We’re pleased to share our artistic and operational plans for the coming year, which have been developed in accordance with our Core Values. In our ongoing commitment to becoming a fully anti-racist organization, we’re publishing those Core Values alongside action steps to interrogate our practices, disrupt patterns that reinforce institutionalized oppressions and inequities, acknowledge our missteps, and hold our organization to a standard that does not accept that this work is ever done. We stand in solidarity with the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members of our community, and we recognize that have not always lived up to these values and must contend with the harm that those shortcomings have caused.
NYTW ARTISTIC UPDATE
While the timeline for resuming in-person performances in New York City remains uncertain, we believe great work is still possible!
We’re committing resources to support a group of extraordinary Artistic Instigators to create and develop new work and to share that work with audiences in both existing formats and in ways yet to be imagined.
The list of Artistic Instigators will continue to grow! We’re starting them off with $2,500 grants to imagine work in our present moment that creates community within the given circumstances of social distancing, celebrates the liveness that is inherent in a theatrical experience, and examines the relationship between theatre, distance, and technology. From virtual experiences to outdoor performance to art installations, the possibilities are limitless.
While the Artistic Instigators dive into an exploration of form and content, you’re invited to experience the evolution of the work through work-in-process sharings and behind-the-scenes conversations. You can have a front-row seat to the unfolding of this experiment—and that definition of a “front-row seat” will shift throughout the year. Some events will be exclusively virtual experiences while others may take place in person—when it is possible to do so with appropriate safety measures.
And we still intend to return to the two productions we were unable to open due to the pandemic! As soon as it is feasible and safe to do so, we remain committed to bringing you Martyna Majok’s Sanctuary City directed by Rebecca Frecknall and Clare Barron’s adaptation of Three Sisters directed by Sam Gold.
The Artistic Instigators aren’t the only exciting theatremakers we’ll be welcoming this year! Six new 2050 Artistic Fellows—directors Josiah Davis, Adil Mansoor, and Tyler Thomas and playwrights Nissy Aya, Ruth Tang, and David Zheng—will join our community, continuing our 25-year tradition of supporting early-career artists who, with their unique voices, challenge us all to contend with this changing world.
NYTW Memberships have been reconceived for the coming year in response to the physical limitations and financial challenges that continue to impact our community. 2020/21 season memberships will be available at levels from $10–$50 per month to offer a range of options for members, from those who are unsure when and how often they will feel ready to return, to those who hunger for the lost sense of community and the joy of a new artistic adventure.
Repeat Defenders—the loyal group of donors who make New York Theatre Workshop’s mission possible—will receive the highest level of behind-the-scenes insights for the experimental season in exchange for their unwavering support.
We hope you’ll consider joining us, at whatever level is right for you, to support these artists as they unleash their imaginations and discover a richer, deeper understanding of what it means to live and breathe on this earth right now.