News and Updates
2018 Cycle One Creative Space Grantees
Friday, June 23, 2017 12:00 AM

Creative Space Grantee Project Y Theatre's Company's production of Connection // Photo By Hunter Canning  

A.R.T./New York is pleased to announce the recipients of the FY18 Cycle 1 Creative Space grant! These 65 companies received a total of 2950 hour of studios space for use between July 1 and December 31, 2017. The Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is an in-kind grant of free rehearsal space in A.R.T./New York's studio spaces at the LuEsther T. Mertz South Oxford Space and Spaces @ 520.


All For One Theater Festival, Inc.
American Opera Projects 
Athena Theatre 
Blessed Unrest 
Boomerang Theatre Company 
Broken Box Mime Theater 
Built for Collapse 
Calliope Theatre Company 
CO/LAB Theater Group 
Dramatic Question Theatre 
Electric Eye Ensemble 
Ensemble Studio Theatre 
EPIC Players 
Epic Theatre Ensemble 
Everyday Inferno Theatre Company 
Falconworks Theater Company 
Fault Line Theatre 
Fiasco Theater 
General Mischief Dance Theatre 
Girl Be Heard 
HERE 
Honest Accomplice Theatre 
Hotel Savant 
Houses on the Moon Theater Company 
Leviathan Lab, Inc. 
Liberation Theatre Company 
Life Jacket Theatre Company 
Live Source Theatre Group 
National Alliance for Musical Theatre 
National Asian Artists Project, Inc. 
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) 
New Light Theater Project 
New Ohio Theatre 
New York City Children's Theater 
New York City Players 
New York Musical Festival 
New York Theatre Barn 
Nia Theatrical Production Company 
No.11 Productions 
Parallel Exit, Inc. 
Parity Productions 
Polybe + Seats 
Prism Stage Company 
Project Y Theatre Company 
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater 
Ripe Time 
Scandinavian American Theater Company 
Semicolon Theatre Company 
Superhero Clubhouse 
Tectonic Theater Project 
The Associates Theater Ensemble 
The Bushwick Starr 
The Civilians
The Drama League 
The Play Production Company, Inc. dba The Play Company 
The Playwrights Realm 
The Relationship 
The Tank
Theater Breaking Through Barriers Corp. 
Theatre 167 
Torn Out Theater, Inc. 
Turkish American Repertory Theater& Entertainment 
viBe Theater Experience 
WaxFactory 
Working Theater
 
Congratulations to all of this year's grantees, and thank you to all our applicants for participating in the process!


 
 
 
 
Accessibility at Dixon Place
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:00 AM

Community Case Studies: Accessibility at Dixon Place and the FAB-A.R.T/New York Disability Cohort

Earlier this year, A.R.T./New York and Fourth Arts Block collaborated, bringing members of both organizations together with facilitator, Beth Prevor to learn more about making their spaces accessible for people with disabilities. At the end of these sessions each company presented a plan for implementing what they learned in their space. Some proposed big changes, some small: for some this fit into a larger plan and for others it was the first of many steps. Each company  received a micro-grant to help them implement the change. Here, Mayadevi Ross from Dixon Place shares her experience with the cohort and Dixon Place's proposal to take a step forward for accessibility. 

 

The New York City Arts Community has a long standing reputation of being starving, accepting, neo-liberal artists that welcome anyone into their open arms. However, we soon learn that this trope is a myth—the arts community, though “liberal” perhaps in comparison to the rest of the country, has a ways to come--especially as a predominantly white, cis-gender, male, non-disabled institution. This FAB-A.R.T./New York Disability cohort has been a constant reminder to check ones privilege. As a non-disabled person, which at first was easy for me to lose sight of as a woman of color, I ended up seeing these lessons as more relatable and became curious as to the intersections within marginalized people. Through the workshop, brainstorming with my fellow Dixon Place staff members, and meeting with Beth Prevor, our facilitator and the head of Hands On--an organization dedicated to promoting accessibility in the Arts, I was able to come up with both long-term and short-term goals to make Dixon Place a more accessible venue.

IThe door in need of a ramp at Dixon Placen terms of accessibility, the first thing I started to look at was where our space was physically inaccessible. Since our office is on the ground level and our theater is on the level below with elevator access, our rehearsal studio came to mind. Currently, the studio is offered to our performers as a complimentary space for them to practice, however, there is a step to get to it. Because of this, we would like to put in a ramp that would allow people with walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, etc., to access the space. In discussing this plan with Beth, she brought it to my attention that not all wheelchair users would be able to get through the doorway—that in fact the door frames offered only limited accessibility. The next step that we came up with was to prioritize our rehearsal space for performers who have a disability. Our works-in-progress artists, who get one night to perform and 1 to 3 hours of complimentary rehearsal time, would be given the mainstage for their rehearsal rather than the rehearsal studio. Our mainstage is usually saved for our artist-in-residence and commissioned shows, but if we are aware that a performer or artist has a disability they would also be given the option of using the mainstage since in the past, we have had artists in need of a place to rehearse that were able to reserve only our studio based on availability. Both having a ramp as an option and giving priority to those unable to physically get to the space is what we foresee changing at Dixon Place.

In thinking about the long-term changes that need to happen, the first thing that comes to mind is language—primarily on our website. Currently, our mission statement and accessibility page on our website uses somewhat ambiguous language--so perhaps specifying who and what bodies we choose to empower could create a more inclusive environment. From there, we have a few more ideas that are a little up in the air; one of which is to have an Artists with Disabilities Festival for a week. Each night, we would feature one to two artists with a disability and support them by offering rehearsals, marketing, and tech. The hope is to also have an interpreter for at least one of our shows. For our season programming, we have been looking more into performers with disabilities for our commission shows as well as bringing into consideration a disability in our hiring process--much like gender and race.

Although the hope is to be as accessible and inclusive as possible for everyone, a valuable take away is knowing what is currently in your capabilities and what you need to work on in the future. It is my hope that with the grant we received through the cohort, Dixon Place will be able to purchase a ramp, and at least get us a step closer to becoming fully accessible. 

- Mayadevi Ross
 
 
 
 
 
A Statement of Support
Friday, June 16, 2017 12:00 AM

A Statement of Support

A.R.T./New York is deeply committed to the values of access, inclusion, and artistry that guide not only the Public Theatre, but so many of our member companies across New York City. We are continually inspired and challenged by the work our community creates and our members' deep and abiding commitment to freedom of speech and freedom of expression for all artists. 

Today and every day, we must strive to be a community based in vigorous debate, bold choices, complexity, and respect. We expect nothing less from our artists and theatres as we forge ahead, together.


- The Board and Staff of A.R.T./New York


 
 
 
 
 
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