Now in its 15th year, the Nancy Quinn Technical Assistance Program is designed to provide resources to companies with annual operating budgets under $100,000.
Most small theatre companies are started by an artist or group of artists who have a specific aesthetic, clear artistic vision and a passion for the art form. These theatres provide the training ground for new artists, the testing ground for new ideas and the point of entry for new audiences. Despite their small budgets, these companies have become increasingly influential. For example, Sarah Ruhl, a 2006 MacArthur Fellow, is a founding member of 13P and Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue by Quiara Alegria Hudes, produced by Page 73 Productions, was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Yet for all their artistic prowess, the artists and culture workers who start these companies often have little access to the existing knowledge base and support in the strategic and administrative aspects of their organizations. The Nancy Quinn Technical Assistance program provides practical advice, access to information and training on topics such as accounting, audience development, arts boards, financial management, fundraising, individual giving, planning, press and publicity, and special events, through workshops and one-on-one consultations. All the sessions are conducted by experienced professionals in the field.
Last year alone, 123 workshops were attended by 379 people. Participation in the program is often a turning point for many companies and the workshops generate a plethora of ideas about how managers can run their organizations more effectively and better achieve their goals. In order to help companies execute some of their goals, a companion program, The Nancy Quinn Fund, provides these groups with cash grants.
Workshops are free and open to all A.R.T./New York Members, unless otherwise indicated. Capacity is limited.
The Nancy Quinn Technical Assistance Program is made possible in part by generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick.
Header: David Greenspan, Ugo Chukwu, Rachel Claire, Amir Darvish, Meg MacCary and Susan Hyon in the Target Margin Theater production of The (*) Inn (photo by Erik Carter)