NYC’S PREMIER HUB FOR NEW TALENT
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 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. Read up on our various programs below!
Ars Nova is a 501(C)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization and was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.
An annual festival of All New Talent designed to showcase new, hybrid theater work from NYC's most adventurous emerging artists.
WHAT'S NEXT:Applications for the 11th Annual ANT Fest are now closed
Our raucous variety show-meets-party with performances ranging from hilarious to titillating to utterly inappropriate!
WHAT'S NEXT:Ziwe Fumudoh hosts Showgasm on April 12
Ars Nova gets to know a wide range of artists each year by inviting them into our home, giving them free reign of our state-of-the-art toys and inviting you to see what happens in these one-night-only performances. See who's caught our eye.
WHAT'S NEXT:It's Christi, B*tch! is back on April 14, 2018
A vibrant and eclectic group of resident playwrights who gather biweekly to share new work and get peer feedback.
WHAT'S NEXT:Join us for Play Group Resident Amina Henry's Out Loud Reading on March 30 @ 3PM
A dynamic group of generative theater artists, each with individually tailored residencies designed to holistically support their careers and develop their new works.
Promising emerging artists and devised companies that receive holistic support. Residencies are flexibly, individually tailored and can include concerts, workshops, stipends, dramaturgical support, retreats and more.
WHAT'S NEXT:Hit The Lights! Theater Co.'s ISLA on April 13, 2018
A program focused on the creation and development of original pieces with an eye toward hybrid originality and innovation.
WHAT'S NEXT:Click to meet our 2018 Commissioned Artists!
World premiere Off-Broadway productions of original, innovative projects that are radically supported through our development programs.
WHAT'S NEXT:THE LUCKY ONES
Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener in 2003 to provide a welcome home for young artists and audiences alike. In 2005 Ars Nova became a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization. In addition to Ars Nova’s vast array of development programs for emerging artists, we’re also committed to commissioning new work and producing world premieres.
Since our founding, we’ve launched the careers of luminaries like Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tony winning playwright/composer of Hamilton & In The Heights), Liz Meriwether (Emmy nominated creator of television’s New Girl), Beau Willimon (Emmy winning creator of Netflix’s House of Cards), Amy Herzog (OBIE Award winning playwright of 4000 Miles), Dave Malloy (Richard Rogers Award for Musical Theatre winner for Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), Annie Baker (Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of The Flick & Circle Mirror Transformation) and many more!
PAST PRODUCING CREDITS INCLUDE:
Ars Nova has been honored with an OBIE Award and a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle for sustained quality and commitment to the development and production of new work. Notable past productions include: “Best New American Theatre Work” OBIE Award-winner & New York Times’ “Best of 2016” Underground Railroad Game by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special (now on international tour); Outstanding Musical Lortel Award-winner Futurity, by César Alvarez with The Lisps; the New York Times’ and New York Post’s “Best of 2015” Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl (now touring the US after a return engagement Off Broadway); Time Out New York’s “Best of 2014,” JACUZZI by The Debate Society; the Tony award-winning smash-hit Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy (now on Broadway); Jollyship the Whiz-Bang by Nick Jones and Raja Azar; the world premiere of the 2009 season’s most-produced play boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and directed by Alex Timbers; audience favorite Dixie’s Tupperware Party by Kris Andersson; the show that put Bridget Everett on the map, At Least It’s Pink, by Everett and Kenny Mellman; and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s and Thomas Kail’s first New York production, Freestyle Love Supreme, by Anthony Veneziale and Miranda.
Founding Artistic Director
Associate Production Manager
Assistant General Manager
Manager of Artistic Programs
Associate Artistic Director
Emerging Leaders Group Alejandro Rafael Cervantes, Connor Driscoll, Gretchen Priddy & Sasha Ruiz
Special Projects Intern Grace Chan
High School Mentee Katie Dickey
General Management Intern Christina Simpson
Production Intern Renee Yeong
Company Photographer Ben Arons
Company Videographer Crystal Arnette
Legal Jason P. Baruch, Sendroff & Baruch LLP
Accounting Gary Eisenkraft, CPA
Insurance Maury Donnelly & Parr
Graphic Design Naomi Usher, Studio Usher
Public Relations John Wyszniewski, Everyman Agency
Jenny Steingart, President, Co-Founder
Renee Blinkwolt, Managing Director
Jason Eagan, Founding Artistic Director
Jon Steingart, Director Emeritus, Co-Founder
Alumni Advisory Board
Robin Lord Taylor
KATE ATTWELL is a playwright & theater maker. She is a member of Page 73’s I73 writers’ group and was a finalist for the 2016 Page 73 playwriting fellowship. She is a Mabou Mines Resident Artist and a member of the Public Theater’s devised theater working group. Kate co-founded and creates work with the interdisciplinary performance group, I AM A BOYS CHOIR. Recently her work has been seen at: REDCAT (LA), Under the Radar (The Public Theater), JACK, La MaMa, Dixon Place, BRIC, BAM (Everybooty), The Bushwick Starr (reading series), The Prelude Festival (CUNY), The Segal Center (Festival of Performance & Film) and The Wassaic Project. BA The University of Bristol, UK. MFA Yale.
DUSTIN CHINN is a Seattle native whose plays include Colonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious, I Am Nakamura, Snowflakes or Rare White People, the EST/Sloan commission Herschel: Portrait of a Killer and Let’s Ninja Science Ranger Team Get!. His work has been developed with the Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep Summer Residency Lab, A.C.T.’s New Strands Festival, the University of Washington via a Mellon Creative Fellowship, UMASS Amherst, Ensemble Studio Theatre, SPACE on Ryder Farm and Vampire Cowboys. He’s also written for the 52ndStreet Project. He is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. dustinchinn.com.
MARY ELIZABETH HAMILTON is the 2015-17 Jerome New York Fellow at The Lark. Her plays include We Three, The Plan, One of the Women and The Quiet Ones. She was a 2005-2009 recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship and has participated in Youngblood, I-73, New Georges’ The Jam, and Play Penn Theater Conference. Mary holds her MFA in Playwriting from The University of Iowa and was a Lila Acheson Wallace fellow at The Juilliard School from 2014-2016. She is working on a commission from Studio Theater in DC and is a member of Ars Nova Playgroup.
Mary Elizabeth Hamilton
AMINA HENRY is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Productions include: The Animals at JACK, Happily Ever at Brooklyn College, An American Family Takes a Lover at Theater for the New City, Water produced by Drama of Works and The Minstrel Show, produced as part of the 2013 Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival at 13th Street Theater/CSC (NYC). Her work has been developed by/presented at: The New Group, The Flea, Clubbed Thumb, National Black Theater, Barefoot Theater, Little Theater at Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR) and Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX), among others. She has been a participant in Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group as well as a member of Page 73’s Interstate 73 writers group. For somewhat up-to-date information, go to aminahenry.wordpress.com.
JULIA MAY JONAS recently developed MICHIGAN MURDERS with Meghan Finn and composer Brian Cavanagh-Strong as part of the New Works Initiative at Montclair State University. Other recent work includes Emily Climbs (Machine Méchant), Raise Your Voice in Medieval Counterpoint, Evelyn, For Artists Only and Your Own Personal Exegesis. Currently in development: All Long True American Stories (a 5-play cycle reimagining contemporary classic American-male-experience plays for other people (mostly women)). Her work has been presented/developed at venues including The Bushwick Starr, Prelude Festival, Incubator Arts Center, The International Revolutions Festival in New Mexico, The Brick, Dixon Place, PS122 (with TerraNova), HERE Arts Center, Chashama and the International Theater Society of Vietnam. Founder and Artistic Director of Nellie Tinder, she has been granted support by The Mental Insight Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation. 2016 Audrey Resident, 2016/17 member of The Jam, New Georges Affiliated Artist. MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, she teaches playwriting at Skidmore College.
Julia May Jonas
ANCHULI FELICIA KING is a multidisciplinary artist of Thai-Australian descent who works primarily in live theater. Her areas of interest include emerging technologies, 2D animation, VFX and projection design, music production and writing for performance. As a playwright, Felicia is interested in linguistic hybrids, digital cultures and issues of global urgency. She is a member of EST’s Youngblood Group and Roundabout’s Space Jam Program. Currently based in New York, Felicia has worked with a wide range of companies, including Punchdrunk, The Builders Association, PlayCo, 3LD Arts & Technology Center, Roundabout Theater, 59E59, Ars Nova, the Obie Awards, Ensemble Studio Theater and Red Bull Theater. She continues to work globally, with companies such as Playwriting Australia (Sydney), Melbourne Theatre Company (Melbourne), Yellow Earth Theatre (London), House of North (Berlin) and SHIFT Festival (Shanghai). In 2017, Felicia is working as the Associate Artistic Director at 3LD Arts & Technology Center. anchulifeliciaking.com.
Anchuli Felicia King
RYAN KING grew up in Austin, TX, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His plays include Sometimes It’s Dirt, Sometimes It’s Bones; Burying Augustus, Gigantic F***ing Worms, Loveshack in ’87, Later Hour and Always On. He’s a current member of the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. He’s a former member of the Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group and 2016 Working Farm @ SPACE on Ryder Farm. His plays have been developed by Cape Cod Theatre Project (twice), Naked Angels, Rattlestick Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Colt Coeur, Primary Stages, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Theater of NOTE, Tofte Lake Emerging Artists Program and Ground Up Productions. His short play Antares Returning was recently nominated for Best Short Script by the Innovative Theatre Awards. As an actor, he’s appeared regionally, Off-Broadway and on television. Education: Yale School of Drama and the University of Texas at Austin.
NOAH MEASE is a writer and designer. His plays include Omega Kids (NLTP / Access Theater, directed by Jay Stull) and Republic (JACK, Manbites Dog Theatre, adapted from Plato, conceived & directed by Alec Duffy). He’s developed work with the Fresh Ground Pepper Playground Play Group and BRB Retreat, Loading Dock Theatre, Teatro IATI, Duke University, Dixon Place, The Tugboat Collective and The Brick. He also designs props for new plays — including Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino, A.R.T., Broadway; Tony Awards for Best Set & Lighting), Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova, Signature Center, National Tour), An Octoroon (Soho Rep., TFANA), After the Blast (LCT3), Streepshow! (The Tank) and multiple projects with The Debate Society, including Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), The Light Years (Playwrights Horizons) and Blood Play (The Bushwick Starr). He received an Obie Award in 2016 for his work on Annie Baker’s John (Signature). Originally from Vermont, Noah now lives in the South Bronx.
JACOB PERKINS is a writer + performer from South Carolina. His plays include a triptych of texts titled Home Church Play (comprised of Home Church Play, Where Have You Gone and Dad), Restaurant in D Major and The Third Rail. He’s produced and developed his work through the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Page 73 @ Yale, Soho Rep., Two Headed Rep, Studio Tisch @ NYU, Gibney Dance Center and the NEWvember Festival, among others. He won the inaugural DVRF/O’Henry Productions Emerging Playwright Award and was a finalist for the 2015 O’Neill NPC. Alum: Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Project Y Playwrights Group. As an actor, he most recently appeared in Dan Giles’ Breeders (dir. Jaki Bradley) at the Access Theater and Geo Decas O’Donnell’s From Skull to Ghost (dir. Jay Stull) at LMCC. jacobdperkins.com.
MADHURI SHEKAR won the 2013/14 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award at the Alliance Theatre for her play In Love and Warcraft, where it went on to receive its world premiere production. Her play A Nice Indian Boy won second place in the East West Players’ 2012 Face of the Future Playwriting Contest, where it received its world premiere before being produced in Chicago by Rasaka Theatre Company in residence at Victory Gardens. Her most recently produced play Queen began its journey in the Center Theatre Group Writers’ Workshop, and received its world premiere in 2017 at Victory Gardens. She is currently developing House of Joy, which had a reading at Atlantic Theater and a workshop at Juilliard. She has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC, a dual Master’s degree in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and USC and currently attends the playwriting program at Juilliard.
KORDE ARRINGTON TUTTLE is a multi-disciplinary artist from Charlotte, NC. His work has been developed and seen at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, the OBIE Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival, The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals, the Obie Award-winning Harlem 9’s 48 Hours… in Harlem at The National Black Theatre, HomeBase Theatre Collective, The Movement Theater Company, The New School’s 2015 AfroFuturism Conference and The Tenth Magazine, in collaboration with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Korde is a recipient of the Steinberg Playwriting Fellowship, and was selected as a finalist for both the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Contest and City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. In 2016, his play, clarity, won the 41st Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and was published in their successive anthology. Korde is a current playwright-in-residence at Lincoln Center Theater, and is a Middle Voice Theatre Company member at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater. He received his MFA in Playwriting at The New School.
Korde Arrington Tuttle
RAY YAMANOUCHI was born in Queens, raised on Long Island, and received a BA in film and theater from Hunter College in Manhattan. His plays include Mercy Killing Kids, It’s Our Kitchen (Semi-finalist, Iati Theater Cimientos 2017), Tha Chink-Mart (Semi-finalist, Princess Grace Award 2016), Impact (Semi-finalist, National Playwrights Conference 2017) and The American Tradition (Finalist, New Light New Voices Award 2017). He has developed work with WT Theatre, Mission to (dit)Mars, The Blank, Rising Circle and Ars Nova. You can find him at the local bar on Monday nights, or on the internet @NotoriousYAMs.
SHAYOK MISHA CHOWDHURY and KAMERON NEAL are a Brooklyn-based team bringing theater and visual art into intimate dialogue. They create through 3D writing, a muscular process rooted in the tactility of materials and the expressive contours of the body.
MISHA is a queer Bengali writer/director and co-founder of The Lonely Painter Project. His work has been seen and/or developed at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, New York Theatre Workshop, SPACE on Ryder Farm, HERE Arts Center, the New York Musical Festival, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and Asian American Writer’s Workshop. A Fulbright and Kundiman Fellow, Misha’s poetry has been published in The Cincinnati Review, TriQuarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Asian American Literary Review and elsewhere. He is currently a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow and the Levitt Artist-in-Residence at Williams College. MFA: Columbia. shayokmishachowdhury.com
KAMERON is a multidisciplinary video artist and designer. His self-portrait Liquid Love was awarded Best of Show at Digital Graffiti (FL), where he will be an Artist-in-Residence in 2018. His work has also been seen at Outlet (NY), Bau Haus (NY), The Cube Art Project (NE) and Yale’s Center for Contemporary Arts and Media. With Misha, Kameron has presented work at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and New York Theatre Workshop. He has designed artwork for The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub, Under the Radar and Shakespeare in the Park, under the creative direction of Paula Scher. kameronneal.com
Shayok Misha Chowdhury
& Kameron Neal
CHURCH OF THE MILLENNIALS is a Brooklyn-based theater company comprised of theatrical workers dedicated to the cultivation and conservation of artistic service. Church develops devised material that is carefully curated into bizarre and abstract pastiches. They create original work that incorporates plays, dances, lectures, videos, puppet-shows, happenings and memes. Upcoming: the AMERIKA! series at IRT as part of the 3B Residency Program (April 3 – 16, 2018). AMERIKA! Episode 2 premiered at Ars Nova in ANT Fest and AMERIKA! Episode 1 premiered in Upstart Festival at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. As a company, they have presented original work at The Wild Project, Porterspace, Woods Cooperative, Dixon Place, and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Church has collaborated with Erwin Wurm on One Minute Sculptures (Lehmann Maupin Gallery) and with Marcel Zaes on Landscape 1 – 3 (Residency 108). Its members were Creative Production Associates on Geoff Sobelle’s physical theater piece HOME (Brooklyn Academy of Music, Next Wave Festival). Founded at Bard College, Church is operated by ABBY ADLER, ANTONIO IRIZARRY, DANA SAVAGE, KEDIAN KEOHAN and REEVES MORRIS-STAN. churchofthemillennials.org.
Church of the Millennials
NICHI DOUGLAS is a Brooklyn-based actor, dancer, choreographer, director, playwright and activist. She has performed all over New York and the country as an actor/dancer in a freelance capacity, in addition to performing nationally with The Dance Cartel and literacy-focused children’s theater company The Story Pirates. She currently teaches Movement/Choreography and Performance Practicum in the NYU: Tisch Drama Department – Playwright’s Horizon Theatre School studio. She is currently in residence in Fresh Ground Pepper’s inaugural In-House Artists program. nicHi’s artistic interests lie at the intersection of art and activism, with particular interest in the voice and perspective of the Black American woman. Recent stage credits: PharmaBro: An American Douchical (The Players Theatre, Choreographer), Runaways (NY City Center, Associate Choreographer), The Dance Cartel: ONTHEFLOOR (A.R.T./Oberon, Principal Dancer), NOW EVERYONE GO AROUND THE TABLE AND SAY WHAT THEY’RE THANKFUL FOR (NYU/Experimental Theater Wing, Director), Decolonizing My Vagina (Exponential Festival at JACK, Choreographer) and Black Girl Magic Show! (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and JACK, Director/Choreographer/Playwright). Upcoming stage credits: a reading of tselem (The Cherry Lane Theatre, Actor). B.F.A. NYU/ETW; M.F.A. The New School.
WHITNEY WHITE is a director, musician and actor based in Brooklyn, New York. Her original musical Lover I’ll Bring You Back to Life was part of Ars Nova’s 2016 ANT Fest, and her adaption of Macbeth, Macbeth in Stride, has been workshopped at Chautauqua (2016), Trinity Rep (2017), and Judson Memorial (2017). This year Whitney developed work at: The Roundabout, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, 59E59, Trinity Rep, Chautauqua, Luna Stage, SUNY Purchase, Princeton, Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, The Drama League, South Oxford, JACK, The Tank, New York Musical Festival, The Lark and more. She also has assisted Sam Gold (Othello, New York Theatre Workshop and The Secret Life of Bees, New York Stage and Film), Dan Sullivan (If I Forget, Roundabout) and Anne Kaufman (Marvin’s Room, Broadway). Whitney was the inaugural Roundabout Directing Fellow, and is currently a 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. This January she will direct a production of OTHELLO at Trinity Rep. MFA Acting: Brown University/Trinity Rep, BA: Northwestern University. whitney-white.com
WINLITT – ELLEN WINTER and CHRIS LITTLER are a writing/composing duo based in Brooklyn. With degrees from Sarah Lawrence and NYU respectively, they fuse their backgrounds in playwriting and screenwriting with indie musical stylings. For the last four years, they’ve written and performed as the frontmen of Chamber Band, a five-piece nerd-rock group with three concept albums and national tours under their belts. Their knack for storytelling and fascination with pushing medium and genre led them to composing their first musical, 36 Questions, a musical podcast starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton. Ellen lives in South Brooklyn with her partner and 34 plants. Chris lives in Bushwick with his fiancée and their dog.
Ellen Winter & Chris Littler
HIT THE LIGHTS! THEATER CO. is an award-winning company created out of an artistic agreement to tell simple stories through unconventional ways. Using found materials, cardboard and various sources of light, HTL! specializes in the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary. HTL! also focuses on the interplay between darkness and light, utilizing shadow puppetry as the lifeblood of their storytelling. The company is comprised of six experienced multidisciplinary artists: puppeteers, actors, musicians, artisans and everything in between. The work is of a heightened style, hyper-theatrical in nature, with performers multitasking onstage in real time to create the technical, musical and narrative components of a story simultaneously. Believing that motion, color, sound and atmosphere are more evocative and experiential than spoken text, a heavy emphasis is placed on dialogue-less, action-oriented storytelling. We follow the motto ‘Less Talk, More Rock.’ Original works include DUNGEON (Audience Pick of the Fringe at the Cincinnati Fringe and Editors Pick at the Minnesota Fringe), WHALES (nominated for three Innovative Theater Awards including Outstanding Innovative Design, Outstanding Original Music and Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play) and a world premiere immersive theater experience THE OTHER RHINE (Know Theatre of Cincinnati). HTL!’s Off-Broadway credits include their original performance of HORSETALE at Ars Nova’s 2017 ANT Fest, La MaMa ETC Puppet Slam and most recently DUNGEON at Ars Nova as a One Night Stand. More info at: hitthelights.org.
Hit The Lights! Theater Co.
THE MAD ONES are a New York City-based company dedicated to creating visceral, ensemble-driven, highly detailed theatrical experiences that examine and illuminate American nostalgia. Since 2009, we’ve created four full-length plays (and a host of short plays), which have received significant accolades and critical praise, including multiple New York Times Critics’ Picks, Five Star Time Out New York reviews, a Drama Desk nomination and multiple New York Innovative Theatre Awards. The Mad Ones are Co-Artistic Directors Marc Bovino (performer/writer), Joe Curnutte (performer/writer), Lila Neugebauer (director/writer), Stephanie Wright Thompson (performer/writer); Associate Director Michael Dalto (performer/writer/music director); Company Members Ásta Bennie Hostetter (costume designer), Mike Inwood (lighting designer), Laura Jellinek (set designer), Sarah Lunnie (dramaturg) and Stowe Nelson (sound designer). themadones.org
The Mad Ones