Performance Space New York provides incomparable experiences for audiences by presenting and commissioning artists whose work challenges boundaries of live performance. Performance Space New York is dedicated to supporting the creative risks taken by artists from diverse genres, cultures and perspectives. We are an innovative local, national and international leader in contemporary performance.
Founded as Performance Space 122, in 1980, from an explosion of radical self-expression amidst the intensifying American culture wars, Performance Space New York is the birthplace of contemporary performance as it is known today. The early acts that defined the organization’s unique role in New York cultural history asserted themselves as living, fleeting, and crucially affordable alternatives to mainstream art and culture of the 1980s and early 90s. Emboldened by the inclusive haven of a tight knit group of artists, performers like Penny Arcade, Ron Athey, Ethyl Eichelberger, Karen Finley, Spalding Gray, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Holly Hughes, John Kelly, John Leguizamo, Tim Miller, and Carmelita Tropicana, among many others, engaged in radical experimentation and created hybrid works that existed somewhere between dance, theater, poetry, ritual, film, technology and music.
Open Arts LES 2020 Interview
In a city like New York City, with so many artists and so many opportunities, my job is to keep focused and really bring us into the future… We pride ourselves on being an artist-centric organization. We were founded by artists, and we’re here to make artists’ dreams possible. – Jenny Schlenzka
Performance Space New York offers residency and performance opportunities. Community members are encouraged to apply or serve as audience members for these opportunities. They also offer weekly community workshops. Schedule available on their website. Open Room – a publicly accessible space for community to gather, work, hang, or rest is open thursdays through Sundays from 12-6pm.
For more information on Performance Space New York programs and opportunities, visit their website.