Oscar Wilde said: "Theatre is the greatest work of art. What a quick way for people to share the feeling of being human.
For half a century, Resident Theatres/New York (ART/New York) has been committed to helping nonprofit theaters create and grow the arts. Since its founding in 1972, ART/New York has helped 400 member theaters develop and finance their core services. An artistic approach aimed at a diverse audience. This means providing all kinds of resources, such as educational programs, subsidized work, grants, and advocacy.
ART/New York offers expert-led training and seminars. They have round tables where members of participating theaters can meet and learn from each other. Their offerings range from more practical offerings, such as B. reading form 990, to comprehensive and in-depth education on disability rights and anti-racism theater.
One of ART/New York's signature programs is the Theater Management Counseling Program. "Members come to us when they have a real problem, 'I want to go from cash to inventory' for example, because it's an outdated organization and I don't know where to start," said Risa, Art's CEO. /Shopping in New York. Art/New York connects member theaters with advisors to help define the direction of their work. "Then we work the invoices for 30 hours," added Shoup.
ART/New York offers its members subsidized work in New York. "It's like an office, a rehearsal room and two theaters in Hell's Kitchen," Shope said. "Our theater is the most accessible in the city. The technology stand is also wheelchair accessible.
In terms of grants, ART/New York funds the theaters with its own funds, but also works with the Mellon Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts to fund them. Says Shoup, “This allows us to provide significant funds to areas that may not otherwise be available.
In celebration of Art/New York's 50th anniversary, the organization recently announced the appointment of Talia Corren as the organization's new associate director. Under their leadership, Shope and Corren, who have worked with Playwright's Horizon, Signature Theatre, Soho Rep and Advance NYC, have transformed New York's nonprofit theater in a new way in the wake of the pandemic.
"Our 50th anniversary is the beginning of a new chapter in a field that has changed dramatically for us. "There's a lot of creative energy flowing into our company as we reorganize, and we're thrilled to have Thalia join us," said Dedria Harrington, CEO of Art/New York. "His fresh perspective, organizational vision and desire to serve on the ground and our staff will create a shared dream for all of us."
Jerel Brunner: What is your vision for ART/New York?
Talia Corren : Art That Works/New York City is measured in many ways by a thriving and healthy theater ecosystem. It's important to me that it's not about what "good theater" is or a strategy that every company should follow. We talk a lot about empowering our members and equipping them with the tools they need to do the work they want to see. For me, diversity in content, form, style, structure and personality is the strength of our field and I want to make sure we share that spirit of abundance.
Risa Shop : My vision is excellence, compassion and sustainability in our service delivery. This means that we cannot solve every problem and one of the biggest mistakes that is very easy to make is to accidentally solve every problem for every participant and vice versa. On the other hand, if we pay attention to transparency and quality of service and continue to constantly respond to the needs of our members, we will always provide value. Our services bring vibrancy, inclusion and depth to theater in New York and across the state.
Brunner: A lot of people are passionate about acting, but they feel like they don't have the resources, especially in New York. What would you recommend?
Costs: Balance your focus on what is sustainable and what you can achieve today. If you have extra funds or a specially designed space, don't worry about what you're doing. What can you do now to help you and your partner? Also, stick to your taste, stick to your assumptions. Theater is inherently collaborative, so take responsibility for being open to new techniques, aesthetics and perspectives.
Coren : I like Risa's reaction. I would add a community find. Theater is a wonderful collaborative art. So find what you care about, what you like, ask for help and join the community. There are many ways to contribute and many generous people to make room for you.
Brunner: Why was theater so important to survival now that the pandemic is over?
Toko: I think theater and all forms of art are magical. They allow us to fly, to be something else, to see the world through other people's eyes. Is there a better way to develop our empathy? And what could be the most important thing in this story? Plus, it's fun. And happiness and joy are important fuel to overcome difficulties.
Korin : Of course. We need theater deeply, fundamentally. Our ability to sit in the dark and imagine the world together is critical to our civic, emotional, interpersonal, and cultural health. It's a safe place to feel dangerous.