News and Updates
Town Hall Takeaways
Monday, January 23, 2017 12:00 AM


Dear Members,

On Monday, December 19th, A.R.T./New York held a Post Election Town Hall Meeting. The full video of the event is above and you can find the program here. Our distinguished panelists included:

  • Congressman Jerrold Nadler
  • City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer
  • Earl Lewis, President of the Andrew W.Mellon Foundation and co-author of "Our Compelling Interests";
  • Bruce Gyory, professor and political strategist who is of Counsel to Manatt, Phelos and Phillips;
  • Lameece Issaq, Artistic Director of Noor Theatre Company; and
  • Lauren Wainwright, Managing Director of Tectonic Theatre Company

 There were several "Takeaways" from the Panel:

  1. The Affordable Care Act Is complex and dismantling it will take a long time.  Yes, it is flawed, but with 2 million people signed up for the exchange-many who voted for President-Elect Trump - it will be impossible to create something better that is also more affordable without increasing taxes.
    Yet as I write this Congress is swiftly moving to dismantle the ACA.  No one is quite sure how this will play out.
  2. There is documented proof that equal access to education leads to a more equitable access to college and greater earning power among people of various races;
  3. There has been a spike in hate crime since the election.  Muslims, Jews and the LGBTQ community are primary targets.

For me, the most important "takeaway" was Jimmy Van Bramer's call for us to become politically active in support of the values we hold so dear that are under threat.  He urged us to go to our Community Board Meetings and even consider running for office.

In his Farewell Address on Tuesday evening, President Obama made the same argument:

"George Washington wrote that self-government   is the underpinning of our safety, prosperity, and liberty, but “from different causes and from different quarters much pains will be taken... to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth...."


It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy. Embrace the joyous task we have been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours because, for all our outward differences, we in fact all share the same proud type, the most important office in a democracy, citizen."

As your advocate, I look forward to working with you to become more active and engaged Citizens!

With love,



From Ginny's Desk: Community Conversation
Thursday, November 17, 2016 12:00 AM




Dear Members,

The late Zelda Fichandler wrote: 
"Despair creates anger, anger creates energy, and energy turns things around."
I thought about this last week in the wake of the election. Though A.R.T./New York remains nonpartisan, we recognize that this is a moment in which we can come together as a community: to mourn, to support one another, and to look ahead.

On November 29th, A.R.T./New York will host a gathering for the field. Beginning at 6:15 pm we hope you will come spend time with us at the SITI Company Zeisler Studio at 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 311, and share a drink and a snack. This gathering is a safe and brave space for us to come together and express ourselves. RSVP here so we can get a sense of the size of the group.

We are also working to organize a Town Hall meeting in December, which can help us determine how we move forward as a community. We welcome your ideas and thoughts as we plan that event. 

With love,

Community Conversation
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
SITI Company Zeisler Studio at 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 311



Opening Our Doors To Independent Producers
Monday, October 31, 2016 12:00 AM



As the landscape of New York City changes, A.R.T./New York is changing too! Our membership has always been exclusively geared toward organizations, but so many artists and producers work independently. We're here to serve the NYC theatre community, so it's time for us to open up our membership and make space for Independent Producers with our new category of membership.

What does this mean for current members?
Your membership isn't changing, but you'll be excited to learn that our community is growing! You likely know and have worked with independent producers who may not have had access to A.R.T./New York membership. There is now a way for them to access our services and community: Feel free to let them know!

I'm already a member, but I think Independent Producer Membership might be a better fit.
Maybe it is! Keep in mind that Independent Producer memberships have access to the same services as Full and Associate members. Independent Producer Memberships are designed for individuals, therefore aren't set up to share benefits with a staff. If you are truly working as an individual, switching your membership status could simplify things. Email Kati Frazier at if you'd like to change your membership status.

I'm not a member, but I think I'd like to join as an Independent Producer.
Great! Take a look at the membership guidelines below, and if you'd like to apply to join A.R.T./New York, just head over to our website. We're excited to have you join our community!



Independent Producer Membership


  • Must not be eligible for FULL or ASSOCIATE Theatre Membership;
  • Must be self-produced in New York City;
  • Must not charge fees to participating artists (including playwrights, actors, designers, and directors) to participate in theatrical productions. Members may charge fees only for legitimate classes and training programs and only if they are clearly dissociated from theatre productions.
  • Should demonstrate that projects undertaken are non-profit in spirit, and not generating more than $100,000 in income and expenses on a single project or in a single year. 
  • Nonprofit incorporation or 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is not required for Independent Producer Membership, though Independent Producers may be under the umbrella of another organization (ie fiscally sponsored).

Dues for Independent Producer Membership 

  • $155 (income and expense under $100,000 per year or per project)

Benefits for Independent Producers 

  • Eligible to apply for the Nancy Quinn Fund Grant (budget must be under $100,000);
  • Eligible to apply for Creative Space Grant;
  • Eligible for Creative Opportunity Fund Grant (budget must be under $500,000);
  • All other services benefits of membership that apply to membership classes, however some programs do have an application process and specific eligibility requirements.
  • Independent Producer memberships are not designed to extend benefits to a full staff like other membership categories intended for organizations.





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