Past & Future

For over three decades, Performance Space 122 has been a hub for contemporary performance and an active member of the cultural community in NYC and across the globe. Under the curato¬rial vision of Mark Russell (1985–2005) and Vallejo Gantner (2005–present), PS122 has developed a set of programs designed to sustain the creative process for artists throughout their career and provide extraordinary experiences for our audiences, in all their diversity. Our goal is to inspire critical thinking and connect performance with the larger cultural eco-system of both New York City and the world, and by doing so re-establish the value of live performance. Through partnering with peer organizations as well as contemporary institutions who share our belief in the cultural importance of live performance, PS122 currently commissions and presents artists in all disciplines in spaces all over the city during an annual fall & spring season and COIL festival in January.

Founded in 1980 by Charles Dennis, Tim Miller, Charles Moulton, and Peter Rose, in what was then an abandoned public school building, Performance Space 122 is proud to have brought forward not only artists, like John Leguizamo, Jonathan Ames, Eric Bogosian, the Blue Man Group and Annie Dorsen who have gone on to make waves in commercial arenas on Broadway or at HBO, but also artists who have triggered national debate about political and ethical issues, like the original “NEA four”, Ethyl Eichelberger (HIV/AIDS activist) and Young Jean Lee, as well as artists who have radicalized aesthetic form like Meredith Monk, Spalding Gray, Richard Maxwell, Tina Satter, Andrew Schneider, Rabih Mroué (Lebanon), Cuqui Jerez (Spain), and Mariano Penscotti (Argentina).

In 2013, PS122’s East Village home began a much-needed interior renovation supported by the City of New York, Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Design and Construction. We are invigorated by the prospect of this multi-year journey and the re-opening of our custom designed theater spaces. These column-free, larger spaces raise the roof to feature a two story high ceiling allowing for more agency for artists and more expansive experiences for our audiences.

In preparation for our grand re-opening in the summer of 2016, PS122 has launched “Give Performance Space” (GPS) – a major fundraising campaign to spur PS122’s growth during one of the most exciting periods in our history. GPS will increase our capacity to better serve the artists and audiences of New York City during a four-year transition period that includes two years of planning and outfitting and our critical first two seasons in our new home. GPS will provide capacity-building funds to allow us to take full advantage of our beautiful new spaces and lay the groundwork for long-term sustainability. GPS is critical to our success artistically, financially and organizationally as a growing leader within the cultural ecology of New York City.

  • Here are the @obieawards winners from the @villagevoice & @AmericanTheatre! http://t.co/uWHOx0JbEK

  • RT @glassghost00: In case you missed our @PS122 performance at Lincoln Center last week you can stream it here: http://t.co/rCh5XbAy5a

  • RT @hyperjetlag: Very proud of @helloandrewjs, @PS122 and @theinvisibledog tonight. #ObieAward. Andrew fought for his dream of that show so…

  • The inimitable @peter_musante accepting the @obieawards for @helloandrewjs. #YOUARENOWHERE literally.… https://t.co/K5tjv3DgdQ

  • RT @helloandrewjs: I won an Obie! Amazing! @ps122 @obieawards @peter_musante @hyperjetlag #iloveyou https://t.co/ocjuGf6I3y

  • @theinvisibledog @helloandrewjs @obieawards congrats to you, Lucien. ID is a gem that should be celebrated!

  • RT @theinvisibledog: Congrats to @helloandrewjs and @PS122 on their @obieawards for #YouAreNoWhere presented at ID in January 2015 #coil ht…

  • So proud of the many past & current @PS122 artists who've won @obieawards 2night. This community is gracious. So honored to celebrate you!

  • Sometimes people get what they deserve. @helloandrewjs just got what he deserved from @BillyCrudup. Congrats. @obieawards #OBIEaward

  • Our very own @helloandrewjs wins the #obieaward for being the most technological piece of theater #outhere. #fuckyes #soproud @obieawards

  • Billy Crudup gives "Andrew Schneider" the @obieawards! Cc: @helloandrewjs @theinvisibledog #soproud… https://t.co/tGgecH58KH

  • Fuck yeah! @catchseries takes an #obieaward! #freebeerliveson They deserve it!

  • So happy to be at the #obieawardsnottampons with @LeaDeLariaBR

  • Sending light 'n' love with our new blog on @RoyalOsiris and their LUV Pavilion! Peace. http://t.co/1kmGpX3ZDY

  • RT @JimmyVanBramer: Today initiates the development of a Cultural Plan that will increase access to the arts to all New Yorkers. http://t.c…

  • RT @hyperjetlag: LIVE on #Periscope: #glassghost @ps122 https://t.co/lDbmFBDsUP

  • Life is for the living. #glassghost live! @lcatrium #atrium @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center https://t.co/wEaXVBx7K9

  • RT @hyperjetlag: It's live! @PS122 @glassghost00 @LincolnCenter and our very own @alexmreeves make Lyfe... Stream it here. http://t.co/0C8Y…

  • RT @bevinross: LIVE on #Periscope: #glassghost @ps122 https://t.co/tsqodfY8hE

  • Tonight! @glassghost00 at @LCAtrium! Can't make it? Livestream it! http://t.co/3gL87atQNV #OUTHERE

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