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R & D @ T R T

Research and development at the riverside theatre

 

Making Space

 

As part of our mission to amplify essential stories, and provide equitable access to the voices that tell them, TRT is launching a Research and Development Initiative. R&D @ TRT makes space for theater-makers and other performing artists from underrepresented groups to experiment, innovate, and present new work.

Have a play you’re working on? A musical composition? A rough cut of a film? A burgeoning dance company or chamber orchestra? Perhaps the most persistent and basic challenge to producing and developing new work is finding affordable, well-equipped, clean, and accessible rehearsal spaces and performance venues—especially in New York City. But before you spend a bunch of creative energy figuring out how to crowdfund, or apply for a grant (or before you start looking for more affordable spaces out of town), consider this:

R&D @ TRT is making space for you.

 
 

Wherever you are in the development process, we can make space where you can take your work to the next level. R&D @ TRT provides subsidized access for underrepresented voices to use our fully-equipped, fully-staffed, 250-seat, proscenium theater.


We’ve designed several package rates based on typical needs for different types of projects at different stages in their development processes. Find the one that works best for you, and contact us to see if you qualify to

 

Have some Stage Time.

If you need a rehearsal space that isn’t a cramped studio with a tap class on the other side of a thin wall, we’ve got you covered. Come get up on your feet on our stage. Stage Time rates are for private rehearsals only—no public presentations—and include:

  • one 5-hour day

  • one dedicated technician

 
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R&D @ TRT Stage Time rate: $800

($350 off public rate, starting January 2020-March 2020)


Host a One-Time Thing.

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Are you used to hosting your one-time public performances and events in rehearsal studios, random galleries, warehouses beyond the reach of the MTA, or a friend of a friend’s vacation home somewhere out of town? We’re just up in Morningside Heights, we’ve got a stage, and we’re holding space for you. Bring us your one-night events—panel discussions, cabarets, comedy nights, poetry slams, benefit shows, lectures, concerts, recitals, and the like. One-Time Thing rates include:

  • one 4-hour day including public presentation

  • Full crew and front-of-house services

    R&D @ TRT One-Time Thing rate: $1200

    ($400 off public rate, starting January 2020-March 2020)


Have some Screen Time.

Working on a web-series, short film, documentary, etc, and want to get some public exposure that isn’t just sharing clips on social media or making friends watch on your laptop when they come over to your place? Give your work the big screen it deserves on our 36x16 foot cyc with our NEC PA621X Projector. Screen Time rates include:

  • one 4-hour day including public presentation

  • can include panel discussion, Q&A, talk-back, focus group, etc

  • full crew including box office/front of house services

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R&D @ TRT Screen Time rate: $1000

($300 off public rate)


Do a Reading.

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Bring a new script or a new revision to our stage. You need to see and hear your words in action and get feedback from a real-life audience and we’ve got just the space. Reading rates include:

  • one 8-hour day including public presentation

  • basic lights, music stands, chairs, and mics with piano available

  • one dedicated technician and box office/front of house services

    R&D @ TRT Reading rate: $1500

    ($500 off public rate)


Have a Show Day.

Have a show ready for the full treatment? Bring your play, musical, opera, dance concert or any other live performance piece to our stage. Rehearse and set tech during the day and welcome your audience to a full production that night. Show Day rates include:

  • one 8-hour day including public presentation

  • full lights and sound included with piano and projector available

  • full crew including box office/front of house services

  • offer good for one-day rentals Sunday-Thursday

 
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R&D @ TRT Show Day rate: $2,000

($1,400 off public rate,starting January 2020-March 2020)


Make the most of 29 hours.

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We’ve got a rate specifically designed for use with AEA’s 29-Hour reading agreement. If you want to rehearse and present your reading on a real proscenium stage instead of under florescent lights in a rehearsal hall, or in a dirty basement black-box somewhere, join us at TRT. 29 Hour rates include:

  • up to five 6-hour rehearsal days

  • up to two 4-hour presentation days

  • rehearsals and presentation days do not have to be consecutive but must all be within a 14-day period

  • one dedicated technician and box office/front of house services

  • basic lights, music stands, chairs, and mics with piano available

    R&D @ TRT 29 Hour rate: $6,000

    ($5,000 off public rate, starting Summer 2020)


Have a Festival Week.

If you’ve ever wanted to organize a whole week of programming you’ve probably realized that weekly rental rates for theater spaces in Manhattan are generally prohibitively high. But before you start looking at theaters in Jersey, Pennsylvania, up-state or wherever else, come check out TRT. Together we can help bring new theater festivals back to Manhattan. Our special subsidized Festival Week rates include:

  • seven-day private rental for a combination of rehearsals/public presentations

  • up to 16-hour days with a total of 112 hours maximum

  • one dedicated technician and full box office/front of house services

  • full lights and sound included with piano and projector available

 
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R&D @ TRT Festival Week rate: $25,000

($20,000 off public rate, starting February 2020-March 2020)


Click TAKE UP SPACE below to check our availability calendar and submit a quote request.

Simply note in the final text field that you want to take advantage of our R&D Initiative.

 
 
 

 

we do not accept script submissions

 

 

we encourage first-time producers to submit