Ars Nova, the Off-Broadway company known for developing and producing out-of-the-box new works like The Great Comet, has been selected by Greenwich House as the new tenant of its historic, 199-seat Greenwich House Theater in the West Village. The venue, opened in 1917, will become the primary venue for Ars Nova’s productions beginning in 2019.
Greenwich House Theater is located at 27 Barrow Street in New York City. Since 2003, the space has been occupied by the Barrow Street Theatre company and is currently home to a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, on sale through May 27.
Ars Nova will continue to develop and present new work out of its current intimate theatre on West 54th Street. In addition, the company will partner with Greenwich House on new community engagement and educational initiatives.
“Ars Nova is thrilled to have been selected to operate the Greenwich House Theater, which will become our new home base for our Off-Broadway premieres,” said Jason Eagan, the founding artistic director of Ars Nova, in a press statement. “This will, in turn, stimulate our work of discovering and developing talent by freeing up space in our own jewel-box theater on 54th Street, where we will be able to increase our services to our artist community and expand our year-round programming.
“At the same time, this mission-driven partnership gives us an ideal platform to partner on arts education initiatives. Together, Ars Nova and Greenwich House can ensure that our resources are used to launch the careers of extraordinarily deserving early-career artists; as well as foster and develop arts appreciation and aspiration among the youngest of our next generation.”
“For over 100 years, Greenwich House has fostered community through the arts, and we’re excited to bring Ars Nova into the fold,” added Roy Leavitt, the executive director of Greenwich House. “Not only does Ars Nova have a strong vision for the Greenwich House Theater, they have a track record of fostering new artists and creating diverse audiences. We’re looking forward to partnering with them on new initiatives for theatre lovers of all ages.”