The First Season at the A.R.T./New York Theatres

A panoramic view of the Mezzanine Theatre under construction. Photo Credit: Kendra Ramthun  

A.R.T./New York is excited to announce that in late November 2016 we will open the A.R.T./New York Theatres, two affordable, state-of-the-art performance spaces located at 502 West 53rd Street – designed by award-winning architect Toshiko Mori. The Rental Subsidy grant program and peer review process aim to provide a transparent and equitable means to share this resource among our members. 21 companies have been selected to received subsidized rentals as a part of the inaugural season:



The A.R.T./New York Theatres will be modern and highly flexible spaces, with sophisticated technical equipment included in the weekly subsidized rental rates. Unlike 80 other small performance spaces that have been closed by their landlords over the past 15 years, the A.R.T./New York Theatres are protected by City covenants and will be reserved for nonprofit theatre use under the terms of its lease. 

Nicholas Viselli, Artistic Director of Theater Breaking Through Barriers, said, “TBTB is elated to be one of the first companies selected to perform at the A.R.T./New York Theatres in 2017. Finding affordable performance space in Manhattan has always been a challenge, but finding space that is both affordable and fully accessible to both artists and audiences with disabilities is far more difficult. A.R.T./New York has managed to solve both issues by creating a modern, state-of-the-art facility. This subsidized space is invaluable because it will allow us to channel funds normally spent on rent and utilities, directly back into the company itself, allowing us to hire more artists, grow our infrastructure and develop more work.”  

It's an exciting time at A.R.T./New York as we prepare to open the A.R.T./New York Theatres and embark on new ways of serving our members. You can learn more about the facilities on our website, and in the coming weeks we'll be updating the show calendar as our Rental Subsidy grantees announce their shows.

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