Since 1993, HERE has been one of New York’s most prolific arts organizations. Today, it stands at the forefront of the city’s cultural scene, producing and presenting daring, new, multidisciplinary performance experiences.
From our home in Lower Manhattan, HERE builds an inclusive community that nurtures artists of all backgrounds as they disrupt conventional expectations to create innovative performances in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media, and visual art. By providing these genre-blending artists with an adaptive, flexible home for developing and producing their work, we share a range of perspectives reflective of the complexity of our city. HERE welcomes curious audiences to witness groundbreaking performances, responsive to the world in which we live, at free and affordable prices.
HERE strives to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive home in which all people have fair access to the resources they need to realize their visions. We acknowledge structural inequities that exclude individuals and communities from opportunities based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, and geography, and seek to counter those inequities in our work. Through mindful actions on sustainability and regenerative practices, we work toward climate justice, and a safe, livable planet for present and future artmakers and audiences.
Founded in 1993 by four artists — Kristin Marting, Tim Maner, Barbara Busackino, and Randy Rollison — HERE was envisioned as a welcoming, safe environment that could attract and launch a variety of artists. Since its inception, HERE has been home to such acclaimed artists and works as Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge, Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle’s all wear bowlers, Young Jean Lee’s Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, James Scruggs’ Disposable Men, Corey Dargel’s Removable Parts, Robin Frohardt’s The Pigeoning, Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique, and Looking at You by Rob Handel, Kristin Marting and Kamala Sankaram. We have produced and presented over 1,200 original works; served over 15,000 artists; and welcomed over 1,000,000 audience members. HERE’s work and artists have received 16 OBIE Awards, 2 OBIE Grants and a CUNY Booth Award for artistic achievement, 2 Berilla Kerr Awards, 4 NY Innovative Theatre Awards, 2 Bessie Awards, 2 Pulitzer Prizes, 1 Pulitzer nomination, 6 Drama Desk nominations, 2 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowships and most recently, 7 Tony nominations. HERE remains on “Best Off-Off Broadway” theatre lists across New York City. In 2005, with the support of the City of New York and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, HERE purchased its 9,000-square-foot longtime home with two performance spaces, a lounge, and gallery. With full-scale renovations completed in 2008 and 2011, thanks to significant support from the City of New York, HERE continues to stand as a pillar of the now burgeoning Hudson Square neighborhood.
HERE’s core annual audience consists of approximately 30,000 20-40 somethings. We produce work that is affordable, challenging and alternative—offering our audiences the opportunity to feel that they are part of something new and fresh. Key elements of our performance programming are designed to allow the public to have as many access points to the development of original art as possible through work-in-progress showings, workshop productions, post-show artist talkbacks, informal discussions in our café and full productions.
Kristin Marting (she/her) is HERE’s Founding Artistic Director and a director of hybrid work based in NYC. As Artistic Director, she cultivates artists and programs all events for two performance spaces for an annual audience of 30,000. She co-created and co-curates HARP, HERE’s Artist Residency Program. She has constructed 30 works for the stage (9 original hybrid works, 7 opera-theatre and music-theatre works, 9 adaptations of novels & short stories and 5 classic plays), most recently Only You Will Recognize the Signal with Kamala Sankaram and Rob Handel. Other recent projects include Silent Voices at BAM, IDIOT with Robert Lyons; Bombay Rickey, an opera cabaret also in Prototype; Trade Practices, an immersive theatrical experience where the audience determines value. She also directed Sounding and Dead Tech (collaborative works adapted from Ibsen), both of which received prestigious MAP Fund awards. She was recently named a nytheatre.com Person of the Decade for outstanding contribution, a Leader to Watch by Art Table and honored with a BAX10 Award. Kristin is also co-director of PROTOTYPE: opera theatre now, an annual festival of contemporary opera-theatre and music theatre works, which she co-founded with Beth Morrison and Kim Whitener. Visit Kristin’s website here. Kristin is happy to meet with any artist that wants to learn more about HERE and share their work. Schedule a 30-minute Zoom meeting here.
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Amanda Szeglowski (she/her) is a New York City-based writer, director and choreographer and has called HERE home for 13 years. She is an alumna of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) and Founder/Artistic Director of cakeface, an all-womxn, Bessie Award-winning contemporary American dance-theatre company. Breaking the mold since 2008, cakeface makes darkly humorous work about human existence. cakefaceart.com
Photo by Maria Baranova
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Remi Harris (she/her) is a Barbados born and Brooklyn bred multidisciplinary dance artist, arts administrator, and curator with a particular focus on new media and social dance. She has a deep love of candy, horror movies, and long days at the beach. Full bio at remitharris.com
Sungah (she/her) is HERE’s general manager with a passion for cultivating multidisciplinary arts
companies that support artists and serve communities. Prior to HERE, she worked at a wide variety of industries ranging from entertainment and financial services to education and nonprofit.
Ariana is an arts administrator, singer-songwriter, musician, and copy editor who is passionate about experimental new works. She is usually found discussing her deep love of corgis.
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Aside from being HERE’s Audience Services Manager, Richard Stauffacher (he/him) is an artist, teacher, musician, and ardent provider and consumer of baked goods.
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Cole (he/him) has been a Production Stage Manager in New York and for regional theaters for the last 20+ years. Can be found sharing laughs and coffee in “Cole’s Coffee Corner” downstairs at HERE.
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Alex (he/him) is HERE’s Bay Area born Technical Director. Aside from cultivating creative arts, Alex has a passion for cooking, spending time in nature, and traveling as often as he can.
Haley (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based theatre artist whose practice includes directing, performing, producing, and arts administration with an emphasis on accessibility. Haley is a proud Jewish woman whose passions include painting, interior design, and fostering dogs.
Chiaoyi (she/her) is a theatre producer, playwright, and arts administrator from Taiwan. She is a newly minted alumna of the Performing Arts Administration grad program at NYU. Besides HERE, she is a member of a book club for anything theatre-related and a collective for emerging women-identified artists.
Ayumu Poe Saegusa
Ayumu Poe Saegusa is a lighting designer. He originally wanted to be a historian in Tokyo; however, he has been providing his lighting design to HERE for 15 years in New York. Life is so interesting and fun.
Dan Halm is a New York based artist, curator, writer and surveyor of beauty. He has curated numerous exhibitions both domestically and internationally, including “UNEARTHED” (co-curated with Geo Gonzalez) at Rockelmann& (Berlin) which was named a critics pick by Artforum in 2016.
Michael Champness (Treasurer)
Kristin Marting (Founding Artistic Director)
Kevin Matthews (Vice Chair)
Kamala Sankaram (Secretary)
Jennifer Suh Whitfield (Chair)
Rooted in HERE’s mission and values, the board and staff are invested in launching a new structure where HERE will be led by three Co-Directors. These three Co-Directors will all be part of the artistic life of HERE through the curation and support for HERE artists, and their ability to further the work, mission and reputation of HERE through their own artistic practice.
HERE is hiring two new Co-Directors to come into the organization starting in May/June 2024. The third Co-Director is Amanda Szeglowski, who until recently served as Associate Artistic Director, was previously a HARP artist at HERE, and who has been associated with the organization for 13 years.
HERE pays respect to the Munsee Lenape ancestors past, present, and future. We acknowledge that the work of HERE is situated on the Lenape island of Manhattan (Mannahatta) and more broadly in Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland. We offer our care, gratitude and welcome.
Beliefs & Core Values
In this section we describe HERE’s beliefs and core values—the philosophy behind why we do this work, at this time, and its importance to the community and the world around us.
We support the unique visions of multidisciplinary artists of all backgrounds to make breakthrough work they couldn’t do on their own as they try to make sense of our culture and our times. We value their idiosyncratic voices, their eccentricity and eclecticism. Very importantly, we prize their diversity culturally and risk-taking in terms of form and content. HERE’s uniqueness and strength lies in the fact that we can be a place where all of these different voices can be experienced by a wide range of audience members. Through supporting innovative work that is responsive to our culture, we endeavor to push the field of performance forward.
We are an incubator and laboratory, responsive to the particular needs of a project, collaborative with and nurturing of the artist, developing within a community of their peers. In doing so, we produce ethically and partner equitably with artists to create their own processes through responsive and flexible resources.
We strive to create an anti-racist culture that values trust, promotes respect, allows flexibility, and accommodates people’s personal and professional needs and aspirations. We promote non-hierarchical collaboration, transparency, and open communication among staff, artists, board and audiences. Members of the staff, board and artists are all highly creative individuals, who represent a range of backgrounds, skills, and experiences. Above all, we carry the philosophy of symbiosis and nurturing — of board, of staff, of artists, of audience.
The ideas generated in our programs and spaces bring people together. We strive to create symbiotic interlock, a deep interplay between our artists, staff and partners (audiences, board members, supporters, and local community members). We endeavor to create a community in which, whether in the creative process itself or in the sharing of new work with audiences, our community is a major element in the equation — we do not support this work simply for its own sake. We want it to be full of content in order to engage in a dialogue with our audiences, while providing a welcoming and accessible experience to foster positive social and aesthetic encounters all at the same time.
We seek to become a green theatre and reduce our ecological footprint in our work. Through mindful actions on sustainability and regenerative practices, we work toward climate justice, and a safe, livable planet for present and future artmakers and audiences.
We integrate art into daily life and engage our community’s needs and interests on as many different levels as possible in order to ensure our regular presence in their lives. We encourage our audiences to believe, as we do, that there is value in an artist’s effort and exploration, rather than only the ultimate outcome or finished product through offering work-in-progress showings, workshop productions, post-show artist talkbacks, informal discussions in our café and full productions. We produce work that is challenging and alternative, offering our audiences the opportunity to feel that they are part of something new and fresh.
CURRENT OPENINGS: Please visit our Work With Us page for more information on open internships and staff positions.
HERE is an Equal Opportunity Employer who strives to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive home in which all people have fair access to the resources they need to realize their visions. We acknowledge structural inequities that exclude individuals and communities from opportunities based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, and geography, and seek to counter those inequities in our work. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status. We recognize that no one person will likely encompass all of the experience and qualities that we are seeking; thus, we welcome applicants with varied backgrounds, different applications of skills, and those who may not have conventional resumes.
Interns at HERE are at the center of the very busy operation of running a non-profit theatre organization and all producing activities. Although interns must specify an area of interest, they are asked to assist in other areas throughout the internship. Interns are often given the opportunity to work with HERE’s resident artists on their productions. They are also able see any HERE productions free of charge and have access to other perks that are made available to the HERE staff.
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Updated: March 8, 2023
HERE is now a mask-optional space. All patrons attending HERE performances and events will no longer be required to wear masks.
We ask all audience members to please stay home if they have a sore throat, are feeling sick in any other way, or have been recently exposed to COVID-19, and to please contact the box office for refunds or exchanges.
All of our performers, technicians, and staff members are required to be fully vaccinated and masked unless they are onstage performing. Additionally, they are participating in an active testing regimen to keep everyone as safe as possible.
HERE reserves the right to revise protocols as the rate of transmission changes and in light of new scientific data that may present itself.
Want to learn more about HERE and share your work?
Our programming directors are happy to meet with anyone who wants to learn more about HERE and our programs. Please sign up for only one meeting based on the program you would be interested in.
Learn more and schedule a meeting here.
145 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013-1548
Administrative Office: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm
Box Office: opens at 5pm only on performance days, or 2 hours prior to curtain for matinees.