The City of New York has allocated $14 million for the project, located at 53rd Street and 10th Avenue in Manhattan, which will be designed by architect Toshiko Mori. The spaces, which will be created for flexible configuration, are Mori's first-ever designs for a theatre.
The non-profit advocacy group the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, a recipient of the 2010 Tony Honor for Excellence, is behind the development. The two theatres will be available for rental at discounted subsidized rates for A.R.T./New York members.
The Archstone-Clinton also serves as the home of the 52nd Street Project, which offers theatre programming for Hell's Kitchen youth.
The two theatres are among several of A.R.T./New York's projects in the New York City area. A mansion in Ft. Green, Brooklyn now serves as affordable rehearsal and office space for 22 theatre companies, and the organization also signed a 20-year lease on 520 Eighth Avenue (Spaces at 520), which offers rehearsal and office space for 25 companies.
Founded in 1972 by such companies as Playwrights Horizons, Repertorio Espanol, Classic Stage Company, INTAR, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Negro Ensemble Company, A.R.T./New York assists its member theatres in managing business affairs.