As an off-off Broadway theatre, performance and art venue, HERE fosters an artist-centered community and provides space for creative development and incubation, while offering audiences affordable and accessible live performance and visual art experiences. HERE is dedicated to nurturing career artists in the development of experimental and hybrid performative works that lie at the intersections of theatre, dance, music, puppetry, new media, and visual art.
This is done primarily by supporting and offering artist-led work that is developed through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), and its respective activities and programming. HARP is designed to support 9-11 artists over a 2-3 year residency which includes career guidance, design residencies, work-in-progress showings, and monthly artist meetings. HARP artists also receive $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in space and resources, as well as the opportunity to participate in CULTUREMART, an annual festival showcasing new HARP works in development in which audiences are invited to provide feedback and contribute to the development of new works.
Additional HERE offerings include the PROTOTYPE Festival, an annual showcase of contemporary opera and music-theatre. HERE’s Dream Music Puppetry Program, one of just a few programs of its kind, commissions highly produced contemporary adult puppetry works. HERE’s SubletSeries is a curated rental program that provides independent artists and companies with the space to rehearse and present works while providing them with technical assistance and other professional services. Furthermore, HERE serves as a space for visual art exhibitions, providing emerging visual artists with the space to show works that will engage a variety of audiences in its highly visible Lower Manhattan location. Lastly, HERE is unwavering it its commitment to maintain access and affordability for audiences regardless of class, gender, race, socioeconomic access, or artistic literacy. This is done through competitively low ticket prices and a variety of discount and free ticket offerings through the accesHERE program, which provides 10,000 free or discounted tickets each year.
In short, HERE seeks to serve the voices of those not served by other venues and whose voices may otherwise not be heard. We intend to build and invest in a community and family of artists, audiences, and staff in which art is integrated into daily life. It is our hope that HERE provide a space to witness live art and performance while presenting work that interrogates traditional notions of genre through experimental methods and mediums. Moreso, we offer opportunities to engage with provocative, challenging, and timely content and the means to engage with such and one another in potentially transformative ways.