NEW YORK: New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) has announced that Safe Harbors NYC, Dominican Artists Collective (DAC), and JAG Productions will join Noor Theatre as companies-in-residence. NYTW created the companies-in-residence program in 2005 to offer artistic and institutional support to small theatre companies and support growth through mentorship, access to free rehearsal and performance space, supplies, office space, and connections to the NYTW theatrical community.
“Each of the collectives joining NYTW’s companies-in-residence initiative embodies NYTW’s belief that artists provide a necessary function: They enrich and better our collective lives,” NYTW artistic director Jim C. Nicola said in a statement. “The passion, vision, and purpose of these three companies have distinct and commanding voices, and supporting them helps create a richer, more vibrant theatrical landscape.”
NYTW has previously collaborated with Safe Harbors NYC and DAC. In 2020, they presented the short film The Cooking Project, created by DAC members, as part of the 2020-21 Artistic Instigator season. In January 2020 and 2020, they hosted Safe Harbor NYC’s first and second annual Reflections of Native Voices Festival, in partnership with the La MaMa Indigenous Initiative. As part of their residencies this season, NYTW and DAC will collaborate on a masterclass series, and will continue to support Safe Harbors NYC’s third annual Reflections of Native Voices Festival this spring.
NYTW is also excited to begin a formal collaboration with White River Junction, Vt.-based JAG Productions after building a relationship with them through its annual residency at Dartmouth College. JAG will serve as NYTW’s first company-in-residence based outside of New York, representing NYTW’s continued commitment to artists building work within their communities.
Safe Harbors NYC is an arts initiative that focuses on the development and production of Indigenous performing arts. Safe Harbors seeks to build an understanding of Native American methodologies in performance that will function as a cultural liaison to non-Native theatre artists.
The Dominican Artists Collective is a collection of storytellers whose mission is to dismantle systemic oppression through art by building a community that challenges what is and what can be through facilitation, education, liberation, and inspiration.
JAG Productions has nurtured and sustained a multi-generational and multiracial theatre company with Black artists and community organizers at its center. JAG’s mission is to bring more compassion, empathy, and love into the world by telling stories written and produced by and for Black, brown, queer, and trans people.
New York Theatre Workshop aims to empower visionary theatremakers and to bring their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops, and educational programs.
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