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.
Shakespeare’s classic comedyMuch Ado About Nothing is a timeless story of love interrupted. Join Hamlet Isn’t Dead on a musical vacation to the idyllic Italian countryside where the merrily warring Beatrice and Benedick match their wits and wills. Meanwhile, new couple Claudio and Hero are nearly wrenched asunder by the dastardly villain Don John and his henchmen. But as with all Shakespearean comedies, the truth will out…though not before being comically obstructed by the bumbling sheriff Dogberry.
Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s fresh adaptation of this definitive tale highlights the fun and joy of Much Ado. Come fall in love with Shakespeare again at this festival of laughs and love. Featuring original live music and spirited verse, this is a surefire way to start off the Shakespeare season!
The great Baroque painters Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi confess their sins to a heavenly priest in purgatory. Gentileschi recounts her notorious rape and torture in order to reclaim her legacy and fully illuminate her brilliant life and art. Caravaggio, confused after his own brutal and untimely death, is searching for forgiveness -- or possibly something deeper.
Our Artist Residency program provides affordable space for performing artists to develop and present their work in the grand 420-seat Sanctuary Theater and the intimate 74-seat Balcony Theater. Applications for the Spring 2018 season are closed.
The Center at West Park’s Arts Leaders Fellowship Program is an 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.Fellowship positions include Arts Education, Arts Management, Development, Outreach, and Technical and Facilities. Applications for Spring 2018 are now closed.
OBJECT MOVEMENT is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The purpose of the program is to develop new work and advance 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 will meet weekly as a group to share the progress of their pieces and offer feedback. The group is moderated by a curatorial team of puppetry artists and producers. Group meetings will be from September 2017 through Spring 2018, culminating in a festival of performances.
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.