An Update on the A.R.T./New York Theatres
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 12:00 AM


Dear Members,
For several years you've asked me: "When are the new theatres going to open?" And during this time you've been incredibly patient as these dates have changed. Today I am pleased to announce that the New York City Department of Design and Construction and the Department of Cultural Affairs have given us a June 2016 date when the spaces will be complete!
To be on the safe side, we will use the months of July and August to make sure all "punch list" items get done, and to test our new theatre equipment and all of the other amazing elements that will make this a flexible, state-of-the-art space. During the summer of 2016 we will also hold numerous tours for members, donors, and our neighbors in Hell's Kitchen!

The first performances in the A.R.T./New York Theatres will be held in September of 2016.
Because these are brand new spaces built within a mixed-use development, we know that there will be some "kinks" to work through in the first few productions. For this reason, we have identified a small, diverse pilot group of members who have agreed to work with us in testing out the new theatres during their crucial first months.
We will use a peer panel to select groups for the remainder of FY17 and into FY18. Depending upon the amount of interest that develops, and how far into the future theatres seek to reserve space, we may book through December 2017 or June 2018. We are also exploring ways to award a three year residency to a group during "low demand" weeks, how two theatres could rent the space together to save on rental costs, how we might work with a festival to book out both theatres at once, and how to welcome staged readings and other events so that we can serve as many companies as possible throughout the year!
Applications for renting the A.R.T./New York Theatres will become available online on September 28, 2015. I'm sure there will be questions, so we will hold several information sessions to discuss the application and selection process with you.
I know how much these theatres mean to all of you, and we are working to develop the most transparent and responsible way possible for you to access them. We have just updated the A.R.T./New York Theatres page of our website, which will show construction photos so that you can witness their development along with all of us at A.R.T./New York. Please take a moment to visit the A.R.T./New York Theatres website at:

As always, I want to thank you all for your support during this rather long design/construction phase. We have a great team from DCLA and DDC working with us on these theatres, and it is my deepest hope that you will fall in love with the spaces as much as I have.