News and Updates
A Message from Brooke
Friday, December 08, 2017 12:00 AM

A Message from Brooke

Dear Friends of A.R.T./New York,

After three amazing years, it is with sadness that I write to you one last time to say goodbye as I move on to my next position.

I am very proud to have been a part of A.R.T./New York, and feel fortunate to have met so many wonderful supporters, who understand the importance of this incredible organization, which does so much for the theatre field. It has been an exciting few years as we opened the A.R.T./New York Theatres and continued to grow our membership and operating budget, and I want to thank all of you for your support throughout this time. Thanks to your generosity, our campaigns have been strong and our annual gala giving has grown by 20%. I will particularly miss producing this warm and fun event, which I looked forward to each year.

Before I even walked through the doors on my first day at this organization, a member artist I knew told me, “A.R.T./New York has been invaluable to us for 15 years.” That sentiment has been a consistent refrain that I have heard repeated by so many theatre companies during my time here. Thank you for your generosity, which allows A.R.T./New York to be the critical resource artists need. If you’d like to stay in touch (and I hope you will!), I can be found on LinkedIn.


With best wishes for 2018,


Brooke Berescik-Johns







Advocacy Alert: Proposed Tax Bill and Charitable Donations
Monday, November 27, 2017 12:00 AM

Call Your Senators about the proposed Tax Reform Bills!

There has been a great deal of activity in Congress as both houses work on developing a Tax Bill. The House has already passed their bill. The Senate’s bill is somewhat different, but both of them, if passed as is, could dramatically reduce the amount of contributions nonprofits receive from individuals.

  1. The House and Senate recommend doubling the Standard Tax Deduction which would eliminate charitable deductions for 95% of Americans.
  2. This will cost nonprofits a loss of $12-20 BILLION in Charitable Donations
A RAY OF HOPE: Universal Charitable Giving Act

On Tuesday, November 14, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Senate companion to the Universal Charitable Giving Act, which was originally introduced by Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) in the House in October. The bill would extend an above-the-line charitable deduction to non-itemizers that would be capped at one-third of the standard deduction. So, although nothing was included in the Senate tax package that would ensure more Americans have access to a tax benefit for charitable giving, Sen. Lankford’s universal charitable a deduction bill can still be considered by the full Senate, and perhaps even included in their final tax reform bill.

But it won’t happen without your help.

Momentum for tax reform is at a level not seen in 30 years and in its current iteration, charities will lose billions of dollars in charitable donations. Contact your senators and urge them to protect charitable giving in the Senate tax reform bill. Explain how doubling of the standard deduction will eliminate the charitable deduction for 95 percent of Americans and result in a loss of $12-20 billion in charitable giving. Tell your senator that the way to avoid this devastating consequence is to expand the charitable deduction to all Americans.

Even though the House has already passed its version of tax reform, contact your representative and relay the same information. The House and Senate versions of tax reform still need to be reconciled and your elected officials need to understand what the current proposals will do to charitable giving. More than ever before, now is the time for you to tell them how tax reform will affect your charities and community.

  1. Tell them to vote NO to DOUBLING THE STANDARD TAX DEDUCTION because doing so will deny 95% of taxpayers the opportunity to itemize their charitable donations; and cost the nonprofit community $12-20 billion in donations.
  2. Urge them to pass the Universal Charitable Giving Act proposed by Senator Lankford and Congressman Walker.
  3. Tell them how many individual donors you have and how much you rely on their support so that you can produce your work for and provide affordable tickets to children and seniors!

You may want to also include these items:

  • Tell them that you do not support a Tax Plan that would, according to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, increase taxes for every group that earns less than $75,000 a year.
  • Tell your Senators that you do not want the Senate to pass a Tax Bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act! Remind them that many freelance workers and artists need the ACA to get health insurance.


NY: Chuck Schumer (212) 486-4430        Kirsten Gillibrand: (212) 688-6262

NJ: Bob Menendez (973) 645-3030          Cory Booker (856) 338-8922

CT: Richard Blumenthal (203) 330-0598   Chris Murphy (860) 549-8463


To find the name and contact information of your representatives go to

Click on the link to get to your Representative's website and call their Washington DC phone number.









Grants in Action
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:00 AM

Grants in Action 

Each year, A.R.T./New York awards $63,000 through the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund to companies who wish to augment their design budgets and take their creative visions to the next level. With grants ranging from $2,000-$6,000, companies with shows already in the works may use the award to elevate their original concepts and boost their show’s ‘wow’ factor with improvements to their sound, lighting, costume, special effects, set design, multimedia elements, or any other design element.

This October, four of our seven grantees have their shows up and running. We encourage you to check out their incredible work!  


Grantee: Woodshed Collective

Show: KPOP

Now playing at the A.R.T./New York Theatres

This ambitiously interactive show uses video and projection design to transform the space and fully immerse audiences.

Photo: Ben Arons



Grantee: Ping Chong + Company


Now playing through Oct 29 at La Mama

Projection Design including projectors, mounts, and moveable projection towers help create Ping Chong’s collage of striking contemporary and historical encounters.


Grantee: Ripe Time

Show: Sleep

November 27 - December 2 at BAM Fisher Space

The set has a creative, multi-piece floor unit that is built to break open as the show (and character arc) progresses.

Photo: Julieta Cervantes


Grantee: SITI Company

Show: Hanjo

December 7-9  at the Japan Society

Wireless microphones, monitor technology, and the use of a professional recording studio enhanced the movement and music in the bilingual triptych.





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