ANT Fest is our annual festival of All New Talent showcasing new work from New York’s most adventurous emerging artists. Every summer, Ars Nova throws open our doors to the next wave of pioneering theater, comedy, music and hybrid theater-makers who fill our stage with their most dynamic ideas.

Applications for ANT Fest 2024 are now closed – thank you to all who applied! Applicants will hear back in April 2024. If you missed this round, we hope you’ll join us at the Ant Fest in June and apply next year! 

ANT Fest 2024 is expected to run June 10 – 28, 2024. Additionally, ANT Fest shows are one-night only. Each show will receive day-of rehearsal and technical support in the theater. If you have any questions about ANT Fest or the application process they can be directed to artistic@arsnovanyc.com.

How our application process works:

Ars Nova typically receives around 250 ANT Fest submissions each year. Every application submitted to ANT Fest will be reviewed separately by three members of Ars Nova’s artist community. Applications that are moved to the second round are read by three members of our six member ANT Fest Review panel, made up of Ars Nova Artistic Staff and select Resident Artists. This same panel reviews all finalist applications and ultimately curates the festival.

All applicants to ANT Fest will hear back about the status of their application by April 2024.

Wish you'd seen this year's ANT Fest shows? You're in luck! Catch them all now on Ars Nova Supra!


Brittany K Allen, Joe Castle Baker, Chamber Band, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Cheo Bourne & Joél Pérez, Eamon Boylan, Michael Breslin & Patrick Foley, Catherine Brookman, Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Church of the Millennials, nicHi douglas, Julia Sirna Frest, Deepali Gupta, Ryan Haddad, Emily Gardner Hall, Jeremy O. Harris, Hit the Lights! Theater Company, raja feather kelly, Claire Kiechel, Seonjae Kim, Jo Lampert, No Face Performance Group, Emily Oliveira, Mo Fry Pasic & Tim Platt, Brian Quijada, Lorelei Ramirez, Michelle Rodriguez, Matt Rogers & Bowen Yang, Charly Evon Simpson, Peter Smith, Kate Tarker, Chris Tyler, Jillian Walker, Nate Weida, Whitney White, Dustin Wills, Ellen Winter and more!