Ars Nova

New work for the stage isn’t always created around a table. Ars Nova has a number of programs and performance series designed to provide opportunities for artists to see their work in front of an audience throughout the stages of a development process. More information is below, with links to submission details when applicable:

Get in the Door


Ars Nova’s rowdy monthly variety show is designed to showcase fresh music, comedy, theater, burlesque, vaudeville and a whole lot more. Have a five-minute act we should see? We’re always looking for new talent; please fill out this form online to apply now!

ANT Fest

Ars Nova’s annual festival of All New Talent is designed to give emerging artists an opportunity to bring a full evening of innovative new material to life in front of an NYC audience. The festival is curated through open submissions accepted each spring.  The application period for ANT Fest 2014 is now closed.  Please check back early next year for the ANT Fest 2015 application. (Curious about last year’s shows? You can see the complete lineup here.)

54/10 Music Marathon

Ars Nova’s celebration of bands on the brink is designed to showcase the off-kilter, dynamic music acts we’re known for. Check out the 2010 lineup here, the 2011 lineup here, and the 2012 lineup here. Last year, we brought you the 54/10 Concert Series as part of ANT Fest 2013. Please check back in early 2014 for submission information.

Take it to the Next Level

Project Residencies

New projects are invited into residency at Ars Nova for a focused period of work and exploration culminating in a series of workshop performances. By providing space and resources for experimentation, artistic and production support, and the opportunity to refine new pieces in front of an audience, Ars Nova enables artists to develop new work on their feet. Click here for more info on our upcoming Project Residencies!

Seriously Committed

World Premiere Productions
Fully-realized productions of projects conceived at Ars Nova and shaped through our development programs. These projects are often commissioned by Ars Nova specifically for our stage. Productions vary from unique theatrical events to traditional plays and musicals. The common thread is emerging artists creating work with an eye toward originality and innovation.
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