Creative Space Grants

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A still from INTO THE WOODS by Out of the Box Theatrics, who received the Creative Space Grant in FY19 Cycle 1. Photo by Jazelle's Artistry.

The A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is designed to provide theatre companies with real estate opportunities to help them meet their creative needs. This is an in-kind grant that provides A.R.T./New York members with $500 - $1,750 in credit to be used on studio space at A.R.T./New York’s [email protected] in Manhattan, and the LuEsther T. Mertz South Oxford Space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Applicants may request space to meet any need that enables them to better create their work, including but not limited to rehearsals, auditions (no open calls), meeting space, or any combination of the above. Bookings may be made in bulk for multiple hours per day over the course of a few weeks (in the case of rehearsals), or spread out over the entire grant period. Revenue-generating activities (such as fundraisers or workshops that charge participants to attend) and ticketed performances will NOT be supported through this grant. Applicants cannot apply credit to any bookings that they made prior to receiving their grant notification.

Rental space is available to grantees based on availability. While recipients may request specific studios at either or both of A.R.T./New York’s facilities, A.R.T./New York cannot guarantee that it will be able to accommodate requests exactly as submitted.

Grantees can find information on crediting policies and language here.

For more information about this program, please email [email protected].

Grant Request Amounts

Grant requests are for a dollar amount in credit to be used towards bookings. Applicants can request $500 - $1,750 in credit. Please refer to the rental rates for our studios when calculating the amount of credit you would like to request, and pay close attention to the guidelines for the use of hours and the application as they have changed.

Creative Space is not a cash grant. Recipients will receive credit for use at A.R.T./New York spaces.


Please review all information before applying, especially the space and narrative guidelines, as they have changed.



Creative Space Grants are made twice annually, with applications due in November (for January - June) and May (for July - December) of each year.

FY20 Creative Space Grant Cycle 2

FY20 Cycle 2 is a grant for space for January - June of 2020.

  • Application opens: Monday, October 28, 2019
  • Narrative review deadline: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10:00am
  • Application closes: Monday, November 18, 2019 at 5:00pm

FY21 Creative Space Grant Cycle 1

FY21 Cycle 1 is a grant for space for July - December of 2020.

  • Application opens: Monday, April 27, 2020
  • Narrative review deadline: Monday, May 11, 2020 at 10:00am
  • Application closes: Monday, May 18, 2020 at 5:00pm

Grant Assistance

Grant Information Sessions

These sessions, held in our offices 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.

FY20 Creative Space Grant Cycle 2

Grant Info Session #1 (Brooklyn)

Thursday, October 31st, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Studio G // 138 South Oxford Street
Sign up »

Grant Info Session #2  (Manhattan & Online)

Tuesday, November 5th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
A.R.T./New York Conference Room // 520 8th Ave, Suite 319
Sign up »

Missed an info session? Click here to view a recording of the FY20 Cycle 1 online info session »
This link will be updated following the info session on Tuesday, November 5th. 


FY21 Creative Space Grant Cycle 1

Grant Info Session #1 (Brooklyn)

Thursday, April 30th, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Studio G // 138 South Oxford Street 
Sign up »

Grant Info Session #2  (Manhattan & Online)

Thursday, May 7th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
A.R.T./New York Conference Room // 520 8th Ave, Suite 319
Sign up »

Missed an info session? Click here to view a recording of the FY20 Cycle 1 online info session »
This link will be updated following the info session on Tuesday, May 7th. 

Narrative Statement review is also available to assist applicants. Please see our guidelines page for more information on this process.

Space Guidelines

(Click here to download the updated guidelines)

Grantees will coordinate space bookings with A.R.T./New York’s facilities staff. The following booking options and guidelines will be applicable to grantees upon receipt of their grant.

Creative Space Grant Credit are subject to the following restrictions:

  • Grant credit may be used for bookings at either South Oxford Space or [email protected]
  • Grant credit may not be used for revenue generating events such as galas, ticketed performances, workshops that charge for attendance, etc.
  • Credit cannot be transferred to other companies or individuals.
  • Grant credit cannot be retroactively applied to reservations already made with A.R.T./New York.
  • Unused credit cannot be carried over to the next grant cycle
  • Grantees may request any of the studio and meeting rooms at South Oxford Space or [email protected] While A.R.T./New York will try to accommodate all requests, rooms are subject to availability.
  • Due to the layout of the facilities, certain noise and capacity restrictions might apply. A.R.T./New York reserves the right to restrict space use, especially for rehearsals and events that involve dance, excessive noise or occupancy, or the use of musical instruments in excess of the pianos provided.
  • Reservations over $500 require a 25% non-refundable, non- transferable deposit. The deposit is required on a date determined with the booking company (between 1-5 months in advance of the booking depending on when the booking is made) before the first day of bookings. For any cancellations made after the deposit due date, A.R.T./New York will keep 25% of the cost of cancelled space.
  • Groups booking large one-off events, performances, meetings, and/or workshops may also be required to put down a non-refundable deposit that equals 25% of the booking cost. 
  • Groups with a Creative Space Grant may use their grant towards these deposits. Per the above guidelines, if a cancellation occurs after the deposit date, 25% of cost of the cancelled space will be taken out of the remaining Creative Space Grant credit. Any additional payment that was made will be credited back to the grant. 
When booking space, grantees must:
  • Clearly state that they intend to use credit from their grant award when making their reservation.
  • Indicate their intended use of the space honestly and accurately when making their reservation.
  • Confirm with facilities staff prior to booking that the desired studio can accommodate special needs, including but not limited to: loud noise, music, and sound equipment.
  • Provide advance notice to facilities staff for bookings that will involve unusually large groups, or other special circumstances.
Cancellations, no-shows, and unused credit
  • Grantees wishing to cancel a reservation must do so at least three days in advance, or the credit used for booking will be forfeit.
  • All credit unused by the end of the grant period will be forfeited.
  • Excessive late cancellations, no-shows, unused credit, and rule violations could affect eligibility for future grant cycles.
  • In the event that a company’s plans change and Creative Space Grant credit is no longer needed, Grantees can return all or part of their credit without effecting their future eligibility if they contact A.R.T./New York staff by September 30th, 2019.
  • Grantees that leave $200 or more in Creative Space Grant credit unused will be deemed ineligible for the following cycle.

For facility information visit

Current Grantees


Grant crediting guidelines and language »

Grant Reporting for FY19 Cycle Two Creative Space Grant Recipients »
This form will be updated for FY20 Cycle One recipients in late fall of 2019. 

The Creative Space Grant is made possible by generous leadership support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

FY2020 Cycle One Creative Space Grant Recipients

The following 69 companies received between $500 and $1,750 of credit for use in A.R.T./New York studios at [email protected] and the LuEsther T. Mertz South Oxford Space from July to December 2019.

Amas Musical Theatre 
American Opera Projects 
Blessed Unrest 
Bluelaces Theater Company 
Boundless Theatre Company Inc. 
Broken Box Mime Theater 
Brown Girls & Sacred Burlesque 
CO/LAB Theater Group 
Corkscrew Theatre Festival 
Divaria Productions 
Drama of Works 
Dramatic Question Theatre (DQT) 
Ensemble Studio Theatre 
EPIC Players 
Exquisite Corpse Company 
Fault Line Theatre 
Gingold Theatrical Group 
Girl Be Heard 
Honest Accomplice Theatre 
Keen Company 
Leviathan Lab 
Liberation Theatre Company
Life Jacket Theatre Company 
Little Did Productions 
Little Lord 
LubDub Theatre Company 
National Alliance for Musical Theatre 
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene 
New York City Children's Theater 
New York Deaf Theatre 
New York Neo-Futurists
North Coast NYC 

One Year Lease, Inc. 
Out of the Box Theatrics 
Page 73 Productions 
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre 
Peculiar Works Project 
Play By Play 
Poetic Theater Productions 
Rebel Playhouse 
Samieva Theater Company 
Silver Glass Productions 
Sinking Ship Productions 
SITI Company 
Spellbound Theatre 
Square One Collective 
Stable Cable Lab Co. 
Superhero Clubhouse 
The Anthropologists 
The Arctic Cycle 
The Art Garage 
The Associates Theater Ensemble 
The Farm Theater 
The Lobbyists 
The Movement Theatre Company 
The Playwrights Realm 
The Tank 
Theater Breaking Through Barriers Corp. 
Theater in Asylum 
Theatre Now New York 
THML Theatre Company 
Torn Out Theater 
viBe Theater Experience 
Voyage Theater Company, Inc. 
Woodshed Collective 
Yangtze Repertory Theatre