THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY Foundation, Inc. (TNC) is a Not-For-Profit 501(c)3 Corporation, EIN #13-2964851.
It is my pleasure to report on Theater for the New City’s program activities in the 2008/09 season. TNC’s core mission is to nurture and develop writers for the American stage, and to bring theater into the community and the community into the theater. While the past fiscal year has been financially challenging, we are grateful for all the support we received to fulfill TNC’s mission. Highlights of our accomplishment in the past season include:
• Produced 26 plays and musicals by a diverse range of playwright in the RESIDENT THEATER PROGRAM, including 10 productions in the subsidiary Emerging Playwrights Program. The season included such critically acclaimed shows as The Lonely Soldier Monologues by Helen Benedict, The Love of Brothers by Mario Golden, The Two-Cents Opera by Elodie Lauten, and All Aboard the Marriage Hearse by Matt Morillo.
• Produced 10 staged readings in the play reading series New City New Blood.
• Presented 9 alternative theater companies that have no permanent home in the city in its PRESENTING THEATER PROGRAM, including Bread & Puppet Theater, Vangeline Theater, Czechoslovak American Marionette Theater, The Grand Falloons, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, and Yangtze Repertory Theater of America.
• Brought the free STREET THEATER production “Tally Ho! Or: Navigating the Future” to over 20,000 New Yorkers from the South Bronx to Coney Island, many of whom might otherwise not have the opportunity to see live theatre.
• Provided a multi-disciplinary 9-week AFTER-SCHOOL THEATER ARTS PROGRAM for 25 young teens from our East Village neighborhood.
• Produced 2 COMMUNITY FESTIVALS, the Village Halloween Costume Ball and the 3-day free Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, that between them provided opportunities for more than 600 performers and 70 performance groups to showcase their talents. The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts is a living demonstration of
TNC’s role as the “glue” for the divergent ethnic cultures that make up the Lower East Side, promoting acceptance and neighborliness.
• Distributed nearly 4,000 free tickets to over 100 participating youth programs, senior citizen centers and community organizations through the FREE TICKET PROGRAM to make theatre accessible to everyone.
• Hosted the Japanese drum & dance company Cobu for a year-long residency, culminating in a sell-out run of their show EN in the 2009/10 season.
• Provided training and service opportunities for a total of 150 volunteers and 30 interns.
• Hosted the annual Love & Courage fundraiser to benefit the Emerging Playwrights Program at the National Arts Club, with performances by such renowned artists as Charles Busch and Julie Halston, Elaine Stritch, Tammy Grimes, David Amram, Vinie Burrows, and Fritz Weaver.
TNC’s commitment to artistic excellence and community access is mirrored by the fact that box office income increased by 11% compared to the 2007/08 season — without raising ticket prices! Press and media coverage of the 2008/09 season was abundant and positive. The Street Theater production “It’s the Economy, Stupid!’ was covered by four outlets (Time Out New York, Village Voice, The Villager, and Curtain Up). Other notable press included (but was not limited to) four reviews in the New York Times (King of Shadows, The Very Sad Story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, Uncle Wiggily, and The Lonely Soldier Monologues); a piece in the Village Voice about The Lonely Soldier Monologues, four reviews on nytheatre.com (No Applause, Just Throw the Money; Lysistrata’s Children; The Sourdough Philosophy, Spectacle and Circus; Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Pow-Wow); a feature about the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts in The Villager; reviews of “Sex, Drugs & Ukuleles” in Backstage and “Tomando Café” in OffOffOnline.com; an article in Spanish about Eduardo Machado’s “Paula, A Concert” in Hora Espana; and an in-depth feature article about Elodie Lauten and her Two-Cents Opera in Hyperion. In addition, Broadwayworld.com and Playbill.com covered the Love & Courage Benefit at the National Arts Club.
TNC’s “green roof” plans were covered in The Villager, with a photo of Artistic Director Crystal Field and Board Member Ed Shea on top of TNC’s roof. Finally, TNC playwright Margo Lee Sherman appeared in the Daily Egypt News, on occasion of the Egypt tour of her show “What Do I know About War?” that had its premiere at TNC in 2006.
Below is an overview of Theater for the New City’s income and expenses for the fiscal
year ended June 30, 2009:
Total Support & Revenue: $554,900
Resident Theater Program $239,967
Presenting Theater Program $84,514
Street Theater $114,283
Community Festivals $43,235
Arts in Education $23,863
General & Administrative Expenses: $116,870
Fundraising Expenses: $35,998
Net Asset Balance: $1,760,532
Board of Directors 2008/09:
Janet Cooper-Piontek, Chairwoman
Crystal Field, President
Philipp Hackett, Treasurer
Vinie Burrows, Director
Martha Coigney, Director
Dan Dietrich, Director
Myrna Duarte, Director
Joel Kupferman, Director
Michael Lopez, Director
Eduardo Machado, Director
Mark Marcante, Director
Lisa Miller, Director
Alberto Minero, Director
Donald Piontek, Director
Tim Robbins, Director
Ed Shea, Director
Mary Tierney, Director
Betsy von Furstenberg, Director
Executive Artistic Director
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
Theater for the New City
Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director
155 First Avenue
Telephone: (212) 254-1109
Tax ID #:13-2694851
Theater For The New CIty is a Not-For-Profit 501(c)3 corporation