Producing at FRIGID
“For those wanting to mount a short run late at night for a small out-of-pocket expense, Horse Trade [now FRIGID New York] may be your best bet”– BackStage
Since our founding in 1998, FRIGID New York’s mission has been to provide both emerging and established artists the opportunity to create and produce original work without limit to content, form, or style, and to amplify their diverse voices. In order to fulfill that mission, we need artists like you! We are always excited to work with new creators and can’t wait to hear about your next project.
Our venues are available year-round. In addition to traditional in person performances, we are now equipped to live stream from both our spaces, giving you access to a world-wide audience. Because New York City’s venues vary widely, we highly recommend that you make an appointment to view the venue you’re interested in to make sure it’s right for your project. You can make an appointment to view either space by contacting us here.
Quick Link to book viewings, rehearsals, and performances.
Both our venues are available to rent for performances, rehearsals, classes, screenings, and film shoots. Our rentals are relatively affordable and afford you the freedom to do your thing when and how you want to do it. We don’t need anything from you but money and your commitment to do your show. And you don’t need any more approval from us than dates and times. As a bonus, if your show does well at the box office you can make more money as a rental.
• The spaces are available to view most days. Viewings will be scheduled around rehearsals and other bookings. You can quickly check availability yourself here.
• Either after seeing the venue or now if you are already familiar with our venues, you can request a space reservation here. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
• Our booking manager will be in contact with you about the rental details and contract.
• Half of the space fee is due at contract signing. The rest of the space fee and incidentals (including fireguard, projector rental, rehearsals, etc.) may be paid on a payment plan, all due before your first performance. Information on our rates in available below.
• We accept checks, cash, credit cards, and money orders.
Reach out about nonprofit, hardship, and reparations rates to email@example.com.
Coproductions are performances produced in collaboration with FRIGID New York. These productions are selected based on our artistic interest in your project, and ticket sales are split between the producer and FRIGID New York, with varying splits based on the type of show. Generally, the house keeps first $200 at USM and first $250 at Kraine, then a 50/50 split after that. There is no application fee associated with a coproduction request (with the exception of certain festivals) and accordingly we are not committing to providing a response to your application. If we find your application interesting and/or viable we will email you back and request more information or a meeting. If you don’t hear back from us about a coproduction, we welcome you to come in as a rental. Many of our coproductions are with companies we originally met as renters.
Our coproductions fall into four main categories: festivals, theatrical runs, monthlies, and one-off performances.
→ Our festivals take place throughout the year and cover a wide range of themes and works. You can learn more about our festivals here and see if any of them might be right for your project.
→ If you’re interesting in doing a theatrical run (three or more performances), we are booking runs for the 2023-2024 season. Please reach out to us about runs by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us here.
→ We are currently seeking submissions for on-going monthly productions! Our monthly shows repeat based on day of the week (e.g. first Wednesdays), generally on weeknights, in both the Kraine and USM. We’ve had a wide range of monthly shows over the years and are always open hearing about something new. If you’re interested in producing a monthly show, please fill out this form.
→ We are also seeking one-off shows on an on-going basis! One-offs are one or two performance productions of all kinds. If you think your project would work in one of our spaces and is in line with our artistic interests, we want to hear about it. Fill out this form to get started.
You can always email us at email@example.com or contact us here with any questions about co-productions.
- We rent on a first come, first serve basis.
- There are no refunds and no date changes once a venue is contracted for a performance.
- We require general liability insurance for any performance.
- FRIGID technicians and front of house staff are available to work your show for a fee of $75 per staff member per performance.
- All sets must be struck and stored nightly; a limited amount of storage space is made available to each show. Anything left in the space must be labelled.
- Projectors and screens are available in each space for a fee of $50 per performance.
- Use of the light and sound boards are included in rental fees; also included is a standard rep plot with five refocusable lights in each space.
- All producers-renters and coproductions alike-must adhere to our COVID safety guidelines, which are viewable here. COVID safety guidelines are subject to change based on NYC’s changing case rates.
Book a Rehearsal
- You can call 212-777-6088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability and request rehearsal times. Due to reduced hours, we are currently more reachable via email than by phone. You can also check availability yourself here.
- We rent on a first come, first serve basis.
- We require 24 hours notice of cancellation.
- Rehearsals scheduled for evening hours (after 6pm) or weekend hours (Sat, Sun) are subject to removal in favor of a performance. These rehearsals are scheduled during performance slots, and performances are given priority. Rehearsals scheduled during daytime and week day hours (M-F 10am-6pm) are recommended.
- A tech rehearsal means that the breakers for the light board have been turned on, whether the stage lights are used for the entire rehearsal or not.
- The first 6 hours of tech rehearsals will be charged at the regular rate (evening/weekend or weekday, whichever applies), with a contract.
- In general, one night events are only available Sunday through Wednesday. Weekend 7pm and 8pm shows are mainly rented in a three-day block.
- Your company is required to purchase general liability insurance. Many folks use CimaWorld.com
- All sets must be struck and put away nightly; a limited amount of storage space will be made available to each show. There is a repertory (mostly unalterable) plot in each venue. Each venue has five re-focusable lights.
- We require 24 hours notice of cancellation on rehearsal bookings.
- There are no refunds or exchanges on contracted performance time.
- Our office is running on reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 212-777-6088 or email email@example.com for availability. You can quickly check availability yourself here. We are currently more reachable via email than by phone.
The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th St
Between 2nd & 3rd Ave (Bowery)
First floor, no wheelchair access
90 Seat Capacity
UNDER St. Marks
94 St. Marks Place
Between 1st Ave and Ave A
Basement theater, no wheelchair access
45 Seat Capacity