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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 PROGRAMS

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.

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