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

Individuals attend our workshops in the 2017 fiscal year.

1.5 million
Dollars in loans distributed in the 2017 fiscal year.


Fully subsidized rehearsal space hours granted in the 2017 fiscal year.


Dollars in grants awarded in the 2017 fiscal year.


Artists used our rehearsal studios in fiscal year 2017.


Students attended the 2017 Internship Fair.

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.

New in the 2018 Grant Cycle: 
Grants range in size from $750 to $2,500 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 $7,500, apply for the $750 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 2018 Nancy Quinn Fund will open on Monday, January 29 and applications will be due by Monday, February 26 at 5:00pm.  


  • Applicant must be a Full, Associate, or Independent Producer 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 primarily produce in one of the five boroughs in New York City
  • 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.


2018 Guidelines, Eiligibilty, and Evaluation Criteria »

Please review this information in full before applying

Apply for the 2018 Nancy Quinn Fund »

Applications must be submitted by 5PM on Monday, February 26, 2018.



Grant Work and Information Sessions

These sessions, held in our Manhattan office and online, will be hosted by A.R.T./New York programs staff who will walk applicants through the application and guidelines. Applicants are welcome to bring questions, and are strongly encouraged to read the application and guidelines before coming to the session.

Grant Work Session:
February 5, 2018, 5:30pm - A.R.T./New York Office, Manhattan »

Grant Info Session:
February 7, 2018, 1:00pm - Facebook Live »

Watch the Facebook Live Recording »

Narrative Statement Review

Applicants who wish to receive comments on a draft of their narrative before submitting their application may send a draft and receive comments from the A.R.T./New York Programs team. Drafts must be sent as a PDF attachment with your company's name in the filename by Wednesday, February 14, 2018 to Corinne Woods, Programs Coordinator, at to ensure feedback in a timely manner. Please review the guidelines for this process in our Grant Guidelines.

For more information about this program, please contact Corinne Woods, Programs Coordinator, at or (212) 244-6667 ext. 241.



Grant crediting guidelines and language »

FY17 Nancy Quinn Fund Reporting »



Athena Theatre
Blessed Unrest
Broken Box Mime Theater
Circus Amok
Concrete Temple Theatre
Crossing Jamaica Avenue
Downtown Urban Arts Festival
EPIC Players
Flux Theatre Ensemble
General Mischief Dance Theatre
The Habitat Theater Company
Honest Accomplice Theatre
id Theater
Immediate Medium
IRT Theater, Inc.
Life Jacket Theatre Company
Little Lord
Live Source Theatre Group
The Mad Ones
The Movement Theatre Company
National Asian Artists Project, Inc.
New York Deaf Theatre, Ltd.
New York Madness
The New Stage Theatre Company
No.11 Productions
Noor Theatre
Parallel Exit, Inc.
Partial Comfort Productions
Peculiar Works Project
Pipeline Theatre Company
Rising Circle Theater Collective
Semicolon Theatre Company
Shakespeare Downtown
Superhero Clubhouse
The Syndicate
Theatre 167
Voyage Theater Company



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: 2017 Nancy Quinn Fund, Creative Space Grant, Creative Opportunity Fund, and Rental Subsidy Fund recipient Broken Box Mime Theater's prduction of SEE REVERSE //  Photo: Bjorn Bolinder @findthelightphotography