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
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 Clubbed Thumb (Maria Striar, Producing Artistic Director) joined us as our inaugural resident company, and we've since embarked on many various collaborations, including our co-production of Men On Boats. In 2016 Musical Theatre Factory (Shakina Nayfack, Artistic Director) became our second resident company. And now in 2017 we are thrilled to welcome SPACE on Ryder Farm (Emily Simoness, Co-Founder and Executive Director) into the fold as our third 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.
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.—Shakina Nayfack, Musical Theatre Factory Artistic Director
There’s clear artistic synchronicity between our two organizations. Since SPACE’s inception in 2011, we have provided time and space on the 222-year-old Ryder Farm in Brewster, NY, to a number of playwrights who are also a part of the Playwrights Horizons family.—Emily Simoness, Founder and Executive Director of SPACE on Ryder Farm