News and Updates
From Crisis To Creation
Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:00 AM

On February 9, A.R.T./New York had the privilege of presenting at the CUNY Graduate Center at a gathering entitled “Crisis to Creation: A Town Hall on the Future of New York City Theatre.” The event, organized by Brad Burgess in collaboration with Frank Hentschker, was centered around strategies to sustain theatres and theatre artists in New York City in the wake of the financial crisis and the seemingly endless challenges facing artists who live and make work in the city today. The evening culminated in the presentation of the inaugural Segal Award to Majority Leader of the New York City Council Jimmy Van Bramer, and remarks from DCA Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, both champions of NYC’s arts and culture.

The evening featured a number of speakers, all of whom make theatre or provide services to theatres in New York City. These range from the local (4th Street Arts Block) to the national (Theatre Communication Group) and many in between, including the Asian American Arts Alliance and One Percent for Culture. The evening opened with an invocation in the form of a 'letter' from Ellen Stewart, the deeply missed founder of LaMama Experimental Theatre in the East Village, read by their current Artistic Director Mia Yoo. Stewart’s was not a typical path to the theatre, and what she created at LaMama reflected her unique personality, sense of style, and vibrant artistry. She used the metaphor of the pushcart, which was returned to during the evening, as a way to describe our theatre community and what we have to offer one another as we move forward. Generosity was the watchword of the evening, inspired by Ellen.

The presentations were each unique and interesting (props to Jennifer Wright Cook from The Field for being my personal Powerpoint hero), covering topics ranging from The League of Independent Theaters’ Charter Barter program in schools to National BlackFest’s upcoming presentations at The Lark to ArtsPool’s launch of its collective insourcing services (you know we’re big fans of theirs here at A.R.T./New York). But what was most exciting was the breadth of the services and support that are available to theatres and artists here in New York City. The sheer number of committed, passionate, generous administrators and artists who are creating work and connecting artists with services is outstanding. Being in a room with Gus Schulenburg from N.E.T., nobody could believe that theatre is in crisis. Rather, we are pushing the cart forward, if slowly.

Is it enough? No. Can we do more? Of course. But there are solutions being enacted. One of A.R.T./New York’s responses, and the one that was presented on Monday, are the two state-of-the-art performance spaces we will open on West 53rd Street in the summer of 2016, which you can read about here. Affordable space is one of many responses to the crisis of 2008. As one audience member described the theatre project after the event—“So, you want artists to have more, for less? Usually it’s the other way around.” That sounds about right.

Ann Marie Lonsdale, Director of Programs

Best Wishes, Ann Marie // Reporting
Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:00 AM


Hi everybody!

Grant season is upon us! Doesn't it feel like everything is due all at once? DCA is due February 9, and  NYSCA funding guidelines will soon be available, among many others. A.R.T./New York's own Nancy Quinn Fund will open for applications on Monday, January 26.

We all focus so much on the application process, and rightly so. Contributed income is crucial to all our nonprofit ventures. But once you receive the grant, the process is not over! Reporting is a crucial aspect of the grant process, and provides vital information to any funder. I say this mostly because we have two deadlines for reporting fast approaching:
  1. Creative Space Grants for FY15, Cycle 1 (July-December) - Reports due January 31, 2015 
  2. Nancy Quinn Fund for 2014 - Reports due February 28, 2015

All reports will be due by email to me at I can't stress enough how important it is to provide reports as per the funders' instructions by the due date-put that date in your calendar and treat it like an application deadline. In some instances, a late or missing report can and will disqualify your organizations from future opportunities for funding.

Your reports help A.R.T./New York collect crucial information about the field, and help us to make the case to our funders about the vital impact of the grant making programs that we administer. Your help here is invaluable! We are so looking forward to seeing your reports. If you have questions about any of this, contact me or our Programs Coordinator, Adeola Adegbola, at

Best wishes,
Ann Marie

2015 Creative Space Grant Round Two Recipients
Thursday, January 15, 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


Congratulations to the following 66 companies who received a total of 4500 hours through the Creative Space Grant program, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for use between January 1 and June 30, 2015.

  • All For One Theater Festival, Inc.
  • Amas Musical Theatre
  • ArtsConnection
  • Between the Seas
  • Braata Productions
  • Buran Theatre
  • Cherry Lane Theatre
  • Clubbed Thumb
  • Concrete Temple Theatre
  • Drama of Works
  • Dramatic Question Theatre
  • Epic Theatre Ensemble
  • Frances Black Projects
  • Girl Be Heard
  • HERE
  • Houses on the Moon Theater Company
  • I.D.E.A.S.
  • Irish Repertory Theatre
  • Keen Company
  • Little Lord
  • Live Source
  • Ma-Yi Theater Company
  • Mint Theater Company
  • Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company
  • Naked Angels
  • National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene (NYT-F)
  • New Ohio Theatre
  • New York City Players
  • New York Madness
  • New York Neo-Futurists
  • Old Hat Theatre Company
  • Page 73 Productions
  • Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
  • Parallel Exit, Inc.
  • Prospect Theater Company
  • Rabbit Hole Ensemble
  • Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
  • Red Fern Theatre Company
  • Retro Productions
  • Rising Circle Theater Collective
  • Second Generation Productions
  • Strange Harbor
  • Studio 42
  • Target Margin Theater
  • Tectonic Theater Project
  • The Brick Theater, Inc.
  • The Civilians
  • The Debate Society
  • The Drama League
  • The Flea Theater
  • The Foundry Theatre
  • The Pearl Theatre Company
  • The Play Company
  • The Playwrights Realm
  • The Shadow Box Theatre
  • The Shakespeare Society
  • The Tank
  • The TEAM
  • Theater Breaking Through Barriers
  • Theater Reconstruction Ensemble
  • Theatre 167
  • Theatre Askew
  • VH Theatrical Development Foundation
  • WaxFactory
  • Woodshed Collective
  • Working Theater
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