Place is a non-profit organization founded in 1986
to provide a space for literary and performing artists to create
and develop new works in front of a live audience. While other venues
of its kind have since died off, or now only present established
artists, Dixon Place remains at the heart
of the New York experimental performance
scene. Taking risks is crucial to the life of Dixon Place, its artists
Dixon Place's primary commitments are to bring artists and audiences
together through live performance in order to expand the understanding
of the creative process and its final product, and to provide a
supportive environment for emerging artists to present new work.
Over the years, Dixon Place has successfully maintained
its intimate atmosphere and unique environment while increasing
its programming to fulfill the need for performance
opportunities for the New York community
of performing and literary artists.
For these artists, the only way to experiment
and test ideas, is to perform them before
an audience: to feel the reaction of a live group of people, without
the pressures of production costs and premature press exposure.
Dixon Place has grown out of a direct need for more support of the
artistic process. In spite of the growing visibility of performance
art, it is still difficult for emerging artists to find venues in
which to test new ideas and performance techniques. The financial
and professional risks for producers or presenters are too high.
Dixon Place, therefore, provides an organization that facilitates
these artistic experiments.
Dixon Place provides free rehearsal space, bulk mailing of our calendars
to artists mailing lists, technical assistance, and video documentation.
In 1989, Ellie Covan, founding director, was a recipient of a Bessie,
a New York Dance and Performance Award, for her service to the community;
and Dixon Place received a Village Voice
Obie Grant Award in 1990
and 1999. Additionally, in 1999, Dixon Place was awarded an Edwin
Booth Award for Excellence in Theater. Open Channels NY, Inc. was
founded in New York in 1982 by playwright Michael Slattery, director/composer
Jim Fritzler, and performer/ director Ellie Covan, as an organization
dedicated to fostering the development of visual, literary, and
performing artists. From 1982 to 1985 Open Channels developed and
produced a number of experimental theater projects. Through its
sponsorship of Dixon Place, Open Channels provides a supportive
venue for emerging and established artists to develop new work and
seeks to build new audiences for this work. Dixon
Place has at the heart of its mission the strong commitment to nurture
artists during the process involved in the development of new work.
Pictured (L to
R) Mimi Goese, David White, Jo Andres, Ellie Covan, David Cale,
Ann Carlson, and Holly Hughes.
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