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Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainings for Theatre Professionals
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 12:00 AM

        

A.R.T./New York Announces Launch of Their Comprehensive Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

New York, New York  - The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) has announced a new comprehensive, theatre-specific sexual harassment prevention training that meets New York City & State requirements for individual employees, freelance artists, and contractors. This inclusive and distinct curriculum addresses the unique conditions of working in theatre and facilitates a shift in the environmental status quo around sexual harassment by going beyond the minimum requirements for legal compliance.


A.R.T/New York is the leading service and advocacy organization for New York City's not-for-profit theatre community. For over 40 years, A.R.T/New York has served 410+ member theatres in managing their companies, which has equipped the organization with a deep understanding of the distinct realities and challenges of working in theatre. Many theatre practitioners create work outside of institutional structures, which presents unique artistic opportunities as well as distinct circumstances; for example, on stage intimacy and the potential for sexually suggestive content makes the entertainment industry unique, and unlike a corporate work environment.

After hearing comments and concerns from the theatre community and observing key social moments such as the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, A.R.T./New York developed this training with a sense of urgency and responsibility to provide solutions for the field.

I am proud that we have become advocates in training so people can have enough information and be empowered to shift the culture around workplace sexual harassment. For A.R.T./New York, this is really a sweet spot, because we are able to help theatres of all sizes in all five boroughs,” said Ginny Louloudes, A.R.T./New York's Executive Director. “I hope that all of our members take advantage of this training.” 

A.R.T./New York developed its sexual harassment prevention training to shift the conversations beyond liability and risk and uplift values such as affirmative consent, accountability, and body autonomy. This process was a collaboration between A.R.T./New York staff and community members; a series of mock trainings and feedback sessions allowed for the direct involvement of community members with the development of the curriculum. The training was also created in conjunction with lawyers, administrators, artists, facilitators, social justice activists, arts advocates, queer people, disabled people, people of color, women of color, trans/gender non-conforming/nonbinary people, and many others. Intersectionality—both in identity, and in roles and responsibilities—was instrumental in understanding the complexity of this work. As more individuals participate in the training, the curriculum will continue to evolve and reflect the changing nature of the field.

“Oftentimes, instances of sexual harassment occur at the intersection of other forms of microaggression or discrimination. We are aware of that and wanted to center diverse and often marginalized voices when building out this curriculum,” said David Shane, A.R.T./New York’s Membership Manager. 

While the training is designed to meet government requirements, it also approaches sexual harassment prevention as a communal responsibility. People often hold multiple roles in the theatre ecosystem outside of any one organization, and this training encourages participants to cultivate a personal commitment to creating safer work environments in addition to being in compliance with newly updated labor laws.

“People find the burden of working on this education so onerous that they will fall back on the free resources available; while those resources get the ball rolling in the right direction, they do not meet the specific needs of theatre-makers,” said Hope Chavez, A.R.T./New York's Programs Manager. “A.R.T/New York’s creation of this training equips the theatre community with necessary language to address their needs. It also models ways of working across power levels, so that as an industry we can begin to take a look at the lesser grievances and actively create an environment that is toxic to the existence of sexual harassment.” 

This new training is only one piece of a larger, ongoing conversation around sexual harassment prevention. By providing the tools, skills, and language needed to participate in this dialogue, A.R.T./New York hopes to assist its member companies and the wider theatrical field in implementing sexual harassment prevention practices that invite them to create safer workplaces and better art.  

For more information regarding Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainings
administered by A.R.T./New York, click here

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About The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the wellbeing of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. The Foundation makes grants in four core program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities; Arts and Cultural Heritage; Scholarly Communications; and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects. 

About A.R.T./New York

Founded in 1972, The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York is the leading service and advocacy organization for New York City's not-for-profit theatre community, serving 410+ member theatres in managing their theatre companies for over 40 years across the city. By providing progressive services to our members—from shared office, rehearsal and performance spaces to the nation's only revolving loan fund for theatrical real estate and technical assistance programs for emerging theatres—A.R.T./New York is recognized as an expert in the field. 

Press Contact: 

Nathalie Thomas, Media and Outreach Coordinator 
The Alliance of Resident Theatres New York
520 Eight Ave, Suite 319, New York, NY 10018
[email protected] 
212-244-6667 x230

 
 
A.R.T./New York & The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Announce The Recipients Of The New York Theater Program (NYTP)
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 12:00 AM

        

 

New York, New York – July 23rd – The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announce the recipients of the New York Theater Program (NYTP) for the July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022 funding cycle. A total of $4,001,000 in general operating support will be distributed over three years to 36 New York-based theatrical organizations. This funding comes at a crucial time, providing multi-year, unrestricted funding for organizational sustainability, capacity building, and growth for small and mid-size organizations with budgets of $50,000 to $3,000,000 annually.

Established in 1997 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New York Theater Program works to strengthen and support the development and presentation of work by small and mid-sized theater producers, development labs, and ensembles through impactful general operating grants. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $29 million in funding. “Small and midsized New York City-based theater organizations’ are vitally important as a source for the creation and dissemination of new repertory for theaters throughout the United States. The Mellon Foundation has been committed to this sector through the New York Theater Program for more than 20 years and we are grateful to ART/NY for their partnership in assembling so diverse and stellar a group of grantees from a highly competitive applicant pool,” said Susan Feder, program officer at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Arts and Cultural Heritage program.

As a prestigious and indispensable source of general operating funding for the nonprofit theatre community in New York City, the New York Theater Program is the most extensive and competitive grant program offered by A.R.T./New York to date. “For many of these companies, this is their first time receiving support from a national foundation. It's a massive endorsement of their work, and it speaks to the tenet that you can be strategically small and still have an impact on the field. The New York Theatre Program reinforces what A.R.T./New York has been about since its inception,” said Ginny Louloudes, Executive Director of A.R.T./New York. 

A.R.T./New York’s administration of the New York Theater Program aims to support companies who are impacting the field both locally and nationally, that work with intentionality and integrity in the creation of their work, and who are making work that is relevant to the theatrical field and cultural conversation more broadly. “From the beginning of our work on the New York Theater Program, we were interested in how to create a program that was accessible, transparent, and intentional, that could provide companies with deep support in the application process, and that included many different perspectives in the decision making process to fund a vibrant mix of theatres across New York City” said Corinne Woods, A.R.T./New York's Director of Programs. 

The thirty-six theatre companies funded this cycle were chosen by a panel of theatre professionals, following an auditing period where seventeen auditors (consisting of theatre-makers, administrators, and artists) attended and reviewed the work of over one-hundred and fifty companies. The grantees represent a blend of respected institutions and an emerging new generation of theaters, with work varying from devised ensembles to theatres for young audiences, from organizations dedicated to cultivating new theatrical works, to companies fostering community though theatre, thus making them crucial contributors to the vigorous, dynamic, relevant, diverse, and accessible performing arts sector in New York.

Sixteen organizations are receiving this grant for the first time. Below is the full list of recipients:

 
American Indian Artist, Inc. (AMERINDA) Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Ars Nova Repertorio Español
Big Dance Theater SITI Company
Bluelaces Theater Company Soho Rep
Classical Theatre of Harlem The Billie Holiday Theatre
Clubbed Thumb The Chocolate Factory Theater
EPIC Players The Lark
HERE The Movement Theatre Company
JACK The National Black Theatre
Ma-Yi Theater Company The Play Company
Musical Theatre Factory The Playwrights Realm
National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO) The Tank
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene The TEAM
New Dramatists Theater Breaking Through Barriers
New Georges Trusty Sidekick Theater Company
Noor Theatre Urban Bush Women
Ping Chong + Company Working Theater
Pregones/PRTT WP Theater

 

For more information on this cycle of the New York Theater Program,
please visit: https://www.art-newyork.org/nytp

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About The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the wellbeing of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. The Foundation makes grants in four core program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities; Arts and Cultural Heritage; Scholarly Communications; and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects. 

About A.R.T./New York

Founded in 1972, The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York is the leading service and advocacy organization for New York City's not-for-profit theatre community, serving 410+ member theatres in managing their theatre companies for over 40 years across the city. By providing progressive services to our members—from shared office, rehearsal and performance spaces to the nation's only revolving loan fund for theatrical real estate and technical assistance programs for emerging theatres—A.R.T./New York is recognized as an expert in the field. 

Press Contact: 

Nathalie Thomas, Media and Outreach Coordinator 
The Alliance of Resident Theatres New York
520 Eight Ave, Suite 319, New York, NY 10018
[email protected] 
212-244-6667 x230

 
 
2020 Cycle 1 Creative Space Grant Recipients
Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:00 AM

A photo of a woman wearing a mermaid costume behind a blue bead curtain


A still from END OF MERMAIDS by Corkscrew Theater Festival, a CSG FY19 Cycle 1 Recipient.
 Photo by Alex Bailey.

A.R.T./New York is proud to announce the 2020 Cycle 1 recipients of the Creative Space Grant

The following 69 companies received between $500 and $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 between July and December of 2019.

 
Amas Musical Theatre 
American Opera Projects 
AMiOS 
ArtsConnection 
Blessed Unrest 
Bluelaces Theater Company 
Boundless Theatre Company Inc. 
Broken Box Mime Theater 
Brown Girls & Sacred Burlesque 
CO/LAB Theater Group 
CONCH SHELL PRODUCTIONS 
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
 
 
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