Ars Nova

Our Mission

Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Our unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.  

Ars Nova is a 501(C)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization.


Ars Nova was founded in 2002 to provide a welcome home for early career artists and adventurous audiences. In 2005 Ars Nova became a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization. Past productions include Eager to LoseCore Values, The Netflix Plays, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, The Urban Dictionary Plays, The Lapsburgh Layover, Be a Good Little WidowThe Wii Plays, ANT Fest, Now Circa Then, 54/10 Music Marathon, Bloodsong of Love, Missed Connections NYCSax & Dixon: We Thee WedMel & El: Show & TellTwo Girls for Five Bucks and the Ten Dollar HeartbreakersPlaylistJollyship the Whiz-BangBoomFrom Up HereDixie’s Tupperware PartyAt Least It’s Pink25 Questions for a Jewish MotherHoly Cross Sucks!Freestyle Love Supreme and The Wau Wau Sisters.

Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.


Ars Nova provides an artistic home for emerging talent by cultivating a hive of creative activity, both on stage—through developmental programs and performances—and off—through the support and cultivation of a thriving artist community. Click below for more information on our various programs.

On Stage

  • Showgasm
  • ANT Fest
  • Project Residencies
  • World Premiere Productions

Off Stage

  • Play Group
  • Out Loud
  • Artists-in-Residence
  • Uncharted
  • Summer Artist Retreat
  • Commissioning Program
  • The Writer’s Room

The Gang

Renee Blinkwolt
Managing Director
Jason Eagan
Artistic Director
Burton Frey
Operations Manager
Claire Graves
Marketing Manager
Lee Ann Gullie
Development Director
Jes Levine
Production Manager
Eric Shethar
Artistic/Management Assistant
Emily Shooltz
Associate Artistic Director
Reed Whitney
Artistic Coordinator

The Board

Jenny Steingart, President/Co-Founder
Ben Feldman
Lizzy Florence
Howard Kagan
Dana Kirchman
James Lapine
Nina Matza
Doug Rappaport
Evan Shapiro
Stephen Siderow
James Spindler
Jon Steingart
, Co-Founder
Jonathan Teller
Alex Timbers


Standard Rentals
The Ars Nova Theater and Loft are available to rent for private events and rehearsals. Click here for more info!

Ars Nova Summer Fling
Ars Nova Summer Flings provide independent productions with subsidized performance space and production support to help artists from the Ars Nova community bring their creative vision to life on our stage.

For all rental inquiries, please contact Operations Manager Burton Frey by email at (no phone inquiries please).

If you would like to submit your work to any of our artistic programs, click here for our submission guidelines.