as performances, or large readings
  • Parties


  • Rehearsals
  • Auditions (no open calls)
  • Meetings

Creative Space Grant Hours are subject to the following restrictions:

  • Grant hours may be used for bookings at either South Oxford Space or Spaces @ 520. However, grant hours may not be used for bookings at Spaces @ 520 after 6pm Monday through Wednesday or for bookings at either South Oxford Space or Spaces @ 520 before 6pm on Saturday
  • Hours cannot be transferred to other companies or individuals.
  • Grant hours cannot be retroactively applied to reservations already made with A.R.T./New York.
  • Unused hours cannot be carried over to the next grant cycle
  • Grantees may request any of the studio and meeting rooms at its two shared space facilities. While A.R.T./New York will try to accommodate all requests, rooms are subject to availability.
  • Due to the layout of the facilities, certain noise and capacity restrictions might apply. A.R.T./New York reserves the right to restrict space use, especially for rehearsals and events that involve dance, excessive noise or occupancy, or the use of musical instruments in excess of the pianos provided
  • Storage space is very limited, cannot be guaranteed, and incurs a cost which is not subsidized by the grant.
When booking space, grantees must:
  • Clearly state that hours are to be applied to their grant award when making their reservation.
  • Indicate their intended use of the space honestly and accurately when making their reservation.
  • Confirm with facilities staff prior to booking that the desired studio can accommodate special needs, including but not limited to: loud noise, music, and sound equipment.
  • Provide advance notice to facilities staff for bookings that will involve unusually large groups, or other special circumstances.
Cancellations, no-shows, and unbooked hours
  • Grantees wishing to cancel a reservation must do so at least three days in advance, or those hours will be forfeit.
  • All hours unused by the end of the grant period will be forfeit.
  • Excessive late cancellations, no-shows, unbooked hours, and rule violations could affect eligibility for future grant cycles.


For facility information visit For more information about this program, please contact Programs Coordinator Corinne Woods, at or (212) 244-6667 ext. 241.



The Creative Space Grant is made possible by generous leadership support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



The following 67 companies received a total of 2,950 hours of rehearsal space for use in A.R.T./New York studios at Spaces @ 520 and the LuEsther T. Mertz South Oxford Space between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017.

American Opera Projects 
Andy Bragen Theatre Projects 
Blessed Unrest
Broken Box Mime Theater
Built for Collapse
Buran Theatre
CO/LAB Theater Group
Colt Coeur
DreamStreet Theatre Company
Epic Players Ensemble
Everyday Inferno Theatre Company
Fault Line Theatre
Flying Carpet Theatre
Frack Theatre
Fresh Ground Pepper
Girl Be Heard
Hard Sparks
Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre
Honest Accomplice Theatre
Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective
Keen Company
Life Jacket Theatre Co.
Live Source Theatre Group
Ma-Yi Theater Company
Making Books Sing, Inc. dba New York City Children's Theater
MCC Theater
Mint Theater Company
Musical Theatre Factory
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF)
New York Deaf Theatre, Ltd.
New York Musical Festival
New York Theatre Barn

Page 73 Productions
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
Parallel Exit, Inc.
Partial Comfort Productions
Peculiar Works Project
Pipeline Theatre Company
Polybe + Seats
Project Y Theatre Company
Rising Circle Theater Collective
Scandinavian American Theater Company
Semicolon Theatre Company
Sinking Ship Productions
Strange Harbor
Strange Sun Theater
Superhero Clubhouse
Tectonic Theater Project 
The Amoralists Theatre Company 
The Brick Theater, Inc. 
The Bushwick Starr 
The Civilians 
The Drama League 
The Dreamscape Theatre 
The Habitat Theater Company 
The Movement Theatre Company 
The Pearl Theatre Company 
The Play Company 
The Playwrights Realm 
The Tank 
Theater Breaking Through Barriers Corp. 
Theater in Asylum
Theater Reconstruction Ensemble
Theatre 167
Transport Group Theatre Company
Trusty Sidekick Theater Company
Woodshed Collective
Working Theater























Header: 2014 Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Grantee The Team’s production of RoosevElvis (Photo by: Sue Kessler)