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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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. 


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

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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.



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

See our calendar of upcoming events
See our venues available for rent

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