Dance Theater Workshop, colloquially known as DTW, was a New York City performance space and service organization for dance companies that operated from 1965 to 2011. Located as 219 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, DTW was founded in 1965 by Jeff Duncan, Art Bauman and Jack Moore as a choreographers' collective. In 2002 DTW opened its new Doris Duke Performance Center, which contains the 192-seat Bessie Schönberg Theatre.
From 1975-2003, DTW was led by David R. White, Executive Director and Producer. Under White's leadership, DTW became one of the most influential contemporary performing arts centers and artist incubators in the United States and abroad, responsible for identifying and nurturing some of the most important dance and other performing artists of our time, including: Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris, Susan Marshall, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Irwin, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, Donald Byrd and John Jasperse, among many others.
In 2011, DTW merged with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company to become New York Live Arts The move was prompted by a need for financial security, with the dance company coming in as the more financially secure organization of the two – DTW took on a considerable amount of debt in building its new facility.
More than 200 concerts and exhibits by some 70 contemporary dance, theater, music, visual and video artists were sponsored annually by Dance Theater Workshop.
Such notable artists as Mark Morris, David Gordon, Bill T. Jones, Laura Dean, Susan Marshall, Ron Brown, Donald Byrd, H.T. Chen, David Dorfman, Doug Elkins, Molissa Fenley, Whoopi Goldberg, Lawrence Goldhuber, Margaret Fisher, Janie Geiser, Bill Irwin, LadyGourd Sangoma, Ralph Lemon, Bebe Miller, Michael Moschen, David Parsons, Lenny Pickett, Merián Soto, Pepón Osorio, Paul Zaloom and hundreds of others found an early artistic home at Dance Theater Workshop.
The Dance Theater Workshop received funding from organizations including:
- The Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, Inc.
- Altria Group, Inc.
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Arts & Business Council of New York
- Asian Cultural Council
- Association of Performing Arts Presenters Arts Partners Program
- Australian Consulate-General
- Big Apple Lights Corp.
- Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, Inc.
- Carnegie Corporation of New York (on behalf of Michael Bloomberg)
- Consolidated Edison Company of New York
- Eileen Fisher
- Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.
- The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.
- The Ford Foundation
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Inc.
- Gay City News
- Goldman, Sachs & Co.
- The Harkness Foundation for Dance
- The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
- The James E. Robison Foundation, Inc.
- The Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation
- The Jerome Foundation
- The Jerome Robbins Foundation
- JPMorgan Chase
- The Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund
- Meet The Composer Fund
- Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
- National Dance Project of the New England
- Foundation for the Arts
- National Performance Network
- New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
- New York State DanceForce
- The New York Times Company Foundation
- Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour
- The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation
- The Rockefeller Brothers Fund
- The Scherman Foundation
- The Shubert Foundation
- The Starr Foundation
- The Starry Night Fund of the Tides Foundation
- Time Out New York
- Trust for Mutual Understanding
- The William Randolph Hearst Foundation
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