2019 - 2021 Kitchen Sink Cohort
Theatre Row’s newly created Kitchen Sink Residency provides a diverse group of five emerging performing arts companies a two-year commitment of space and support – as well as a sustained artistic home base – as they create and present a new, never-before-produced work.
The Kitchen Sink Residency is designed for New York-based nonprofit companies and artist collectives with budgets under $200,000 and 5-15 years of production history. Theatre Row supports these companies as they build a new work in Theatre One – first, in a workshop showing in the Kitchen Sink Festival (Summer 2020), and then in a World Premiere production (Spring 2021).
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Theatre Row is excited to build on its history as a home for a wide range of work. With the Kitchen Sink Residency, we are creating space for developing companies to grow, take risks, and discover new audiences off-Broadway.
2019 - 2021 Kitchen Sink Cohort
The Assembly — In Corpo
Music, Story and Lyrics by Nate Weida
Book, Story and Lyrics Ben Beckley
Directed by Jess Chayes
Scenic Design by Nic Benacerraf
Dramaturgy by Stephen Aubrey
Costume Design by Kate Fry
Sound Design by Asa Wember
Drawing freely from works by Franz Kafka and Herman Melville, with an innovative electro-pop, folk/funk score, In Corpo is a new musical created by The Assembly about a dystopian corporate workplace in the near-future. When a stranger arrives at Sector 13-G, Corpo Corporation’s iron-clad, off-center authoritarianism begins to rupture.
Broken Box Mime Theater — Capacity
Created and performed by The BKBX Company
Artistic Director Becky Baumwoll
Capacity explores the human body’s capacity as a vessel for communication through a dozen short-form pieces investigating physical and theoretical “volume,” how spaces take on characteristics, and the human capacity for change.
LubDub Theatre Company — On the Lawn
Co-Conceived and Co-Directed by Caitlin Nasema Cassidy and Geoff Kanick
Dramaturgy by Robert Duffley
Choreography by Mayte Natalio
Spend a day in America’s backyard. From the “outdoor carpets” of early modern Europe to the contemporary eco-politics of “freedom lawns” and #droughtshaming, On the Lawn traces the roots of this most peculiar invention through installation art, music, and movement.
Noor Theatre — First Down
Written by SEVAN
North Carolina native George Berri has become a national sports sensation, beloved hometown hero, and one of the NFL’s best players. But he’s about to create a perfect storm of personal, professional and political conflict as he wrestles with the decision to come out as an Arab-Muslim during the Superbowl by praying to Allah after scoring a touchdown.
Superhero Clubhouse — Mammelephant
Written by Lanxing Fu
Music by Treya Lam and Serena Ebony Miller
Sound Design by Eva von Schweinitz
Co-Created by Sergio Botero, William Cook, Lanxing Fu, Treya Lam, Serena Ebony Miller, Jeremy Pickard, and Eva von Schweinitz
A time-warping musical play exploring otherness and displacement in the era of climate change, Mammelephant is told through the eyes of the world’s first mammoth-elephant hybrid and generations of female ancestors as they tumble through the history of humanity’s changing relationship to nature. Inspired by Pleistocene Park, a real-life geoengineering experiment to prevent the Arctic permafrost from thawing by recreating an Ice Age ecosystem, the play follows the “mammelephant” as she tries to make a hopeful future for herself in a place where everything – knowledge, identity, even the ground beneath her feet – is unstable.
Artistic Advisory Committee
This committee, whose members span a wide range of identities, cultural communities, art disciplines and institutions, selected a group of companies representative of the incredible breadth and depth of NYC’s performance community, for whom the Kitchen Sink opportunity fulfills an urgent need.
Andy Hamingson, Chair – Founder and Producer, ADH Theatricals; Founder & Principal, AD Hamingson & Associates; Former Executive Director of St. Ann’s Warehouse and The Public Theater
Chase Brock – Choreographer and Artistic Director, The Chase Brock Experience
Rachel Karpf – Artistic Producer, WP Theatre
Nidia Medina – Associate Producer, Theater for a New Audience
Handan Ozbilgin – Associate Artistic Director, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
Drew Petersen – Artistic Director, Trusty Sidekick
Alyssa Simmons – Associate General Manager, The Public Theater
Kit Yan – Playwright, Poet, Musical Theater Writer, and Co-Founder of TransLab
Moe Yousuf – Associate Artistic Director, Target Margin Theater
Sarah Hughes, Director of Artistic Programming
Stephanie Rolland, Director of Theatre Operations
Interested in applying?
The Kitchen Sink Residency runs on a two-year cycle. Applications for the 2021-2023 Kitchen Sink Residency will become available in Spring 2021. Check back here for more information soon.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.