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Creative Space GrantS

FY18 Cycle 2 Creative Space Grant recipient En Garde Arts's production of RED THRILLS. Photo by Hunter Canning.


The A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is designed to provide theatre companies with real estate opportunities to help them meet their creative needs. This is an in-kind grant that provides A.R.T./New York members with $650-$2,000 in credit to be used on studio space at A.R.T./New York’s [email protected] in Manhattan, and the LuEsther T. Mertz South Oxford Space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Applicants may request space to meet any need that enables them to better create their work, including but not limited to rehearsals, auditions (no open calls), meeting space, or any combination of the above. Bookings may be made in bulk for multiple hours per day over the course of a few weeks (in the case of rehearsals), or spread out over the entire grant period. Revenue-generating activities (such as fundraisers or workshops that charge participants to attend) and ticketed performances will NOT be supported through this grant. Applicants cannot apply credit to any bookings that they made prior to receiving their grant notification.

Rental space is available to grantees based on availability. While recipients may request specific studios at either or both of A.R.T./New York’s facilities, A.R.T./New York cannot guarantee that it will be able to accommodate requests exactly as submitted.

Grantees can find information on crediting policies and language here.



While in prior years Creative Space Grant requests were for the amount of hours needed, beginning with the application for FY19 Cycles 1 & 2, grant requests are for a dollar amount in credit to be used towards bookings. Applicants can request $650-$2,000 in credit. This change allows us to reduce the restrictions on the use of the grant and ultimately allows for the grant to make a bigger impact. Please refer to the rental rates for our studios  when calculating the amount of credit you would like to request, and pay close attention to the guidelines for the use of hours and the application as they have changed.

Creative Space is not a cash grant. Recipients will receive credit for use in the spaces.



Please review all information before applying, especially the space and narrative guidelines, as they have changed.

Applications for the FY19 Creative Space Grant Cycle 2 have closed.




The application for the FY19 Creative Space Grant Cycle 2 closed on Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

FY19 Cycle 2 is a grant for space for January - June of 2019.

Creative Space Grants are made twice annually, with applications due in November (for January - June) and May (for July - December) of each year.


Grant Information Sessions

These sessions, held in our offices and online, will be hosted by A.R.T./New York programs staff who will walk applicants through the application and guidelines. Applicants are welcome to bring questions, and are strongly encouraged to read the application and guidelines before coming to the session.


Info sessions for the FY19 Creative Space Grant Cycle 2 were held in October 2018.

Click here to view a recording of the online info session »


Narrative Statement review is also available to assist applicants and requests must be made by October 25th, 2018. Please see our guidelines page for more information on this process.


(Click here to download the updated guidelines)

Grantees will coordinate space bookings with A.R.T./New York’s facilities staff. The following booking options and guidelines will be applicable to grantees upon receipt of their grant.

Creative Space Grant Credit are subject to the following restrictions:

  • Grant credit may be used for bookings at either South Oxford Space or [email protected]
  • Grant credit may not be used for revenue generating events such as Galas, ticketed performances, workshops that charge for attendance, etc.
  • Credit cannot be transferred to other companies or individuals.
  • Grant credit cannot be retroactively applied to reservations already made with A.R.T./New York.
  • Unused credit cannot be carried over to the next grant cycle
  • Grantees may request any of the studio and meeting rooms at South Oxford Space or [email protected] While A.R.T./New York will try to accommodate all requests, rooms are subject to availability.
  • Due to the layout of the facilities, certain noise and capacity restrictions might apply. A.R.T./New York reserves the right to restrict space use, especially for rehearsals and events that involve dance, excessive noise or occupancy, or the use of musical instruments in excess of the pianos provided.
When booking space, grantees must:
  • Clearly state that they intend to use credit from their grant award when making their reservation.
  • Indicate their intended use of the space honestly and accurately when making their reservation.
  • Confirm with facilities staff prior to booking that the desired studio can accommodate special needs, including but not limited to: loud noise, music, and sound equipment.
  • Provide advance notice to facilities staff for bookings that will involve unusually large groups, or other special circumstances.
Cancellations, no-shows, and unused credit
  • Grantees wishing to cancel a reservation must do so at least three days in advance, or the credit used for booking will be forfeit.
  • All credit unused by the end of the grant period will be forfeit.
  • Excessive late cancellations, no-shows, unused credit, and rule violations could affect eligibility for future grant cycles.
  • In the event that a company’s plans change and Creative Space Grant credit is no longer needed, Grantees can return all or part of their credit without effecting their future eligibility if they contact A.R.T./New York staff by April 15th, 2019.
  • Grantees that leave $200 or more in Creative Space Grant credit unused will be deemed ineligible for the following cycle.


For facility information visit For more information about this program, please contact Programs Manager Corinne Woods, at [email protected] or (212) 244-6667 ext. 241.



Grant crediting guidelines and language »

FY19 Creative Space Grant Cycle 1 Reporting »



The Creative Space Grant is made possible by generous leadership support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



The following 64 companies received a total of $68,850 of credit for use in A.R.T./New York studios at [email protected] and the LuEsther T. Mertz South Oxford Space from July to December.

Amas Musical Theatre
American Bard Theater Company
American Opera Projects
BCT Brooklyn Children's Theatre Inc
Blessed Unrest
Boundless Theatre Company Inc.
Broken Box Mime Theater
Buran Theatre
CO/LAB Theater Group
Concrete Temple Theatre
Corkscrew Theater Festival
CRASH Theater Co.
Dramatic Question Theatre
DreamStreet Theatre Company
Ensemble Studio Theatre
EPIC Players
Everyday Inferno Theatre Company
Flying Carpet Theatre
Girl Be Heard
Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre
Honest Accomplice Theatre Inc.
Houses on the Moon Theater Company
Hunger and Thirst Theatre
Keen Company
Leviathan Lab
Liberation Theatre Company
Life Jacket Theatre Co.
LubDub Theatre Co
Lucy Jackson

Lyra Theater
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF)
New York City Children's Theater
New York Deaf Theatre
New York Theatre Barn
Nia Theatrical Production Company
North Coast
Out of the Box Theatrics
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
Parallel Exit
Pioneers Go East Collective
Prism Stage Company
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Rebel Playhouse
Scandinavian American Theater Company
Spellbound Theatre
Stable Cable Lab Co.
The 24 Hour Plays
The Drama League
The Mother Line Story Project
The Movement Theatre Company
The Muse Project
The NOW Collective
The Playwrights Realm, Inc.
Theater Breaking Through Barriers Corp.
Torn Out Theater, Inc.
Transport Group Theatre Company
Two Headed Rep
Untitled Theater Company No. 61