AN UPDATE ON COVID-19 AND ARS NOVA (March 23, 2020) 

It’s been just over a week since we last reached out with the news that we were pausing our activities for 30 days to keep our community, and our city at large, healthy. The world has changed so much since then. We now join a global community fighting to keep one another safe, and we stand in solidarity with our colleagues and friends in the Off-Broadway community as we all weather this storm.

Today, we announce the cancellation of all programming for the remainder of the Ars Nova season, originally set to conclude June 30. This includes all remaining performances of Oratorio for Living Things, ANT Fest 2020 and all discovery and developmental activity and programming. As in everything we do, this difficult decision is guided by our mission to serve our community of emerging artists and their audiences. In order to do that now, we must first ensure their health and well-being — as well as the health and well-being of our invaluable staff. 

With the steadfast support of our Board of Directors, we also remain committed to our core values. In light of this global crisis, it’s more important than ever to uphold our pledge to pay everyone a living wage. To that end, in addition to continuing to compensate the Ars Nova staff and fellows, everyone scheduled to work for Ars Nova through June 30 will be paid. This includes our entire community from performers to crew, from artists in development to Showgasm acts — all told over 150 creative people who make Ars Nova what it is.

While it feels counterintuitive to avoid gathering together to make sense of this through the always-forward-looking eyes of our artists, we know it is the right way to support each other in this moment. We look forward to finding new ways to continue to discover, develop and launch New York City’s most promising emerging artists over the coming months. For now, we want to thank you for standing with us. With your support, we’ll be able to continue to pay everyone who makes art, and makes art possible, at Ars Nova. 

Jason Eagan                                               Renee Blinkwolt
Founding Artistic Director                        Managing Director

P.S. Ars Nova’s physical offices remain closed, but our team continues to work remotely. So please don’t hesitate to be in touch! If you have questions or concerns, email us at, or you can also find contact information on our website.

Updated March 23, 2020.


Note for Oratorio for Living Things

Ticketbuyers have two options. You can either donate the cost of your tickets to Ars Nova as a tax-deductible contribution and join us in our efforts to continue paying artists (which we’d deeply appreciate!) or request a refund.

If you are able to donate in support of the Oratorio artists being paid, you don’t need to do a thing. If every ticket-holder converted their ticket to a donation, 47% of the show’s payroll for canceled performances would be covered. We’ll add your name to the list of incredible people supporting artists at this unprecedented time, and send you a letter acknowledging your gift for tax purposes in July.

If you are unable to make a donation at this time, we totally get it. Please click here to request a refund. We’ll process your request as soon as we’re able, though it may take 7-10 business days for the return to be processed. Please note, if we haven’t heard from you by June 30, 2020, your tickets will be converted to a donation for artist payments.

We can’t wait to see you back at Ars Nova, and look forward to the time when we can gather together again. For now, we want to thank you for standing with us. With your support, we’ll be able to continue to pay everyone who makes art, and makes art possible, at Ars Nova.