TNC receives Quality of Life Grant


NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 22, 2024 – THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY is proud to announce that it has been awarded $24,999 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) 2023 Direct Effect 2nd Cycle Quality of Life grants. Fifty-nine grants totaling $1,271,125 were awarded. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the Quality of Life Grants Program’s inception, more than 3,770 grants totaling $43 million have been awarded. Funding for this program was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL grant #90PRRC0006-03-01).

The Reeve Foundation’s National Paralysis Resource Center has several grants under the Quality of Life program awarding grants in different category areas, varying in different amounts.

The Direct Effect grants program funds organizations to support a wide range of projects and activities that will impact individuals living with paralysis and their families.

“These awards are about restoring independence to our constituents,” said Dan McNeal, Director of, the Quality of Life Grants Program, Reeve Foundation. “Our work and number one goal are to enhance the quality of life of people living with paralysis. It is our honor to continue to collaborate with so many dedicated organizations, which have selflessly given their time and efforts to ensure that accessibility and inclusivity remain embedded in the fabric of their programs.”

Theater for the New City will use the grant for the renovation of the front doors to its space, including making them more accessible to theatergoers with paralysis and those in wheelchairs.

Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director of Theater for the New City, says: “It is both an honor and a moral support to receive a grant towards the funding of our accessible front doors, to the Theater for the new city. This project, which is funded, initially, by the Reeve Foundation, is an inspiration for further funding to complete its operation. The Reeve Foundation’s stamp of approval, augments the funding of all other grants received by Theater for the New City to complete the renovation of the front of TNC’s theater, with doors that make accessible, the charming, delightful and truly relevant theater projects taking place inside our theater. Theater for the New City, which has always welcomed wheelchair accessibility, will now be able to actually provide it. In this way, it will enlarge our audience and contribute to the ease and comfort of our Patrons.”

About the Reeve Foundation:

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. By uniting the brightest minds in the field, we are working tirelessly to accelerate scientific discoveries across the field of spinal cord research by investing in labs across the globe. Additionally, through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, the Reeve Foundation’s National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) promotes the health, well-being, and independence of people living with paralysis, providing comprehensive information, resources, and referral services assisting over 100,000 individuals and families since its launch in 2002. The Reeve Foundation is committed to elevating our community’s voices and needs to achieve greater representation and independence. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal.  For more information, please visit our website at or call 800-225-0292.

About Theater for the New City:

Theater for the New City was founded in 1970 by Crystal Field, George Bartenieff, Larry Kornfeld and Theo Barnes.Now in its 54th year, Theater for The New City is dedicated to producing established and emerging playwrights and to presenting the work of small developmental theater companies, all of whom experiment with new forms; and to expand theater accessibility and enhance the cultural dialogue though our Community Programs. Our core values guide us to:

  • Embody the vision of a center for innovative theater arts that is truly accessible to the community and its artists.
  • Discover relevant new writing and to nurture new playwrights.
  • Facilitate a bridge between playwright, experimental theater artist, and community.
  • Create spaces where new vision can breathe and be nourished by a working process not subject to commercial constraints.
  • Design systems which bring theater into the community and bring the community into the theater.
  • Engage underserved youth in theater arts in order to focus their energies on creativity and empowerment.

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Theater for the New City

Jonathan Weber
Reeve Foundation
Julia Leonard

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’s Dream Up Festival 2024


Dream Up Festival 2024

In 2010, the inaugural Dream Up Festival offered 25 shows consisting of 23 World Premieres and 2 American Premieres. The festival had reviewers from NY Times, NY Press, Show business Weekly, the Advocate, and others.

Festival performance dates: August 25 – September 15, 2024.
All performances will take place at Theater for the New City.


We prefer works that have gone unproduced in New York City, but we will consider an updated version of previously produced NYC production. To qualify for the festival, our goal is works by US and international artists as World or NYC premieres. Translations and new adaptations of known material will be acceptable.

The festival is available to both performance groups and individuals. Plays, dance theater, solo works and interdisciplinary material will all be welcome so long as they can co-exist in repertory with other productions in the festival lineup. Technical requirements and use of production effects will need to be limited. Scenic elements are welcome but one or more of these elements will have to be used in an inventive way.

ABOUT DREAM UP – TNC’s Summer Showcase

The motto of the festival is “Dream Up: Invent, Concoct.” The festival is dedicated to new works. The question of the artist’s vision to free or attack the material will be asked in each application. The festival does not want traditional theater which is presented in a traditional way. Theater for the New City wants to use this festival as a way to push ideas to the forefront with the hope of revealing roads less traveled or undiscovered. Presentation of a straightforward play must be imaginative in some way.


TNC’s 2024 summer festival known as Dream Up Festival will run August 25 to September 15, 2024.

We are accepting applications:  February 29, 2024 to May 28, 2024.

General Submissions: April 4 to May 28.  $50 certified check, cashier’s check, or money order in US Dollars payable to: Theater for the New City

All applications must be accompanied with a submission fee.

*We prefer the application materials to be emailed to and the submission fees be paid online at Dream Up Festival Call for Plays

Snail option is mailed to:
TNC’s Dream Up Festival 2024
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue New York, NY 10003

• Script/or Concept (if not text based)
• Bio Primary Artist (and Collaborators if known)/ Production History
• Brief Statement
• Synopsis of Work w/character breakdown
• Submission Form
+Submission Fee

All applicants will receive a position notice (accepted, wait listed, or not accepted) after their submissions are evaluated in spring 2024.

PLEASE SEND ALL SUBMISSION’S (scripts, bios, statements, synopsis, submission form) TO:

Any mailed submission materials submitted to the festival will NOT BE RETURNED. Sorry.


Pay online


TNC’s Dream Up Festival 2024
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Please mark your submission fee subject line with the name of your festival project.
Please contact us at if there are any questions and check out our website at Dreamup Festival Website 

Title of Submission: _____________________________
Contact Name: __________________________
Phone: _________________________________
Mailing Address:
Street: ______________________ City:______________ State:______
Zip:_______ Country
(if outside the US) :______________
Email Addresses: ___________________________________
Genre of Work (Please Mark): Dance Musical Drama
Length (Please Mark): Short One Act Full Length
Estimated Running Time in Minutes: ___________
Number of Cast / Crew: _________________________
Technical Requirements (for set, lighting, sound if known):

This piece previously had a (Please Mark):  Reading, Staged Reading, Workshop, Full Production (please tell us when and where)

Please express in a short statement (500 words max.) what makes this
inventive or what will make it inventive when presented.

Please Note: Submissions without a statement will not be considered.

Participation Info:
Theater for the New City will present a lineup of wide-ranging and original theatrical visions embracing drama, poetry, music, and dance in the summer of 2024 from performing artists representing theater and performance companies in our theater complex in downtown New York.

Tickets prices can range from $15 to $20.

TNC’s Dream Up Festival 2024 website and festival website will go under construction in late spring/early summer 2024.
Festival artists receive 60% of their box office proceeds.  TNC retains the remaining 40%.

  • All judged applicants will receive a position notice (accepted, wait listed, or not accepted) after their submissions are read.
  • Acceptances will be emailed on or about June 11, 2024.
  • Artists who are accepted will be required to submit participation documents by about June 25, 2024.
  • A non-refundable $750 participation fee will be required, in the form of a certified check, cashier’s check or money order or online payment for participating productions. No personal or company checks will be accepted.

Final Deadline to apply is May 28.

US and International artists welcome to apply.
For general inquiries: please contact us at


Theater for the New City Gallery

Viewing hours are generally from 10 AM – 10 PM

In memoriam of Vinie Burrows

“Vinie Burrows was a Stalwart and Staunch Supporter of Theater for the New City. A wonderful and very active Board member, Vinie was also, a renowned actress and a member of the United Nations as an NGO advocate for Women’s Rights. She performed many times at, and for, Theater for the New City, and is well remembered, not only for her Artistic excellence but also as a teacher and inspiration for the young writers whose future has always been in the hands of Theater for the New City. Her philosophy of inclusion included her instrumental backing of low ticket prices and TNC’s free ticket program, our After School cultural arts program-Free to neighborhood children, and the 4 major community events that TNC presents every year. The 5 borough Street theater tour of a new musical, The village Halloween Costume ball, loaded with New Theater works, the wonderful annual Love n Courage Gala and the LES-Lower East Side festival of the Arts, a 3 day event packed with theater, music, dance and film. She was a beautiful woman both inside and out. And remarkably, kept that beauty through her 99th year. Her legacy is strong and lives on. As she, herself will continue to live in our Hearts”

-Crystal Field

In memoriam of Joseph Vernon Banks

“Joseph Vernon Banks or as we knew him, “Joe” Composer, Teacher, Conductor and Great Friend to Theater for the New City, passed away this November. His Music for TNC’s annual Street theater 5-borough tour, lent grace and joy to a new Musical with book and lyrics by Crystal Field. His generosity of spirit pervaded the theater during the rehearsals and performances of each new work. In his last years, he mentored and Supported Peter Dizzoza as an up and coming composer for the Street theater. Although, sorely missed, his influence on Peter’s music will last long into the Future, and his philosophy showed itself in his Music and Greatly influenced Crystal Fields Direction in her writing. His legacy, therefore, is strong, vibrant and will continue in the years to come. His memory will remain  in the hearts of the many street theater performers that graced and will grace the outside stage of each new Operetta for the Street”

-Crystal Field

Love n’ Courage 2024

Theater for the New City’s Annual Benefit for its Emerging Playwrights Program

Monday, February 12 at 6 PM

at The Players Club • 16 Gramercy Park South

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Donation Total: $200.00

Tree Lighting at Tompkins Square Park

Join us on December 10th between 4-5 pm for the 32nd annual Tree Lighting at Tompkins Square Park. A festive celebration filled with holiday classics sung by our TNC carolers! While our Artistic Director Crystal Field adds enchantment by reciting “The Night Before Christmas.” This event is perfect for families to experience the magic of the season right in the heart of the Lower East Side!



“Anyone got Diapers? Please help out, these people are our neighbors.” -Crystal Field

The Office of Council Member Carlina Rivera is teaming up with Bellevue Hospital to collect diapers of all sizes to support families seeking asylum in our communities. Through work with local partners and supporting new neighbors, we’ve found that diapers are one of the most pressing needs for families.

We welcome diaper donations of all sizes to our office located at 254 E 4th Street, New York, NY 10009 through 5 p.m. on December 8.

TNC’s Arts-in-Education Program – FALL 2023

Our after school spring semester will begins October 16th. The Offer is only for children from the East Village and the Lower East Side neighborhoods.