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.
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. A low-stakes, high-fun night at the theater, where genre-bending artists take big swings. Come see who’s caught our eye!
Our untamed variety-show-meets-party is hosted by our resident comedians and features a who’s-who of New York City’s weird, wild and wonderful performing comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.
Artist-curators are invited to create, develop and present their own work as well as work by artists they are inspired by or wish to amplify. Vision Residents serve as panelists in all Ars Nova’s open application processes, scout new talent throughout the city, and join the artistic team as they build a years’ worth of programming, intentionally creating a more porous, equitable and power-sharing curatorial practice.
Every year, we world premiere at least two original, innovative new works by emerging artists Off-Broadway. These homegrown projects are radically supported from development through premieres and introduce New York City to the new forms and voices of the next generation of theater-makers.
Ars Nova is committed to launching our artists just as far and wide as their big ideas can take them. Our productions of their work have gone on to stages around the world, including the Tony-Award winning Freestyle Love Supreme Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and KPOP on Broadway; the award-winning return Off-Broadway engagement and international tour of Underground Railroad Game, and the Off-Broadway transfer and US tour of Small Mouth Sounds.
Ars Nova is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization and was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.