Incubator Arts Project cultivates and presents a multi-generational community of artists who challenge the conventions of live performance by producing original work year round for NYC's residents and visitors. By offering a series of production programs that provide space, labor, technical assistance and administrative expertise, IAP supports the development and presentation of world premiere, contemporary work in the performing arts.
Incubator Arts Project is a program of Performing Artservices Inc. and is led by a team of working artists (Curators) who make creative decisions collectively in consultation with the administrative staff.
Incubator Arts Project is grateful to acknowledge the following organizations that support our work.
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
The Fund for Small Theatres, a project of A.R.T./New York
Dramatists Guild Fund
The Puffin Foundation
The Mental Insight Foundation
Incubator Arts Project was originally known as INCUBATOR and began in 2005 as a program of Richard Foreman’s legendary Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Prior to 2005, there was over a decade of ad-hoc programs serving emerging artists working experimentally including the Obie-winning Blueprint Series for emerging directors. From 2005 – 2010, the INCUBATOR program was formalized and grew significantly under the leadership of Morgan von Prelle Pecelli and Shannon Sindelar.
In 2010, INCUBATOR won an Obie grant just as the Ontological-Hysteric Theater announced it would cease operations and vacate its East Village home at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery. After much consideration, a commitment was made to continue INCUBATOR activities by making it an official program of the nonprofit arts organization, Performing Artservices Inc. INCUBATOR was renamed Incubator Arts Project and presented its first full season in 2010-2011.