A.R.T./New York & The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Announce The Recipients Of The New York Theater Program (NYTP)


 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


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

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