Archive Collective


IRT Theater is thrilled to announce a new partnership with HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). One of the most robust residency programs in the country, HARP provides a commission, development support, and a full production to hybrid artists. IRT will assist HERE in providing HARP artists with a 2 to 3 year commitment of space, artistic support, and institutional continuity, for the development and presentation of new work, all completely free for the artists.

This is an uncertain time for theater. We have seen many time-honored organizations, large and small, close their doors or drastically cut their programming. The Archive Collective at IRT is dedicated to supporting emerging artists in their endeavor to create new work. We at IRT hope that our work with HERE is only phase one of this support for artists, and that over time, we can form partnerships with additional organizations to support as many artists as possible. The time is now. This is only the beginning for the Archive Collective.

Our opening partnership and first resident Nia Ostrow Witherspoon’s PRIESTESS OF TWERK: A BLACK FEMME TEMPLE TO PLEASURE + WISDOM SCHOOL

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts. A.R.T./New York’s NYC Small Theatres Fund made possible with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation & support for ASL interpretation provided in part through funding from Access A.R.T./New York.