The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program

A.R.T./New York is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as we take on the administration of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program (NYTP). This prestigious grant program has long been a crucial source of general operating funding for the nonprofit theatre community in New York City, and it will be the largest and most competitive grant program offered by A.R.T./New York to date. Through this partnership, A.R.T./New York and Mellon aim to strengthen and support theatres across all five boroughs through meaningful general operating grants, which will benefit as many as 40-50 theatre companies. Awarded grants will be for use over a three-year period, paid out once a year upon receipt of a brief Interim Report.

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.

2019 New York Theater Program Recipients

A.R.T./New York, in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is proud to 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 thirty-six 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.

American Indian Artists, 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


Crediting Requirements

In any acknowledgment of this grant, such as on your website or in program copy, please list: Operating support for [Theater Name] is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program in partnership with the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York.

2019 Panelists

Becky Bodurtha
John Del Gaudio
Leah Harris
David C. Howse
Matthew Paul Olmos

2019 Auditors

AC Dumlao
Amanda Feldman
Jack Tamburri
Ariana Truman
Jaclyn Backhaus
Natalie Hirsch
Lindsay Hockaday
Emily Stevens
Brittany Crowell
Dorothy Ryan
Andrew Rincón
Kristin Marting
Shirley Taylor
Todd London
Jody Falco
Naveen Choudhury


Applications for the New York Theater Program closed on Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 5:00pm.

The application information below is archived from the 2019 application process.






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