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A visionary project has changed the face of nonprofit theatre in New York City and ensure affordable theatre for companies and audiences for 90 years.
The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, New York City’s leading service and advocacy organization for nonprofit theatre, welcomed Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter as host of the official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony today, January 18th. Also on hand were Daphne Rubin-Vega,Executive director Virginia P. Louloudes, Jeffrey Gural, US Congressman Jerrold Nadler, NY State Assemblywomen Linda Rosenthal, NY City Council Majority Leader James Van Bramer, NY City Council Member Corey Johnson, NY City Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finklepearl, NY City Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Dr. Feniosky Pena-Mora, NY City Community Board 4 Chair Delores Rubin and a representative from NY City Manhattan Brough President Gale Brewers Office.
Designed by award-winning architect Toshiko Mori, the new state-of-the-Art Theatres will provide affordable performance space for New York City’s smaller-budget nonprofit theatre companies.
As previously announced, the 21 companies selected for the inaugural 2017-18 season include: Amas Musical Theatre, Broken Box Mime Theater, Buran Theatre, The Civilians, Dramatic Question Theatre, Houses on the Moon Theater Company, Ma-Yi Theater Company, The Movement Theatre Company, NAATCO, New Georges, New York City Children’s Theater, New York Neo-Futurists, One Year Lease Theater Company, Pioneers Go East Collective, Pipeline Theatre Company, The Play Company, Project Y Theatre Company, Prospect Theater Company, Target Margin Theater, Theater Breaking Through Barriers and Transport Group Theatre Company.
A.R.T./New York has again partnered with the City of New York—as it has done twice before with successful programs to create low-cost shared rehearsal and office spaces in midtown Manhattan, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. With a leadership investment from the City, and additional funding from New York State, A.R.T./New York has opened two new shared, subsidized performance spaces at 53rd Street and 10th Avenue in Manhattan.
The two new performance venues have up to 87 and 149 seats respectively (depending on configuration). The theaters are modern, highly flexible performance spaces with top quality lighting, sound, and video equipment to support the diverse artistic disciplines of our member theatres. The flexible seating can be configured for each company’s artistic desires, and the floors are suitable for dance.
In addition to being LEED Silver, the theatres will also be fully accessible for audiences, artists, and technical staff alike, with attractive, Wi-Fi equipped lobbies which can also be used as special event spaces.