It’s a tough time to be making theatre. It’s also a necessary moment for the power and possibility of the art we create. That’s why A.R.T./ New York is hosting our first Fall Forum to foster community, support collaboration, and encourage resource sharing among our members. Programming will include panel discussions, workshops, mixers, and roundtable conversations. This multi-day event will be an opportunity for collective learning, relationship building, solution sharing, and perhaps most importantly -  joyful social events! Though we don’t yet know what solutions will emerge, we are confident in the ability of our community to remain rooted in our values as we dream up a world that doesn’t yet exist. You can sign up to attend whichever programs work for your schedule, but we do hope you’ll join us for as much of this practical and fun-filled gathering as possible. 

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We are capping off the Forum with a Benefit, Celebrating Service, honoring New Georges and Susan Bernfield with the Exuberant Imagination Award, recognizing 30+ years of experimentation, tenacity, service, and wit. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Celebrating Service is a ticketed fundraising event, with proceeds ensuring that A.R.T./New York programming like the Fall Forum remains free for all members. 


In order to create the most meaningful connections possible, we sincerely hope you will be able to join us in person. We are committed to providing the support necessary to make that possible. However, we recognize that in-person attendance may not be an option for everyone, so three key moments of the Fall Forum will also be live-streamed in partnership with Howlround and Transcend Streaming. When registering, you’ll have the option to indicate that you would like to receive links to view the live stream.

For in-person attendance, masking is encouraged, but not required.

To streamline the registration process, there is only ONE registration form for all events with the exception of the Fall Forum Benefit.

On the registration form, you will be able to:

  • Choose which individual events you would like to attend,
  • Request additional accessibility accommodations,
  • Indicate whether you would like to receive links to view the live-streamed events,
  • Learn more about the Fall Forum Benefit: Celebrating Service,
  • Tell us how we can best support you if you are a caregiver planning to attend, and;
  • Opt-in to participate in “The Fall Forum Classifieds.”


The Fall Forum Kickoff, Grantmakers In Conversation, and the Marketing and Audience Development Panel Discussion will all be live-streamed and will include ASL interpretation and live CART captioning for both virtual and in-person attendees. 

All portions of the Forum will include

  • Large print versions of any printed materials and
  • Identifiable staff for wayfinding support.

Additional accommodations for all programs are available upon request, including:

  • Support Service Provider (SSP)
  • ASL Interpretation
  • Live CART captioning 
  • Visual stories
  • Audio Description

The last day to request additional accommodations was Tuesday, October 17. If you plan to attend and would like to submit an additional request, please contact Ashley Hicks at [email protected]. We will do our best to accommodate.

All Fall Forum venues are fully ADA compliant, including at the Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space:

  • Self-opening lobby doors with the push of a button
  • Elevator access to each floor
  • Ramps leading to the bar and the Newman Mills Theater
  • 3 Wheelchair-accessible restrooms available in the main lobby restrooms
  • 2 accessible single stalls on the Mezzanine Floor; and
  • Assistive Listening Devices (with headphones provided)

At the A.R.T./New York Spaces@520:

  • Elevator access to the floor.
  • The building floor is fully wheelchair accessible with no steps.
  • All office doors include braille on their signage. 
  • One ADA-accessible bathroom.
  • A quiet/low sensory space.

At the Yotel, Times Square:

  • Self-opening lobby doors with the push of a button
  • Elevator access to the floor
  • The building floor is fully wheelchair accessible with no steps.
  • Two ADA-accessible bathrooms.
  • Live CART Captioning


  • We realize that in-person attendance can be a larger lift for caregivers in our community. With that in mind, we are pleased to offer stipends to help offset the cost of hiring caregiver support. You can let us know on the registration form if you’d like to request one of these stipends, and we will email you to begin a conversation. These stipends are limited, but we will do our best to fulfill all requests. 

  • We know that theatre administration isn’t the most interesting topic for young people, but children are welcome to attend any portion of the Fall Forum alongside an adult. You can let us know on the registration form if any children will be attending with you, and we’ll reach out to see what kid-friendly activities (coloring books, crayons, etc.) we can have on hand. We’re happy to chat about what we could do to make the experience fun for everyone. On 10/24 and 10/25 in the Spaces@520 there are also convenient side rooms in each studio that could serve as a “homework office.” 

  • A dedicated lactation space is available at A.R.T./New York’s Spaces@520.





HONORING NEW GEORGES AND SUSAN BERNFIELD  | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 6:00 PM EST at Yotel, Times  Square // 570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

A.R.T./New York honors New Georges and Susan Bernfield with The Exuberant Ima
gination Award recognizing 30+years of experimentation, tenacity, service, and wit. Join us as we celebrate the indelible role that New Georges has played in the theatrical ecosystem: a small theatre that’s had outsized impact and a trajectory that mirrors A.R.T./New York’s own. New Georges Founder and Artistic Director/Producer Susan Bernfield has served on the A.R.T./New York Board of Directors for a quarter century, representing her peers while championing curiosity, innovation, and the full breadth of our community. Celebrating Service is a ticketed fundraising event, with proceeds ensuring that A.R.T./New York programming like the Fall Forum remains free for all members.


Make Some New Connections.

When you arrive for your first event of the Fall Forum, be sure to pick up a copy of the Fall Forum Classifieds. Members who registered by October 10th had the option of submitting an ad to let other attendees know what sort of opportunity, partnership, or collaboration they are looking for. 

All attendees can use the Classifieds as a tool for making connections throughout the Fall Forum.

Devon Adams, Art Director/Graphic Design