Our Resident Company program provides like-minded theater companies the space and resources to create more art, and expand their capacity to provide artistic opportunities to writers. In 2014, we announced Clubbed Thumb (Maria Striar, Producing Artistic Director) as our inaugural resident company, and we've since embarked on many various collaborations, including our co-production of Men On Boats. This year we add the Musical Theatre Factory (Shakina Nayfack, Artistic Director) as our second resident company!
The vision for the Resident Company program arose from Playwrights Horizons’ desire to expand the reach of support for new playwrights and plays, and encourage more productions and wider audiences for new work. The program also seeks to lessen the financial burdens of renting costly rehearsal and performance space in the New York market.
Playwrights Horizons can only continue to promote the most urgent, relevant new voices if New York’s smaller new play producers and incubators remain healthy.—Adam Greenfield, Associate Artist Director
On behalf of Clubbed Thumb and our extended artistic community, we want to express our profound gratitude for this thoughtful and generous initiative. In getting office and development space — and in the same place, which we’ve never experienced — we’re re-capturing time and focus and gaining stability and resources, all of which we’ll invest in our work and our artists.—Maria Striar, Clubbed Thumb Producing Artistic Director
When we lost our original space at the beginning of this year, we didn't know if the Factory would survive. Now, thanks to this generous residency, MTF will have a home of its own at Playwrights Downtown. We couldn't be more delighted to share space with Clubbed Thumb and to collaborate with the students, faculty and staff of the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.—Shakina Nayfack, Musical Theatre Factory Artistic Director