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The Center at West Park is a home for arts, culture, and community in the landmark West Park Presbyterian Church on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. The Center is a secular not-for-profit organization that offers a diverse range of programs for artists, audiences, and the neighborhood; manages the building’s venues; and stewards the restoration of its historic exterior.

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Kidz Theater's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

November 16 at 7pm
Kidz Theater is a professional development company for young performers seeking a career in musical theater. We offer classes and productions for performers ages 8-18 and strive to teach professionalism, discipline and strong technique within a supportive, family environment. Our productions feature Broadway veterans as well as those with exceptional raw talent, and many of our young performers have gone on to Broadway or other professional productions within a few months of performing with Kidz Theater. Currently, our alumni are a part of all of the top college musical theater programs, many with hefty scholarships! More than just a typical youth theater, Kidz Theater strives to teach professionalism to each student or performer that comes through our doors.  

Performances

November 9, 10, 12th-16th at 7pm November 17th at 6pm Cast Performance Schedule  

Tickets

Partial View - $20 General Admission - $30 All tickets go up $5 Oct. 30th GET TICKETS  

Cast

First name is in the VIRAL CAST, second name in the TRENDING CAST. Jesus - Aidan Joyce Judas - Dwany Guzman, Savannah Lee Henry Mary Magdalene - Nicole Player, Emma Wallach Pilate - Lila Marooney, Tobias Rubin Herod - Angel Tavares, Wolf Skaller Caiaphas - Luke Beaver, Jamiel Burkhart Annas - Lucian Zanes, Mariana Garzon Peter - Eden Rolle, Alice Meyer Simon - Audrey Loverro, Bella Giannetta Soul Girl 1 - Chasity Tineo, Sumaya Bouhbal Soul Girl 2 - Erica Simone Barnett Soul Girl 3 - Jordan Hall Priest 1- Chris Sumpter Priest 2 - Olivia Hendrickson, Addie Kriegel Priest 3 - Darren Valdera Apostle 1 - Michael Castronovo Apostle 2 - David Newman Apostle 3 - Skivon Hardy Apostle 4 - Abraham Deitz-Green Apostle 5 - Jordan Hall Apostle 6 - Chasity Tineo, Sumaya Bouhbal Apostle 7 - Erica Simone Barnett Apostle 8 - Jessica Ball, Isabel Wallach Apostle 9 - Lola Tung, Lillian Brown Ensemble 1 - Chris Sumpter Ensemble 2 - Olivia Hendrickson, Addie Kriegel Ensemble 3- Darren Valdera Ensemble 4 - Leonay Sheperd, Fiamma Cochrane Ensemble 5 - Emma Kops, Lucy D’Addario Ensemble 6 - Ryan Burton Ensemble 7 - Sam Wade, Anthony Paredes Ensemble 8 - Edie Philp, James Parascandola Ensemble 9 - Keron Medina Ensemble 10 - Julie Cassidy, Jamie Neiberg Ensemble 11 - Jackie Coraci, Lily Bowman Ensemble 12 - Leah Herman, Ariana Henry

Hamlet Isn't Dead's JULIUS CAESAR

November 29 at 8pm
William Shakespeare’s much-beloved JULIUS CAESAR is a classic tale of loyalty and power. Featuring some of the bard’s most famous speeches (“Friends, Romans, Countrymen” and “Cry ‘Havoc’ and let slip the dogs of war!”), this masterful play remains a testament to Shakespeare’s genius to this day. Combined with Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s unique brand of immediate theater and LIVE ROCK MUSIC, the result is sure to be electric. Creative Team: Director: Emily Jackson Assistant Director: Sophia Carlin Production Stage Manager: Kellie Taylor Assistant Stage Manager: Hannah Billbrough Set and Lighting Designer: Tyler M. Perry Composer and Musical Director: Jordan Brooks Management: Production Manager: David Andrew Laws Marketing Coordinator: James Rightmyer Jr  

The Second Annual Glitz & Grit Benefit Night: Let in the Light

December 10 at 6pm

Join us for an evening of inspiration & enchantment at the Second Annual Glitz & Grit Benefit Night: Let in the Light. 

Thank you for your interest in our Glitz & Grit Benefit to support The Center at West Park, a new performing arts center in the New York City Landmark West Park Presbyterian Church. Proceeds from the event support The Center at West Park’s Landmark Restoration Fund and Artist Residency Programs. Incorporated as a non-profit in December 2016 by a coalition of leaders from professional community arts development and the Upper West Side neighborhood, the Center’s purpose is to revitalize West Park as a home for theater, dance, music, and culture, and to steward the restoration of the building’s historic Romanesque Revival facade. The Center offers performances in its two unique theater spaces, affordable rehearsal and performance space to the public, and is home to several developing and established performing arts companies. Landmark Restoration Fund The Center is partnering with the New York Landmarks Conservancy and award-winning preservation architect Page Ayers Cowley to develop a plan for restoring West Park’s 1889 edifice. The first stage of the plan includes repairing the leaking roof to prevent further damage and completing a conditions assessment. Full restoration will include restoring the masonry and windows, adding accessible entrances, and removing the sidewalk shed on Amsterdam Ave and W 86th Street. Artist Residency Programs The Center is a creative home for some of the most diverse, engaging, and boundary-pushing artists in New York. Under our roof, resident companies Noche Flamenca, On Site Opera, and the Russian Arts Theater and Studio craft their critically-acclaimed performances. We cultivate the next generation of performers and arts administrators with our Theater Artist Residency Program, the Object Movement Puppetry Festival, the summertime Furnace Festival, and our Arts Leaders Fellowship Program. These residencies support the production of over twenty new plays with over one hundred public performances at the Center every year, empowering hundreds of individual arts and inspiring thousands of audience members annually. 

The Second Annual Glitz & Grit Benefit Night: Let in the Light

Hosted by: Elliott Forrest • WQXR Radio Host, national host of the weekly concerts from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Featuring: Clyde Haberman • former “NYC" columnist, foreign correspondent and editorial writer at The New York Times Page Ayres Cowley, FAIA, FRIBA • Award winning Preservation Architect for architectural conservation and adaptive re-use Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer • Long time supporter of West Park ...more programming to be announced... Monday, December 10, 2018 6:30PM • Cocktail hour followed by the Let in the Light Program The Center at West Park 165 W 86th Street • New York Attire: festive cocktail Please contact specialevents@centeratwestpark.org with any questions or for more information. HONORS COMMITTEE Lisa Sorce Aiba Barney Greengrass, The Sturgeon King Ted and Asya Berger Peg Breen President, The New York Landmarks Conservancy Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer Robert Carlock & Jennifer Rogers Gail Chesler and Carl Nisser Melissa Elstein & Eric Katzman David Faber & Jenny Harris Elliott Forrest Ann-Isabel Friedman Director, Sacred Sites, The New York, Landmarks Conservancy Troy & Wilma Messenger Calvin M. Mew & Mary F. Crawford Katherine Kurs & John Hudson New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal New York State Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal Eugenie M. Sullivan Ron Wilcox & Susan E. Sullivan *List in formation, as of Nov 13*
 
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Our Theater Artist Residency Program nurtures exemplary and boundary-pushing theater artists and companies by providing free performance space, subsidized rehearsal space, and a 50/50 split of ticket sales.

We support the creation of new works and the re-working of classic texts in contemporary contexts in order to diversify and enrich the theater community of New York and to attract and challenge enthusiastic and adventurous audiences. All Resident Artists are offered one to four weeks in our intimate 60-seat Balcony Theater to produce and perform their shows. 

Applications for the Spring 2019 Season (January-May) are now closed. Applicants will be notified by October 20, 2018.

Check back in December for information on the application process for the Fall 2019 Season (September-December). 

Object Movement is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The residency develops new work and advances existing works-in-progress that address social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical questions through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of performances. Participants meet weekly as a group to share the progress of their pieces and offer supportive feedback. The group is moderated by the curatorial team of experienced puppetry artists. Group meetings will be from September 2018 through Spring 2019, culminating in a festival of performances.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Object Movement Residency are now closed. Check back in Spring 2019 for information on getting tickets to the Object Movement Festival and applying to future residencies. 

HOT NEW WORKS, FRESH FROM THE OVEN

The Furnace Festival is a summer workshop forum for incendiary new plays, developed in residence at The Center at West Park. Participants are given one week in the Center’s 60 seat Balcony Theater, a small production stipend, and free rehearsal space to forge a new play in the fiery heat of New York in August, culminating in two workshop performances on Friday and Saturday nights.

All tickets to the Furnace Festival are just $10 and include an ice cold refreshment to help you beat the heat.

Information on applying to Furnace Festival 2019 will be posted in January. 

The Center at West Park’s Arts Leaders Fellowship Program is a paid opportunity for early career arts professionals to build skills and experience while shaping the direction of a new arts and culture center in a historic building on the Upper West Side. Applications for the Arts Leaders Fellowship Program are currently closed. 

Ethics + Aesthetics

We value work that challenges aesthetic and cultural boundaries, builds lasting relationships among artists and audiences, engages with underserved and underrepresented communities, and is created and presented in inclusive contexts.

Our Spaces

Sanctuary Theater

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Balcony Theater

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McAlpin Hall (a.k.a. Pushkin Hall)

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Gym (a.k.a. SWDA Studio)

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West Park Chapel

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Restoration Plan

Phase 1 Community House & South Facade Roof, Tower & Chimney $6.25 million Replace roofing,
Restore skylights,
Restore windows & frames
Replace flashings, accessories, gutters & leaders
Restore masonry
Restore doors, automate east doors for accessibility
Phase 2 South/Corner Tower Roof & Walls $9.25 million Replace roofing
Restore windows and frames
Restore South entrance doors, steps
Restore masonry
Phase 3 North Tower Roof, Walls & West Facade $4.75 million Reconstruct tower roof
Restore windows and frames
Restore entrance doors, steps
Restore masonry
Phase 4 Sanctuary Roof & South Facade $3.5 million Replace roofing
Restore windows & frames
Replace flashings, accessories, gutters & leaders
Restore masonry
Phase 5 North Facade (Not Pictured) $1.25 million Restore windows & frames
Restore doors
Repair areaway contrete slab
Restore masonry
All Phases Stabilization Remove loose stone material
Install temporary netting
Install smoke alarm system building wide
Maintain gutters & leaders
Complete Structural Survey

Support the Center

I’m planting a seed for…

  • a new performing arts center for the Upper West Side

  • the restoration of a cultural and architectural landmark

  • a growing community of boundary-pushing artists, activists, and audiences changing how we see the world, each other, and ourselves.

We have a plan to restore West Park, and the first step is fixing our leaky roof so everyone can enjoy our building’s beautiful interior. Our goal is to raise $100,000 to replace the Community House Roof by the end of 2018. You can join The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Program, the Board of Directors of The Center at West Park, and the congregation of West Park Presbyterian Church in supporting this project by making a tax-deductible donation today.

Donate at Fractured Atlas

The Center at West Park, Inc. is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of The Center at West Park, Inc. must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Contact

Location

Address: 165 W 86th Street, New York, NY 10024
Subway: 1, B, C to 86th St

Offices & Community House

Entrance on 86th Street

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm
Phone: 212-997-4490
Email: info@centeratwestpark.org

Sanctuary & Balcony Theaters

Entrance on Amsterdam Avenue

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