A.R.T./New York provides a variety of financial resources to help theatres realize their creative potential.

Members served by our funding program in the 2015 fiscal year.


Dollars in grants distributed in the 2015 fiscal year.


Fully subsidized rehearsal space hours granted in the 2015 fiscal year.


Dollars in loans distributed in the 2015 fiscal year.

The Nancy Quinn Fund

Little Lord - Babes in Toyland

Little Lord's’ production of Babes in Toyland. Photo by Daniela Mullady.

The Nancy Quinn Fund was created in honor of Nancy Quinn, one time A.R.T./New York board member and former Artistic Director of Young Playwrights, Inc. Ms. Quinn strongly believed in the importance of giving young talent an opportunity to “have their say.” She showed tremendous respect for the voices of the next generation of artists and was committed to fostering the work of new, emerging, and small theatre companies. After she passed away in 1993, A.R.T./New York launched the Nancy Quinn Fund to assist its largest and most rapidly growing sector of member theatres – those with annual cash budgets under $100,000 – by providing management seminars, annual grants, and other services designed to help companies facing the challenges of producing in New York City.

Often on the cutting edge of the theatrical experience, these small theatres frequently produce world premieres that launch new careers, technology, techniques, and plays into the American Theatre lexicon. Despite the number of companies this size, however, very few funding resources are available to them. The Nancy Quinn Fund is designed specifically to help fill that need by providing general operating grants to those companies with budgets under $100,000.

Grants range in size from $500 to $2,000 with no grant exceeding 10% of the theatre's expenses for its most recently completed fiscal year. If your organization's budget is less than $5,000, apply for the $500 minimum grant. If your most recently completed fiscal year was unusually small, you may take the average expenses of your last two completed fiscal years.

Grantees can find information on crediting policies and language here.


The application for the 2016 Nancy Quinn fund is now open. Applications are due by Friday March 4, 2016 at 5:00pm.  


  • Applicant must be a Full or Associate member of A.R.T./New York in good standing.
  • Applicant must have had annual expenses totaling under $100,000 for its most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Applicant must have participated in Organizational Planning and Process Part 1 and Part 2. The one-on-one individual session is not required. The theatre does not have to have participated in this year’s sessions if it participated in past years.
  • Applicant must not have an outstanding final report from previous years’ grant cycles.

A company does not have to be incorporated or have 501(c)(3) status to apply for the grant.



2016 Guldelines, Eiligibilty, and Evaluation Criteria »

Please review this information in full before applying


For more information about this program, please contact Ann Marie Lonsdale, Director of Programs, at or (212) 244-6667 ext. 221.



  • Between the Seas
  • Blessed Unrest
  • Buran Theatre
  • CollaborationTown
  • Collapsable Giraffe
  • Colt Coeur
  • Concrete Temple Theatre
  • The CRY HAVOC Company
  • Downtown Art
  • Dramatic Question Theatre
  • Faux-Real Theatre Company
  • Flux Theatre Ensemble
  • id Theater
  • Immediate Medium
  • IRT Theater
  • La Troupe Makandal, Inc.
  • LaMicro Theater
  • Little Lord
  • The Movement Theatre Company
  • National Theatre for Student Artists
  • The New Stage Theatre Company
  • New Worlds Theatre Project, Inc.
  • Nia Theatrical Production Company
  • Noor Theatre
  • Peculiar Works Project
  • Pioneers Go East Collective
  • Pipeline Theatre Company
  • The Queen's Company
  • Retro Productions
  • Rising Circle Theater Collective
  • Roots&Branches Theater
  • Second Generation Productions
  • Sinking Ship Productions
  • Steps Theatre
  • Theater 2020, Inc.
  • Theater 167
  • Turkish American Repertory Theater & Entertainment
  • Untitled Theater Company No. 61
  • Vampire Cowboys
  • Voyage Theater Company
  • WaxFactory



The Nancy Quinn Fund is made possible in part by generous funding from the Mental Insight Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.




Header: 2014 Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Grantee The Team’s production of RoosevElvis (Photo by: Sue Kessler)