2023 Creative Opportunity Fund

(A NYSCA Regrant Program) 

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) are thrilled to announce the 91 recipients of the 2023 NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program). Through this regrant program, $340,000 was distributed via flexible, general operating support grants to small theatres across New York State. 

Recipients of the Creative Opportunity Fund were determined by a panel of theatre-makers from New York City and across the state. Nominations for panelists were solicited from the community, and 20 panelists met virtually to score and allocate funding for the 113 applicants. 

A.R.T./New York is thrilled to partner for the sixth year with the New York State Council on the Arts to continue to build and strengthen the theatrical field statewide. 

“A.R.T./New York’s strategic investments in nonprofit theatres are critical to the growth and viability of New York’s arts and culture sector,” said NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus. “NYSCA is  thrilled to work with A.R.T./New York at this critical juncture in our sector’s recovery to ensure that these vital dollars reach theatres statewide. On behalf of the entire NYSCA Team, congratulations to all 91 awardees!”

 NYC Recipients of the 2023 Creative Opportunity Fund:

American Theatre of Actors, Inc. (ATA)

Astoria Performing Arts Center

Barefoot Shakespeare Company

Bated Breath Theatre Company

Blessed Unrest

Brave New World Repertory Theatre

Broken Box Mime Theater

Brooklyn Youth Company

Chez Bushwick

Chickenshed NYC

Circus Amok

Dancers Unlimited


General Mischief Dance Theatre

Group BR Limited

Headwall Theatre Company 

Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre

Hypokrit Theatre Company

ID Studio


Infinite Variety Productions

Jewish Plays Project

Kaisers Room

Katharine Pettit Creative - KPC

Kids Creative Collective, Inc.

La Troupe Makandal

Latinx Playwrights Circle

Less Than Rent Theatre

Little Lord

LubDub Theatre Co

Mass Transit Theater

Meta-Phys Ed.

Monk Parrots

Naked Angels Theater Company

National Queer Theater

New Ambassadors Theatre Company

NYLaughs, Inc.

Oye Group

Patty Cake Theater

Project Y Theatre

Remote Theater Project

Ring of Keys

Ripple Effect Artists, Inc.

Rooftop Musical Society

Rooted Theater Company

Stage Aurora NY

Step1 Theatre Project

Steps Theatre & Production Company

Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble

TGD Productions 

The Anthropologists

The Associates Theater Ensemble

The Other Side Of Silence (TOSOS)

The Parsnip Ship

The PlayGround Experiment

The Private Theatre

The SuperGeographic Ensemble Theatre Inc.

The Workshop Theater

Theater in Quarantine

Theatre Now New York

Titan Theatre Company

Undiscovered Works

Untitled Theater Company No. 61

UP Theater Company

USE: Underground Skills Exchange

What Will the Neighbors Say?

WOW Cafe Theater

Outside-NYC Recipients of the 2023 Creative Opportunity Fund: 


 Panelists for the 2023 Creative Opportunity Fund:

Derya Celikkol
Freelance Actor & Set Designer

James Clements
Theatremaker and Co-Artistic Director, What Will the Neighbours Say?

Rachel Colbert
Fundraising Consultant and Producer

Kelly Copps
Artistic Director, Second Generation Theatre

Rick Hamilton
Managing Director, Chain Theatre/Chain NYC Film Festival

Danny Higgins
Co-Artistic Director, EastLine Theatre

Priscilla Hummel
Founder & Producing Artistic Director, Walking on Water Productions (WoW)

Sarah Norris
Found Artistic Director, New Light Theater Project and Artistic & Community Engagement Producer, Pendragon Theatre

Joseph Mace
Founder, Total Philanthropy

Kristin Marting
Founding Artistic Director, HERE and Co-Founding Director, Prototype Festival

Rory McGregor
Freelance Theatre Director

Remy-Jean Monnay
Producing Artistic Director, Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY

Madelyn Paquette
General Manager, The 24 Hour Plays and Managing Producer, Moxie Arts NY

Katiana Rangel
Associate Producer, New York City Players

Nicole Savin
Co-Artistic Director, EastLine Theatre

Caitlin Saylor Stephens
Artist in Residence, Lincoln Center Theater

Emily Vartanian
Head Troublemaker, General Mischief Dance Theatre

Nicholas Viselli
Artistic Director, Theater Breaking Through Barriers

Keith Weiss
Leadership Circle, The Fled

Laura Zlatos
Individual Giving Manager, Rattlestick Theater