The Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program

Through our partnership with the Mellon Foundation, A.R.T./New York strengthened & supported theatres across all five boroughs through general operating grants. Awarded grants were used over a three-year period, paid out once a year upon receipt of a brief Interim Report.

On June 28th, it was announced that the Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program (NYTP) will receive a fourth and final year of funding to be distributed to the programs current grantees in July 2022, extending their grant cycle through June 30, 2023.

Please note: Applications for this program are closed. The information below is for archival and informational purposes only.



Program Goals:

  • Recognize the outsized influence of small and midsize New York theatres on the field locally and nation-wide.

  • Provide multi-year general operating support grants to small and midsize theatres, providing them with the support to build their capacity, make long-term plans knowing they have funding secured, and build their funding portfolio with an eye towards stability and growth.

  • Fund a vibrant mix of theatres working with diverse aesthetics and serving a wide range of cultural communities across New York City.

  • Support companies who are impacting the field in New York City and nationally, who 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.







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