Programs

The Center’s artist residencies create opportunities for performing artists of diverse backgrounds to develop and perform boundary-pushing new work.

Our seasonal performances and festivals connect adventurous audiences with some of New York City’s most exciting and engaging artists.

We nurture the next generation of leaders in arts administration through our fellowship program.

Find out more below:

Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s  Julius Caesar  (2018)

Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s Julius Caesar (2018)

Theater Artist Residencies

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.

Antrak  by Shayna Strype (2018)

Antrak by Shayna Strype (2018)

Object Movement

Object Movement is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists, culminating in a May festival of new short and full-length works. The residency supports the vital and innovative puppetry community in New York and calls attention to how this ancient and global art form speaks to urgent contemporary social concerns and artistic questions. Curated by Maiko Kikuchi, Rowan Magee, and Justin Perkins.

Furnace Festival

The Furnace Festival is a 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 up to 20 additional hours of 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. Applications for the 2019 Furnace Festival will be available online soon.

Center staff at 2018 Glitz & Grit Benefit Night

Center staff at 2018 Glitz & Grit Benefit Night

Arts Leaders Fellowships

The Center at West Park’s Arts Leaders Fellowship Program is an opportunity for early career arts professionals to build skills and experience while working closely with the Center’s staff, learning about non-profit administration, and shaping the direction of a new performing arts center.