PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, now celebrating its seventh year, is an annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York City and around the world. The festival is the only one of its kind in the United States – presenting fully produced premieres, national and international presentations, and work-in-progress showings of original genre-bending works by both emerging and career artists from the contemporary classical opera-theatre and music-theatre idiom. Focusing on innovative, mostly chamber-scale works, PROTOTYPE shows opera like it’s never been seen before: high-tech, edgy, and up-close. Following the smashing success of its first five seasons, PROTOTYPE’s visionary line-up has quickly become a can’t-miss annual tradition.

PROTOTYPE has produced and presented 129 performances, shared the work of more than 400 local, national, and international artists, exposed visionary work to more than 15,000 people, and filled 22 stages across multiple boroughs of New York City. It has unleashed a powerful wave of opera-theatre and music-theatre from a new generation of classical and post-classical composers and librettists, and as Opera News proclaimed, “has become a major leader in opera theatre for the twenty-first century."

Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) identifies and supports the work of emerging and established composers which take the form of opera-theatre, music-theatre, multi-media concert works, and new forms waiting to be discovered.

Founded in 2006 to identify and support the work of emerging and established composers and their multi-media collaborators, Beth Morrison Projects encourages risk-taking, creating a structure for developing new work that is unique to the artist and where artists feel safe to experiment and push boundaries. Noted as a composers’ producer that “is a big underground force on the New York scene, developing events that transcend styles and genres (The New Yorker),” to date the company has commissioned, developed, and produced more than eighteen premiere opera and other music-theatre pieces that have been performed around the globe. The Wall Street Journal said, "Ms. Morrison may be immortalized one day as a 21st-century Diaghilev, known for her ability to assemble memorable collaborations among artists." Current and upcoming projects include works by composers Eve Beglarian, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, David Lang, David T. Little, Keeril Makan, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Tod Machover, Paola Prestini, Erik Sanko, Ted Hearne, Zhou Long, and more, with directors Annie Dorsen, Diane Paulus, Yuval Sharon, and Robert Woodruff. Projects have been performed in numerous premier venues around the world including Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Kitchen, Performance Space 122, Lincoln Center, The Walker Art center, The Barbican, The Beijing Music Festival, The New York Musical Theater Festival, and more.

BMP has garnered support from the Map Fund, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, JP Morgan Chase fund, New England Foundation for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid-Atlantic Foundation, and Puffin Foundation.

Since 1993, HERE has been one of New York’s premier arts organizations and a leader in producing and presenting new, hybrid performance work. Over 18 years, HERE has come to occupy a unique and essential place in the landscape of downtown live arts, and to be known as a home both for risk-taking artists in all disciplines, and for their adventurous audiences. HERE has served thousands of emerging to mid-career artists developing bold new hybrid performances, which are cross-disciplinary works that challenge existing boundaries among media and forms of expression. In the face of cookie-cutter art making, HERE has created a commissioning, development and production model that addresses many of the challenges faced by artists working in these hybrid forms. HERE makes it possible for artists to work at varied levels or scales, depending on what they individually need for their project, and to do it within a community of fellow artists who provide peer support and inspiration through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). One major focus is on hybrid music- theatre/opera works, often involving multi-media and other genres such as dance and film. Recent examples are Corey Dargel’s Removable Parts (2007 & 2009), Christina Campanella & Stephanie Fleischmann’s Red Fly/Blue Bottle (2009), Nick Brooke’s Border Towns (2010), Yoav Gal’s Mosheh (2011), and upcoming, Kamala Sankaram’s Miranda (2012), Joe Diebes’ Botch, Stephan Weisman & David Cote’s The Scarlet Ibis, Hai-Ting Chinn’s Science Fair, and Bora Yoon’s Weights & Balances.

Praised by the New York Times as “the model for the cutting-edge arts spaces of tomorrow,” HERE has received two OBIE grants for artistic achievement and a 2006 Edwin Booth Award (“for Outstanding Contribution to NY Theatre”) from the CUNY Graduate Center. Our works have also garnered 16 OBIE Awards, five Drama Desk nominations, four NY Innovative Theatre Awards, a Bessie Award, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. In 2005, with the support of FJC, a foundation of donor-advised funds, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the City of New York, HERE purchased its long-time home as part of our five-year, $5.5 million “Secure HERE’s Future” campaign. With our full-scale renovations completed in June 2008, thanks to additional generous support from the City of New York, HERE is moving forward with great momentum to expand its role as a downtown haven for the best in new contemporary live art.