NYC'S PREMIER HUB FOR NEW TALENT

Ars Nova exists to discover, develop & launch singular theater, music & comedy artists who are in the early stages of their professional careers. Our dynamic slate of programs supports outside-the-box thinking and encourages innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a protective environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova amplifies the voices of a new generation of diverse artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.

OUR VENUES

Dubbed by The New York Times as a “fertile incubator of offbeat theater,” Ars Nova provides artists a testing ground for new ideas. We’re thrilled to introduce our new digital platform, Ars Nova Supra, that allows us connect with audiences from all over the world with some of New York City’s most promising emerging artists. All Ars Nova shows this season will also be available to access on Supra. 

VENUES:

WORLDWIDE 

Our new digital platform, Ars Nova Supra, is home to most of our 2020-21 season offerings! Tune in for premieres created specifically for streaming, available live and on-demand with a $15/month, cancel-anytime subscription. Commitment-phobic? Single tix are just $5-10.

511 WEST 54TH STREET, NYC

Through year-round programming, the Ars Nova Hub bustles with comedy, music and theater artists testing out new ideas in front of adventurous audiences.

27 BARROW STREET, NYC 

In 2019, we expanded into the historic, 199-seat Greenwich House Theater in Manhattan’s West Village, giving us a new home for our Off-Broadway productions, and ensuring we can support the ambitions of our artists and meet audience demand as our community continues to grow.

OUR PROGRAMS

Both audiences and artists have a home at Ars Nova, where our Discover, Develop and Launch programs foster the growth of creatives, and our adventurous weekly events welcome the next generation of theater-goers. Learn how you can join our community, below!

EXPERIENCES:

ARS NOVA EXPERIENCES

Launched in our 2020-21 season, Ars Nova Experiences features new forms of physical and off-screen happenings that keep you safe and connected to theater. Our experimental foray began November 2020 with the durational theatrical piece P.S..

DISCOVER:

ONE NIGHT STANDS

Ars Nova gets to know a wide range of artists each year by inviting them into our home and giving them free reign of our toys. See who’s caught our eye in these one-night-only performances!

SHOWGASM.

Our untamed monthly variety-show-meets-party is guest-hosted by one of our favorite comedians and features a who’s-who of the weird and wonderful — performing comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.

ANT FEST

Our annual festival of All New Talent is designed to showcase the next wave of pioneering theater, comedy, music and hybrid theater-makers who fill our stage with their most dynamic ideas.

DEVELOP:

PLAY GROUP

A vibrant group of resident playwrights, Play Group gathers biweekly to share new work and get peer feedback, concluding their residences with free-to-the-public Out Loud readings.

MAKERS LAB

Makers Lab features a dynamic group of generative theater artists, each with individually tailored residencies designed to holistically support their careers and develop their new works.

CAMP

CAMP provides an eclectic group of creators with peer support and artistic feedback as they develop a new comedic work, culminating with a premiere on Ars Nova Supra.

VISION RESIDENCY

Designed to create more equitable and power-sharing curatorial practices, Ars Nova’s new Vision Residency invites artist-curators to create, develop and present their own work and work by artists they are inspired by or wish to amplify.

COMPANY-IN-RESIDENCE

Ars Nova provides holistic support to devised companies through residencies that are flexibly and individually tailored, and can include concerts, workshops, stipends, dramaturgical support, retreats and more.

COMMISSIONING & DEVELOPMENT

We commission and develop new work with an eye for artists who work with nontraditional creative processes and projects that combine multiple disciplines.

LAUNCH:

WORLD PREMIERES 

 Each season, we produce two world premiere, Off-Broadway productions of original, innovative projects that have been radically supported through our development programs.

ARS NOVA BEYOND

Ars Nova is committed to launching our artists just as far and wide as their big ideas can take them—including Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway; the international tour of Underground Railroad Game; and the upcoming Broadway production of KPOP.

OUR TEAM

STAFF:

Chelsea Barker | Interim Audience Engagement Associate
Renee Blinkwolt | Producing Executive Director 
Immi Chaudhry | Executive Assistant
Jack Dentinger | House Manager
Jason Eagan | Founding Artistic Director
Mike Eng | House Manager
Danika Fernandez | Arts Management & Fundraising Fellow
Miranda Hanson | Institutional Giving Manager
Felix Hernandez | Operations & Facilities Assistant

Maya Ilagan | Marketing Fellow
Mac Ingram | Associate Executive Director
Sarah Ivins | Marketing Manager 
Simon Lass | Technical Director 
Jes Levine | Director of Production & Facilities 
Gale Linares | House Manager
Fernando Masterson | Marketing Director
Al Parker | House Manager
Kris Pritchard | Production Manager 
Justin Samoy | Individual Giving & Special Events Manager
Eric Shethar | Head of Artistic Programs

Emily Shooltz | Associate Artistic Director 
Kai Tu
| Management Assistant 
Kate Weber | Interim Business Manager
Casey York | Managing Officer 

Ben Arons | Company Photographer
Jason P. Baruch, Sendroff & Baruch LLP | Legal
Rich & Bander, LLP | Accounting
Steven Dalton | IT Consultant
Maura Donnelly & Parr | Insurance
John Wyszniewski, Everyman Agency | Public Relations

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Alisa Lessing, Chair
Jenny Steingart, Founding Chair, Co-Founder
Dana Kirchman, Vice Chair
Judy Bedol, Secretary 
Jason Kemper, Treasurer 

Rich Battista
Nancy Bergman
Renee Blinkwolt, Producing Executive Director
Nicole Brodeur
Greg Corradetti
Jason Eagan, Founding Artistic Director
Victor Edozien

Rick Feldman
Mei Lin Kwan-Gett
Greta Mansour
David Miner
Doug Rappaport
Stephen Siderow
Jon Steingart, Director Emeritus, Co-Founder

ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD:

César Alvarez
Rachel Chavkin
Billy Eichner
Bridget Everett
Liz Flahive
Amber Gray

Joe Iconis
Stephen Karam
Dave Malloy
Carly Mensch
Liz Meriwether
Phillipa Soo

Robin Lord Taylor
Alex Timbers

Beau Willimon
Bess Wohl

OUR RESIDENT ARTISTS

VISION RESIDENCY:

Starr Busby
nicHi douglas
JJJJerome Ellis
raja feather kelly

Jenny Koons
David Mendizábal
Rona Siddiqui

 

PLAY GROUP:

Melis Aker
Preston Max Allen
Serena Berman
Vichet Chum

Guadalís Del Carmen
Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Gracie Gardner
Dylan Guerra

 

Gethsemane Herron-Coward
Ife Olujobi
Mara Vélez Meléndez

MAKERS LAB:

Manik Choksi & Zi Alikhan
Guadalís Del Carmen, David Mendizábal, Joél Peréz & Emma Ramos
Laura Galindo

 

Nightdrive
Michelle J. Rodriquez
Jillian Walker

 

CAMP:

Jonathan Cohall
Chase Doggett, Makasha Copeland & Gabrielle Silva
Sam Kebede
Preston Martin

 

Emily Olcott
Sabrina Wang
Mahayla Laurence,
Camp Co-Program Director
Matt Gehring,
Camp Co-Program Director

COMPANY-IN-RESIDENCE:

On The Rocks Theatre Co.

NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST VAN LIER FELLOWS:

Laura Galindo
Michelle J. Rodriguez

COMMISSIONED ARTISTS:

Melis Aker
Kevin Armento & Sammy Miller
Michael Breslin & Patrick Foley
Manik Choksi

Heather Christian
nicHi douglas
Deepali Gupta
Khiyon Hursey

 

Jerome & James
Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu
Ray Yamanouchi
Zack Zadek

Ars Nova is a 501(C)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization and was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.