Ars Nova’s beloved holiday tradition returns live and in-person this December! Everyone’s favorite yuletide gay brings his renowned Lonely Christmas special back to the stage in a one-night-only benefit performance to support Ars Nova. Featuring surprise guests, stories, and songs, this year’s event is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
The cast of Rags Parkland Sings The Songs Of The Future is reuniting for a concert to celebrate the March 2020 release of their original cast recording, released by Broadway Records! The night will feature the whole band, back together for the first time since they recorded the album. Expect songs from the Lortel Award-winning show, other music from the Rags Parkland universe (including cut songs!) and a very exciting announcement! We almost had this concert last year, so we are excited to finally celebrate the past, present, and future of Rags Parkland with you all!
The artists from Ars Nova’s comedy residency takeover our untamed monthly variety show-meets party. Mahayla Laurence and Matt Gehring host this special Showgasm introducing us to the who’s-who comedy creators of CAMP.
The Ramayan is one of India’s most treasured ancient stories. This epic tale of good and evil has been loved and shared for thousands of years, though it has remained largely untold in the West. Shared over the course of three concept albums, all played through live, this re-imagining re-conceives this ancient tale for our modern world, and invites its characters into the temple of American myths.
In celebration of the imminent release of her EP In Front Of Your TV, Laura Galindo and her bandmates come together to play in a venue familiar to them: Ars Nova. They last performed here together in the one-woman-and-her-band musical, Annie Aspen’s Musical Space Spectacular! While then she was singing about a woman lost in space, this time Laura’s singing about the intimate details of her life— though turns out it sounds kinda the same!
When COVID first hit the US, Rodriguez was visiting friends in Vermont and stayed put. Displaced and delving deep into old and new musical influences, she channeled and created music that metabolized the deep uncertainty of this time into joy, pain, pleasure and possibility. Through an emphasis on the cathartic nature of ranchera, bolero and other styles, you’ll hear brand-new songs from a new piece called RAIMUNDA in Rodriguez’s first in-person concert since February of 2020.

In this darkly comic and irreverently silly solo show, Ely Kreimendahl explores the intersection of queer motherhood, pregnancy, sobriety, identity and navigating being both a comedian and a psychotherapist. With storytelling, stand-up, sketches and songs, the question remains: how does that make you feel?

Three Latinx prepubescents sit in a waiting room and need to kill time while their moms are in another cult meeting — thank God they have television! Channel surf away from reality in this earnest, televisual fantasia.

A shocking scandal occurs in a small town mayoral race. Two campaign advisors scramble to prep the talking points for their candidate’s interview to explain his actions. But… what should he say? Is he apologizing? Is he resigning? How much can your candidate suck before you think “F*** it, man, game’s over”? It’s a clash of principles and politics in this short, comedic play.

Christian Luu is TRANS MOSES! You’re invited to this comedic sketch exploration into the perspective of living while trans. And Asian. And fat. And having a lot of inherent star quality, if we’re being honest here.

A darkly comic BedTalk and investigation of Eleanor’s time in a psychiatric ward, how she wound up there, what it was like and whether or not the whole system should be burned to the ground. Fair warning: things get dark — but hopefully still funny. Please note, this show does include jokes about suicide.

In a vibrant collage of viral online videos — #femmeboy TikToks, tearful coming out YouTube videos, targeted gay Instagram Ads and more! — this “Gen Z fever dream” dives DEEP into how queer people perform their identities online and how digital media sells queerness. We’re finally asking the question: is the Charmin Bear gay? (Answer: Probably, girl!)

We stumble into Kuhoo’s computer storage and get a peek into self-tapes, self-reflection and self-preservation.

Step into the mind of Joel Perez, who will be broadcasting live from the Ars Nova Hub on West 54th Street, as he loops his way through songs and stories about growing up as a queer Puerto Rican ex-Pentecostal. Watch as he humorously inspects the many dumb layers of the human experience. Part cabaret, part stand-up, part storytelling, fully STUPID.

Young Ricky gives the divas a run for their money and turns the performance of a lifetime in this glittery pop concert for the ages — fighting inner demons and generational trauma on the way — all within the four walls of his bedroom. It’s Black AF, it’s Queer AF and, crucially, it’s Beyoncé AF.

A celebration of trans* histories and futures. Featuring audio from interviews with trans* and gender-nonconforming individuals, performers will trace forward in time through movement and lipsync to chart the dynamic and fluid history of queerness. At the intersection of what has been and what can be, of the present and the past and everything in between, my mouth is a queer time machine writes and stretches through the past to imagine and reach for the future.
Sound artist/DJ Jess Ramsay and drag artist Untitled Queen premiere Meebula: A Drag and Sonic Memoir, an immersive video art performance album combining original poetry, sound, captioning, alt text, song, video and drag, spinning a yarn as if atop a Brooklyn roof at dawn to honor 13 years of friendship. Part travelogue and part love letter, Meebula invites us to revel in all of the glory and magic that can be found in queer platonic friendship.

What even IS nonbinary anyway? A computer program? A tropical drink? A word that caused you to have an existential crisis when you finally realized: oh my god, I think I might be one of those, but I’m married and have two kids already and what am I supposed to do now? I have SO many bras! Join drag artist Harvey Gent (Jasmine Joshua) in a hilarious and wholly autobiographical queer spectacle, featuring pregnancy, trekking across tidepools in your underwear and peeing one’s pants in front of Very Important People.

You say you’re sorry, but what good is that? What do we do with an apology — or without it? Some options include: dance, scream, fight, write a letter, pass a bill, build a sculpture, make a wish and eat an egg. Join us on a kaleidoscopic blend of dance, visual art, memoir, critical theory and more as we explore (and attempt to get to the bottom of) what it truly means to apologize.

Why the f*ck are you so ashamed to love Black women — especially the fat ones? While we know the systemic culprits are anti-Blackness and fatphobia, this irreverent variety show offers an opportunity to skewer these ‘norms’ while centering fat Black women in all of their splendor, love and humanity.

Award-winning international physical theater company Voloz Collective brings you AMERICA, weaving juggling and object theater with magical realism in a fantastical physical comedy. Based on the 2019 theft of Maurizio Cattelan’s golden toilet (titled “America”) from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, this eccentric devised work probes the boundary between theater and cinema to imagine who could have stolen the lavish lavatory and why.

A nonsensical yoga teacher; an earnest artist; a self righteous multi-level marketer; an overblown philosopher. In this outlandish rumination on YouTubers and the culture that makes them, Collin Kelly spins a web of performance, stories and dance to critique superficiality and overused opinions while simultaneously celebrating an unabashed humanity.

In 2005, Ana Verde’s mom told her about her period via a PowerPoint presentation, and now, she’ll regale you with that same gift. Part biology lesson, part ode to growing up in the 2000s, <i>Your Changing Body</i> is a short non-fiction film about exorcising shame and (still) trying to come to terms with the fact that one’s body is always changing.

A young girl fills her sleepless nights creating herself anew in built-out worlds of fantasy. In this experimental split-screen short, one girl’s many personalities realize they might not be as real as they think, and fight to save everything they’ve made as it crumbles around them.

Four Christmas Eves, three generations and one man’s reckoning with forgiveness. Paletas de Coco explores the meaning of fatherhood in all of its complexities, through its many ups and downs, with coconut popsicles, Santería, buffet robbing, childbirth and so much else in between.

Follow four Gen Z influencers hired by the Biden campaign to create content for his official TikTok account. With the soul of the country at stake, generations collide and messages blur as they give it their all to win the 2020 election the best way they know how — virally.

In WE STILL HERE, JJJJJerome Ellis reads new writing and accompanies himself with new music. In the writing, he continues to explore intersections between blackness, disabled speech, divinity and time.

Curated by Vision Resident JJJJJerome Ellis

Drawing inspiration from TV shows like Wonder Showzen and Sesame Street, influencer apology videos, viral tweets, shadow puppetry, memes and medical infomercials, Masque On channels them all to create an in-valid perspective of what it means to be disabled, online and laughing. Drawing on the principles of Black radical traditions and disability justice, this joyful series of comedic shorts explores all the things we hide in “ability.”

Curated by Vision Resident JJJJJerome Ellis

Re:collections is a performance film remembering lost language in the body, across land and in alternate universes. Following a recent return to the artist’s motherland in Taiwan during the pandemic, the performance is a first-person account of returning to a site of medical and familial trauma years later. Moving through the artist’s intimate thoughts, the film explores the fallibility of time and ambiguousness of placehood in an ever-shifting disabled, immigrant body. Melding together new media performance and frameworks of traditional Chinese medicine, Taoist cosmology and quantum physics, the film interweaves the mundane with the magical, offering openings for grief, wonder and radical multiplicity.

Curated by Vision Resident JJJJJerome Ellis

Perspective is an ongoing sound, video and research project with disabled interviewees exploring access, care, interdependence and more through audio interviews, open captioning and musical underscoring. Join creator Molly Joyce, curator Sandy Guttman, and participants Robin Lynne Marquis, David Furukawa and JJJJJerome Ellis as they share excerpts of the larger work, and offer insight into the creative process.

Curated by Vision Resident JJJJJerome Ellis

Local icon Milly Tamarez guest hosts our untamed monthly variety show-meets party, introducing us to her who’s-who of the weird and wonderful — from comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.

Sky-Pony’s indomitable Rock Fairy Tale cannot be stopped by social distancing. Indie-pop band Sky-Pony reunites for this one-night concert. Their lush sound and cheeky style will surround and seduce you into a world of prophecies and forbidden temptations. Release your inner dragon on a raucous ride exploring faith, doubt and the wild space in between.
Originally produced in 2016 by Ars Nova, in collaboration with the Play Company, The Wildness was directed by Sam Buntrock with choreography by Chase Brock. The (virtual) Wildness is a new event that takes place 5 years after the events of The Wildness.
You’re invited to engage in a communal game of imaginative thinking, to time travel and to experiment with new processes for dreaming: alone and in community. What if we spent time imagining new futures as a practice? As we organize and build, how do we become clearer about the dreams we are moving toward?  Join us in excavating new language and possibilities for the future in this live participatory event to imagine utopia(s).

Curated by Vision Resident Jenny Koons

Mahayla Laurence and Matt Gehring host a sneak peek at the inaugural comedy residency at Ars Nova: CAMP. Eight comedy groups will perform juicy teasers of their finale shows to come in June on Ars Nova Supra. A full tapas menu of comedy in just 90 minutes. A real appetizer sampler. This was written while hungry.

An exaggerated triptych revolving around solitude, self-care, communal spaces and Zoom fatigue, RESILIENCE encourages you to reflect upon your own experiences, participation and self-awareness, through the creativity of BIPOC Deaf artists.

Curated by Vision Resident Jenny Koons
An interactive visual meditation on home, journeys and the worlds we create for ourselves. This experience will invite you to engage with your surroundings in new and surprising ways.

Curated by Vision Resident Jenny Koons
Join us for a one-night-only Air Guitar Extravaganza! Hosted by two-time world champion, Matt “Airistotle” Burns, the evening features brand new stay-at-home performances by the best in the biz — including the current world champion, The Marquis, as well as every US Air Guitar National Champ since 2014 — plus a tutorial led by Airistotle himself, and a community air guitar jam for performers AND audience members! Hop off your couch, give your arms a stretch and let’s rock.

Curated by Vision Resident Jenny Koons
“As I am impelled to evolve beyond my fears and insecurities; walking the path of self-knowledge through the unknown inner realms of myself. I manifest what I want by visualizing it clearly and precisely” – paraphrased from Tarot for Your Self by Mary K. Greer
9 C u p s i n t h e M o o N is an exploration into the murk of being. Desire, disappointment, agency, inertia, faith and fulfillment all play a role. How do we visualize the future we want to see amidst the dark challenges of our present? How do we allow ourselves to grow and evolve while sifting through the mess of our past?
Curated by Vision Resident Starr Busby
Still-breathing standup comedian George Civeris guest hosts our untamed monthly variety show-meets party, introducing us to his who’s-who of the weird and wonderful — from comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.
Join Ellen in her LED-filled closet (and various other corners of her apartment) for a night of original music and quality time. Featuring tunes from her latest album, Every Feeling I’ve Ever Felt, you’ll get the virtual-musical-hug you didn’t know you needed and feel all the feels right along with her.
addy gets a childhood is a poem, video, pleasure & reclamation project created by poet/musician/composer/artist kim mayo, aka moonheart. ‘addy’ reimagines the life of the (until recently) only black American Girl Doll, Addy Walker, whose white creators saw a black doll & called her an enslaved child, a child who had to escape that, a child who was not afforded what should have been her birthright, had she not been born into this anti-black, imperialist, white supremacist, hetero-patriarchal, capitalist world-a childhood. This project seeks to give to Addy all of the joy, the pleasure, the play, the freedom, the candies, the safety, the rambling afternoons, the delights of childhood that she was not afforded. It is a blessing sent back to mayo’s baby ancestors, & one sent toward the future, where mayo envisions a world in which each black child is allowed to be one.
Curated by Vision Resident Starr Busby
The Black Beginning is a multidisciplinary cabaret featuring Black queer artists and performers based in New York City. Each participating artist creatively responds to the concept of “The Black Beginning” — whether on historical developments of the arts, identity formation, the origin of the universe or any number of other questionings and answering.
Curated by Vision Resident Starr Busby

An archive of the glorious self. A reimagining of the baby picture for the growing transgender body. Documenting womanhood, pain, growth, god, love and joy. Blessed are the trans!
This evening includes the premiere of SOUTHERN GOTH followed by a conversation with MERCY and Vision Resident Starr Busby.

Curated by Vision Resident
Starr Busby

Healing Soundboxes: A Series of Aquifers are four recordings of voice and modular synths performed by Starr Busby and James Allister Sprang to be released weekly throughout the month of April. These recordings are meant to support meditative deep listening and joy. Join these artists in deep listening and become an aquifer to the present moment. We welcome our bodies, our ancestors, our traumas, our pain, our longings, visions and dreams.
Curated by Vision Resident Starr Busby
Artifact is an experiment in-process that invites a group of inclined and multifarious artists to exhibit their work by transfiguring ideas, partly in conversation with and partly in response to a new work-in-progress (Album and Opera) written and composed by Emily Wells and directed by raja feather kelly. This listening and viewing party will examine three songs in three ways – the original song obscured by these translations and artifacts. 
Curated by Vision Resident raja feather kelly
In 4 short dance films, Tislarm Bouie centers the nuances of Blackness and Masculinity in America.
Curated by Vision Resident raja feather kelly
A visual experience of light and dark in conversation with Rumi’s poetry from Moon and Sun. Taking place on the vernal equinox, we mark a year of confinement as we welcome the new year and new light.
Curated by Vision Resident raja feather kelly
Directed by Vision Resident nicHi douglas
Untitled Mockumentary Project follows Collegiate Ki, Goddess G, Loud Aunty and Working Girl, four phenomenal Black Trans Womxn, as they come together to create the next hit show … which follows four phenomenal Black Trans Womxn coming together to create the next hit show. Joy is felt. Sisterhood is challenged. And it’s all REAL LIFE. Well, mostly anyways!
Self-described “Reluctant Auntie-In-Training” SHALEWA SHARPE guest hosts a live-for-digital version of our untamed monthly variety-show-meets-party, introducing us to their who’s-who of the weird and wonderful — from comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.
Shake the winter blues away with “Persian princess of drag” Jackie Cox (Ru Paul’s Drag Race), hosting a Zoom dance party featuring the hottest dance jams and some very special surprise guests. Come ready to strut in this Queer MENASA Dancy Partayyy!
Join us for an evening of beloved pop, musical theater, and folk songs reinvented through the lens of the Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian (MENASA) musical soundscape, featuring Broadway and NYC’s most exciting MENASA performers and musicians.
Curated by Vision Resident Rona Siddiqui
From the zany quarantine brain of Rona Siddiqui comes a video trilogy about a woman and the fleece-lined sweatshirt she dared to love.
Curated by Vision Resident Rona Siddiqui
Self-described “Reluctant Auntie-In-Training” SHALEWA SHARPE guest hosts a live-for-digital version of our untamed monthly variety-show-meets-party, introducing us to their who’s-who of the weird and wonderful — from comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.
Four sexy writers, one juicy topic and sweet, sweet alcohol! Join us for four flash plays on dating in the time of COVID, hosted by everyone’s favorite cocktail artist, Sherz Aletaha. It’ll fly by quicker than a first date shag, with none of the deeply embedded cultural shame!
Curated by Vision Resident Rona Siddiqui
Triple-threat prince JOÉL PÉREZ guest hosts a live-for-digital version of our untamed monthly variety-show-meets-party, introducing us to their who’s-who of the weird and wonderful — from comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.
This FREE panel discussion profiles creators and activists in film, TV and theater to offer insights into this moment of possibility for MENASA representation in art, and the need to think coalitionally and relationally along with other communities of color facing similar challenges. 
Curated by Vision Resident Rona Siddiqui
What does a revolutionary leader do when the people aren’t ready for a revolution? Set at the brink of an apocalypse, this solo show follows the becoming of Aunty Entity, leader of Bartertown from Max Max Beyond Thunderdome.
Curated by Vision Resident David Mendizabal
Inspired by Nina Simone’s Four Women, WHAT DO THEY CALL US is an evening of stories and rituals featuring musicians, poets and dancers coming together to honor & celebrate Black Trans Legacy.
Curated by Vision Resident David Mendizabal
Inspired by a traditional Hora Santa at which family and friends gather to pray for the soul of a loved one who’s passed, this one-night-only ritual-meets-party gathers strangers and friends to honor what has left us, and what remains.
Curated by Vision Resident David Mendizabal
Cutting-edge cultural comic CHRIS MURPHY guest hosts a live-for-digital version of our untamed monthly variety-show-meets-party, introducing us to their who’s-who of the weird and wonderful — from comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.
In the wake of Kamala Harris’ vice presidential nomination, and counting down to the 2020 Election, a queer interracial couple attempt to situate their relationship in a larger constellation of Black and Desi encounters. THE OTHER OTHER is the third installment of VICHITRA, an ongoing experiment in queer South Asian imagination.