Ars Nova invites electric young companies to make Ars Nova their home base as they develop collaboratively created work. The Company-in-Residence receives flexible, unwavering support including office and rehearsal space, workshops and readings, dramaturgical support, retreats, professional consultation and more.

Our current Companies-In-Residence are



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:



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).