News and Updates
How can the A.R.T./New York Theatres meet your needs?
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:00 AM
Construction is under way, and we're on track to bring you two state-of-the art performance spaces on the west side of Manhattan.

As part of our planning process, the A.R.T./New York staff wants to collect up-to-date information about how you are working now, in 2015, and what you need to provide the best possible experience to the artists and audiences you serve. To that end, we have created a survey so that you can provide us with vital information about your needs and how you interact with performance spaces.

The information you provide will help us plan and design rental packages that are responsive to your needs as producers of New York's finest nonprofit theatre.

Please, take 15 minutes or so to fill out the survey before August 1st. Please, send only one response from each company.

3 More Years of Creative Space
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 12:00 AM

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

A.R.T./New York is happy to announce that with renewed support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, it will continue to award Creative Space grants for the next three years. Thanks to previous support from The Mellon Foundation, A.R.T./New York has provided 27,500 free Creative Space hours to its members since 2011. These grants have supported 140 unique companies, representing thousands of artists from all five boroughs.

When the program was inaugurated in 2011, A.R.T./New York had identified the cost of rehearsal space as a source of financial strain shared among all the companies it represents, making the Creative Space Grant a resource for all member organizations. “NAATCO was about to cut its programming for the first time because of the continuing effects of the economic crash,” wrote Mia Katigbak, Artistic Producing Director of NAATCO. “Thanks to the Space Grant, we were able to go ahead with our second production of the season.”

The Creative Space Program provides A.R.T./New York members with free rehearsal space hours at its shared office and rehearsal facilities, Spaces @ 520 in Manhattan and the LuEsther T. Mertz South Oxford Space in Brooklyn. These in-kind space grants can be used to support a wide variety of creative activity, including rehearsals, auditions, developmental processes, meetings, invited readings, and workshops that further the artistic endeavors of A.R.T./New York members.

The program will continue to be open to all A.R.T./New York members in good standing, providing between 25-75 free hours per cycle to awarded applicants. Details about the program and the application can be found here. The application process for FY16 Cycle 1 (July-December) will be open through May 22, 2015 and Cycle 2 (January-June 2016) will open in October 2015. 


Questions Considered
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 12:00 AM



ARTS Action Research


As we inaugurate this new online column, ARTS Action Research is proud to be celebrating 22 years of collaboration with A.R.T./New York’s Board, staff, and extraordinary membership. When we began this work, Executive Director of A.R.T./New York, Ginny Louloudes, was newly appointed and sought to reframe the role of the theatre service organization, setting in motion a pattern of unprecedented growth and impact in New York City theatre that has now kept pace for two decades. We like to think that it was more than just good fortune that our vision and work at ARTS Action Research were in acute alignment and measured syncopation with Ginny’s vision.  We have recently shared our experience of that defining period of growth and change in New York theatre through our latest Special Report Leading from the Center, which you can read here.

What is this new online column?  As we begin a new cycle of work through the Theatre Leadership Program and Nancy Quinn Program, we have been thinking about what we learn in the process of working with A.R.T./New York’s diverse and accomplished member theatres and how we might reflect this learning back to you. This column provides a unique opportunity to do that.

Central to our approach is a commitment to working with each theatre’s own design. We don’t engineer. We concentrate our focus on what works for that theatre, rather than what we believe should, could or ought to work. We work on understanding more than explaining, because getting the right question is fundamental to getting the right answer. It is in that spirit that we are dedicating this new column to questions. The kinds of questions that we ask the theatres we are working with, the questions they ask us, and the questions we ask ourselves in the process of doing this work.

We are always mindful that the answers to yesterday’s questions can become the unknowns of today. That is why instead of simply repeating answers to questions asked in the past, we find that thinking about how to answer them in the present moment carries greater impact through a dynamic and developing conversation. Our intention is not to provide definitive answers, but to share, understand and consider the questions, as part of our dialog with the arts professionals with whom we work.  We invite you to read along with us and offer your questions and insights as we learn together.

Do you have questions in your organization or work that you would like to work with ARTS Action Research to explore and understand?  AAR Associates are available to A.R.T./New York members throughout the year, conducting Nancy Quinn Program workshops and providing one on one consulting support through the Theatre Leadership Program. For more information about these programs, contact Ann Marie Lonsdale at A.R.T./New York.

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