Creating a Beautiful Theatre Space for Homeless Children

New York, New York

Desired Services
Facilities Needs Assessment,Capital Campaign Materials

Project Description

We are in need of a volunteer interior designer/architect who can design a streamlined organizational system and space plan for a non-profit theatre and community center that serves homeless children and the broader NYC arts community.

The Actors Theatre Workshop occupies a 5000 square foot space at 145 W. 28th St. From this location, we conduct a diverse range of programs for theatre artists, business professionals, and homeless NYC youth. We built our current facility in 1990 through the community effort of volunteers who believed in our mission and came together to build a beautiful space designed to meet our program needs. Over the past 24 years, this space has served us well, but as our mission has grown, and times have changed, we've found ourselves with new needs that require innovative, new design solutions.

One of our proudest accomplishments is our commitment to uplifting homeless children and their families. For 19 years, ATW has offered its award-winning Builders of the New World theatre and education program. In 1995 we were commissioned by the Department of Youth Services to create a program that met the needs of homeless children. Since its inception, BNW has been recognized by every city council, and each mayor and borough president for its great value to the city, individual families and community participants.

For the children in BNW, the Actors Theatre Workshop is a harbor of stability and warmth in a world full of uncertainty. We want our facilities to reflect the sense of order and comfort our programs provide, so creating a home-like atmosphere has always been a priority. A clean, comfortable space also draws rental clients from the theatre and business communities,who help cover the costs of our community outreach programming by renting our studio and theatre spaces.

For these reasons, the condition of our space is crucial to both the philosophical and the financial integrity of the Actors Theatre Workshop. In advance of the upcoming session of our Builders of the New World program, ATW would like to refurbish and streamline our space so that we can continue to serve as a haven for homeless children, and also better fit the needs of our rental clients. This project will involve a wide range of improvements, including a redesign of our theatre to improve seating and flow, updates to our volunteer work-spaces to make them more modern and comfortable, and the installation of a handicap accessible restroom.

As we near our 25th anniversary, we want to ensure we have a foundation in place that can support 25 more years of essential arts programs and community outreach. By helping us to renovate our beautiful home, you would be making a critical contribution to that foundation and to the future of the Actors Theatre Workshop.

We would like to complete the planning phase of the project by July 31.