wild project, our beautiful, eco-friendly, and nonprofit 89-seat theatre in New York City’s East Village, that partners with and supports over 100 amazing artists in theater, dance, music and film in a normal year, desperately needs your help to survive. The Pause on live-audience is depleting wild project’s resources and putting the theatre at-risk to close. We want everyone to be safe, unfortunately, we rely heavily on having live audiences and that’s why we’re asking for your help now! Our goal is to make it through the Pause to keep doing what wild project’s been doing since 2007, which is supporting local artists and giving our Resident companies a home where they have the freedom and support for productions.
Led by producing artistic director Ana Mari de Quesada, a member of both BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities, wild project is special to many diverse communities and the East Village neighborhood. We pride ourselves on being a “Mom and Pop” theatre, and our mission is to make sure many underrepresented artists have a home. We’re very happy the latest government help has passed, and we hope the money gets to all who need it. But the new bill might not help out nonprofit theaters, and it could be months before any help gets to New York’s nonprofit theaters, if it gets here at all! Without your support right now, we’re in serious danger of becoming a statistic of Covid, another internet article with a photo.
We’ve been here for over 13 years; in that time wild project became the Resident home of Clubbed Thumb, Dutch Kills Theater, Poetic Theater Productions, Fresh Fruit Festival and artists Dael Orlandersmith, Cyrus Aaron, Helena D. Lewis, and Jill Pangallo who create important work.
We could go on about how difficult it’s been, but it’s best to listen to Ana Mari and the artists who we’ve supported over the years to share with you why wild project is so special to them. Please take a few short minutes to watch and listen. Your donation - even if it’s $5 - will have a huge impact on helping wild project stay open!
We hope to see everyone through NYC’s Open Culture program in March but in the meantime here’s what we’ve been doing and how your donation will help us!
Reasons to Donate?
We’ll continue to give free space and money to BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and female artists.
We’ll remain the Resident home to Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks, Fresh Fruit Festival, Dutch Kills Theater and Poetic Theater Productions’ Poetic License.
We’re an Eco-Conscious Theatre! We have solar panels and a green roof. Being nice to the environment is so important to us!
We started the East Village Queer Film Festival and we co-produce the International Human Rights Art Festival!
Our gallery curates the work of many underrepresented visual artists in New York.
How Will Your Donation be Used?
Rent - It’ll help us pay our rent to stay open!
Safety - We put together a plan to install Covid safety measures and outdoor seating. For what we are able to currently produce & when we re-open!
Other Bills - utilities, maintenance, insurance, cleaning services.
Support - It will help Ana Mari be there for the artists! Ana Mari has over 20 years of experience in theater. Every artist and production that comes to wild project gets Ana Mari’s knowledge, care and passion to help them succeed!
What Else Are We Doing Right Now?
We launched wild project TV, a new program that co-produces films, episodic’s and live-streams for virtual distribution. Here’s what’s already out and what’s coming in 2021!
*We launched wildprojectTV!
*Producing a live-stream event with Nora Burns starting in January!
*Co-producing Tether, a dance film in post-production, coming in February
*Co-producing a new film with artist Cyrus Aaron in March
*A gallery show by visual artist Kerem Smith Stone in March
*Co-producing a film production of Happy Days by Samuel Becket with Nico Krell coming in March
*Co-producing and filming a new episodic by Adrienne Truscott
*David Cale will debut a new visual art show in our gallery this Spring!
**We're very excited to announce we're developing and filming an original LGBTQIA+ on-demand series by writer Grant James Varjas premiering this summer!
We're really proud of all our upcoming projects! But we need to make it the next few months. If we meet our goal, it’ll get us to the point that we can reopen, which we hope will be this fall!
Sadly, at least 5 amazing NYC theater venues have closed since Covid-19 hit. Our great city has lost so many parts of itself during the Covid-19 shutdown. It's been painful for many businesses in all sectors and several that have been an important part of our city have closed for good. We hope our wonderful, supportive fellow New Yorkers and everyone who cares about the arts can help us rise to meet this challenge. Thank you so much and please share!
Donations of $50 or more receive free wild project swag of their choice, t-shirt, hat or tumbler!
Still thinking about donating and want to know more about what we’ve done? Please check out some of our archives here - Clubbed Thumb produced What The Constitution Means to Me, at wild project in 2017; the critically acclaimed Spaceman produced by Loading Dock Theatre in 2018; Witch Camp in 2019; East Village Queer Film Festival in 2018; and the CURRENT Sessions in 2018.