Dixon Place

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161A Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002

An artistic incubator since 1986, Dixon Place is a Bessie and Obie Award-winning non-profit institution committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance, music, puppetry, circus arts, literature & visual art at all stages of development. Presenting over 1000 creators a year, this local haven inspires & encourages diverse artists of all stripes & callings to take risks, generate new ideas & consummate new practices.

The artist’s experience is given top priority through our professional atmosphere and remuneration, and their process is enhanced through the reaction of our adventurous audiences. Dixon Place is a local haven for creativity as well as an international model for the open exploration of the process of creation. If you have work that would be appropriate for Dixon Place, please read our open submissions policy.

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Full information and application form on their website:  www.dixonplace.org

What they are looking for: brand new work at all stages of development. We present theatre, dance, music, performance art, literature, puppetry, film/video, burlesque and circus arts!

Dixon Place accepts submissions year-round with a rolling deadline. Please apply on the first of the month, three months prior to the month you wish to perform. Dixon Place accepts submissions only from artists based in the NYC area.

You are only able to submit to one series at a time, so please choose the series you think is the best fit. Please do not send in more than one submission per 2-month submission period. We HIGHLY encourage you to attend a series before submitting to it so you have a sense of what sort of work the series presents.

Performance Works-in-Progress (Lounge and Mainstage) is our signature program. This series highlights new works of theatre, puppetry, performance art, music, burlesque, circus arts and interdisciplinary collaborations by artists at all stages of their careers. The goal of this series is to foster a diverse range of disciplines and perspectives and to encourage artistic risk-taking in a supportive, intimate and professional environment. Projects are presented at varying stages of development and are often on shared bills.

HOT! The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture (Lounge and Mainstage) is the longest-running festival of queer performance in the world! The festival features new works of theater, performance art, music, puppetry, visual art, burlesque, circus arts and more by emerging, mid-career & established LGBTQ artists. This year’s festival celebrates its 26th anniversary and presents over 100 queer artists six nights a week during the month of July.

Serious Fun in August! We’re doing a limited number of shows in the theater and specifically looking for fun summer fare throughout the month — energetic, light-hearted, whimsical, high-spirited, raucous.  The deadline for August submissions is June 8th.

Dance Programs (Mainstage)

Crossing Boundaries – New work by choreographers who cross cultural, geographic & disciplinary boundaries. Each evening features 4-5 choreographers showing 10-15 minutes of work.

Moving Men – This series features choreographers of all genders working with all male dancers. Each evening features 4 choreographers showing 10-20 minutes of work.

Under Exposed – This series focuses on emerging, up & coming contemporary choreographers who are refining and defining their distinctive styles. Each evening features 4 choreographers showing 10-20 minutes of work.

8 in Show – A quarterly series curated by Sangeeta Yesley that features 8 dance companies each evening, giving emerging and established choreographers of all dance forms an opportunity to showcase new, 5 – 12 minute pieces.

Fast Forward – An opportunity for choreographers working in all dance forms to workshop longer, more developed pieces that run 25 – 35 minutes. The series takes place 10 times throughout the year and features 2 choreographers or dance companies each evening on a shared bill. Each evening is curated around a theme.

Literary Programs (Lounge)

QT (Queer Text) – A literary reading series exploring the rich lives of LGBTQ people. Curated by Phillip Ammonds.

Full Productions:  Dixon Place commissions and presents seven diverse and emerging and established artists each year. Artists presents fully produced work of theater, dance, performance art, and puppetry.  Dixon Place provides four weeks of workshop time, full technical supports, publicity, marketing,financial remuneration, and a three to four week performance run. All commissions are curated and Dixon Place does not accept submissions for this program.

In addition to commissioning shows, Dixon Place offers emerging and mid-career artists the opportunity to present their work for a 3-8 night production that includes marketing, technical and administrative support, and a share of the box office.


Residency program provides emerging artists with 120 hours of workshop space, technical support & a stipend, often culminating in a work-in-progress presentation. There are three four-month residencies per year. By invitation only.

Access to Space and Resources

Dixon Place offers three available spaces for rental bookings: the theater, lounge, and rehearsal studio. The theater is Bi level structure seating up to 130 people with a maximum occupancy of 150 people.  The lounge seats approximately forty people with a portable raised stage available. The lounge has a full liquor license.  The rehearsal studio space is available for rehearsals, auditions, readings with invited audience, classes, workshop. Hourly rate for less than ten people is $10 while an audition or more than ten people runs for $20 an hour.

For more information or to book a site visit, email : rentals@dixonplace.org including the following: name, how you heard about Dixon Place, email and phone number, how many people in your group and type of use.  **Dixon Place rehearsal studio can not accommodate loud music, drums, or tap dancing **

Other Programs

The Tom Murrin Performance Award (“The Tommy”) is granted to a NYC-based early career artist or company who embodies Tom Murrin’s generous artistic spirit and gift for unearthing big, meaningful ideas by creating resourceful, exuberant, mysterious, enlightening, theatrical, luminous and remarkable performance. The award is intended to provide a transformative career opportunity to its recipient, who receives a yearlong residency, followed by a three-night run at Dixon Place and an honorarium.

Special Programs for Youth

Dixon Place has partnered with local school, community centers and arts institutions to provide artistic, social, and intellectual development opportunities. Their Cultural Education and Community Outreach (CECO) offer free performances, workshops, space, and resources for artistic expression.

Participants gain knowledge and access to creative approaches to making theater, dance, puppetry, spoken word, hip hop, visual art, film and music.  Contact Mike Griffiths mike@dixonplace.org.

Special Programs for Seniors

Dixon Place offers Senior Theater Workshops for individuals who may not have the opportunity to create and perform original work in a collaborative theatre setting. Seniors engage in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, and writing sessions. Improvisations, interviews, and explorations are used as a mean to provide additional artistic research in discovering their artistic voices. By reaching out to seniors in their neighborhood, Dixon Place believes it strengthens their mission and offers a voice that is rarely heard in the performance world.  Contact Mike Griffiths mike@dixonplace.org.  


Dixon Place offers internship opportunities to individuals looking to get involved with a non profit organization through artistic and arts administration roles. The internships available are technical administrative position, artistic and archives, graphic design, marketing, and PR and social media intern. The most important qualifications are a willingness to learn, great interpersonal skills, a flexible schedule, and a four month commitment. Dixon places offers three internship seasons, Winter, Summer, and Fall.  To apply, please email a cover letter including availability and resume to contact@dixonplace.org. Please include internship and season of interest in the subject line. Internships are paid.

Volunteer Opportunities

Dixon Place is always looking for volunteers to help as ushers, load in set materials, simple maintenance around the space and more. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out a Volunteer Inquiry form.

Physical and other Access information

The theater and restrooms at Dixon place are accessible for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility. Assistive Listening Systems that transmit sound via headsets are available upon advanced request.