FALL 2021

We are so excited to bring artists and audiences back together in Ars Nova’s physical spaces. As we return to being in community together in-person, safety is a top priority. We’ve outlined below some of the key protocols for gathering safely at Ars Nova and the commitments we are making to our audiences and artists, and that we are asking audiences to make to each other. We will continue to follow the latest updates, and these policies are subject to change as we learn more. We will keep this page updated, and alert ticket holders of active policies for the shows they are attending. Contact us at with any specific questions or concerns.

Ars Nova will require proof of full vaccination for all artists, staff and audience members for all performances and events through the end of 2021. Full vaccination means that the performance date you are attending is at least 14 days after your second dose of an FDA or WHO authorized two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after your single-dose of an FDA or WHO authorized single dose COVID-19 vaccine. Accepted documents for full vaccination include a CDC vaccine card, a photo of your CDC vaccine card, New York City’s Key to NYC Pass or New York State’s Excelsior Pass. In addition to proof of vaccination, a government-issued ID (i.e. driver’s license, passport) must be presented upon entry. Proof of vaccination and ID will be checked outside the building before entering the venue. “

Masks and/or CDC-recommended face coverings will be required for audiences and staff inside the theater at all times except while actively eating or drinking, and must be worn over the mouth and nose. Masks will be provided to any audience member who needs one.

Seating will not be socially distanced in the theater. All shows at The Ars Nova Hub are general admission, so you’ll be able to decide where in the theater you sit.

The HVAC system at the Ars Nova Hub is equipped with hospital-grade MERV-13 filters, and HEPA-filter air purifiers are used throughout high-traffic areas of the building. Our public spaces are deep cleaned each morning, and high-touch areas of the lobby, bathrooms and theater will be disinfected before and after each performance.

New York City is requiring vaccinations for many public spaces, including theaters like Ars Nova. And, we know that vaccination requirements are a key tool in ensuring the safety of our artists, staff and audiences as we reopen our stages which is of paramount importance to us. However, we also recognize that vaccination requirements create an additional barrier to entry to the theater, including to marginalized communities that may have a warranted mistrust in our medical and government institutions that have exploited them in the past. Creating spaces that are accessible and inclusive is a necessary and vital component of our work, which is one core reason we will continue to prioritize digital access to performances at Ars Nova through Ars Nova Supra.

Ars Nova will be broadcasting all fall programming on our digital platform: Ars Nova Supra. If you cannot attend the show at 54th Street, we hope you will join us for a live theatrical experience online.

Stay home if you aren’t feeling well! If you cannot attend the show, email with your full name and the performance date and time in the subject line and we’ll be happy to help you find another performance to attend. Our events will also be available on Ars Nova Supra, our digital platform. We’re happy to convert your in-person ticket to a Supra ticket so that you can experience the show on-demand from home. If you are unable to reschedule or watch from home, we can refund your ticket.

Walk-up tickets will be available to purchase day-of in the Ars Nova lobby starting 30 minutes before the listed show time, if capacity allows. However, capacity is limited so we strongly recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time.

Our in-house spot for libations and snacks, Bars Nova, is now open! We have a modified menu of single-serve beers, wines, soft drinks and snacks.

If you’re looking for a drink or bite pre- or post-show at the Ars Nova Hub, a few of our favorite neighborhood spots include Ardesia, The Waylon or Valhalla for drinks and snacks; Sacco Pizza for a quick slice; or Empanada Mama or Three Roosters for a delicious meal. Please note that for the time being, we are also not able to allow the consumption of outside food or drinks in the theater.


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