News and Updates
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.

Voices of New York
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 12:00 AM



Pregones/PRTT hosts Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s “Voices of New York:  An Evening of Music, Poetry, Dance and Spoken Word” in the Bronx


For the second time this season, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hosted Voices of New York, this time in the Bronx home of the Pregones Theater + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.  This came after their first event, hosted by A.R.T./New York member LaMama, proved to be a huge success.

The evening began with a warm welcome from the Speaker, followed by a few words from Tony and Grammy Award winning composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who then introduced the amazing Arturo O'Farrill and the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats. Arturo O’Farrill founded this pre-professional youth performance program, which serves 32 students from middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout the City, and rehearses weekly using music pulled from Mr. O’Farrill’s deep repertoire. This Grammy Award winning orchestra has performed at Birdland, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library and Lincoln Center!

Other performers included the brilliant flamenco dancer Nelida Tirado, followed by Jadele McPherson—a performance artist, singer, actor, scholar and cultural organizer who moved us with her personal story, Epilogue: Debajo del Laurel.  Singer Russell Taylor, winner of VH1’s You Oughta Know crowd-source contest, was joined by acoustic guitarist Shelton Garner, to perform Blueprint. The duo then encouraged the audience to sing along to their performance of Hope!  After singing with Russell, we could all understand why he has been chosen to perform with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jill Scot, Isaac Hayes and Patti LaBelle!

Elizabeth Marrero, longtime collaborator with Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre and BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance,had the audience in hysterics with her performance of Petronilla (which featured a surprise appearance by Mr. Aviles!) The Ghetto Film School, which uses a creative education model to teach teens the craft of filmmaking and provide them with the skills for the 21st Century job market, showed 2 Episodes from their piece, Beneath the Streets, about young people who dance for money on the E Train. Yeshiva University's YSTUDS performed a mash-up of Let it Be in English and Hebrew proving once again the unique power of the arts to translate across languages and cultures.

The event came to a rousing conclusion with River of Recuerdos, an excerpt from Dancing in My Cockroach Killers, the musical created by Pregones’ ensemble artists in collaboration with poet and playwright Magdalena Gómez. Broadway veteran Elise Santora was accompanied by ensemble musicians Desmar Guevara, Ariel Robles, William Rodríguez, and Gabo Lugo. Even those of us who couldn't speak Spanish were able to get the gist of the wonderful performance, directed by Rosalba Rolón!

Congratulations to all the performers and to Pregones/PRTT and LaMama for hosting the first two events.

And muchas gracias, Madame Speaker, for creating these wonderful evenings to celebrate the power of Arts and Culture!

-Ginny Louloudes, Executive Director


[Photo credit: ©2015 Marisol Díaz for Pregones/PRTT.]

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