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Access Theater Black Box

Access TheaterEditEdit Description

SPECIAL JANUARY DISCOUNT: 20% off subsidized rentals/rehearsal space!

A traditional 50-seat black box venue, the Black Box is the ideal space for theatrical performances, readings, workshops, festivals, and photo & film shoots!

Equipped with a dressing room, backstage bathroom, and a sound and light package, visit for more details.

Since 1992, Access Theater has served as a cost-effective rental alternative for New York's independent theater scene. Access seeks innovative, not-for-profit producing organizations devoted to the production of new works and offers a well-maintained, subsidized, and therefore affordable downtown venue that showcases emerging artists.

Access Theater prides itself on its reputation as a premier producer in the independent theater scene, as well as one of the most affordable, lovingly maintained theater houses in New York. The New York Times describes Access as "one of the theaters to pay attention to in downtown New York". Access Theater has served as host to an impressive roster of theater artists and productions, from the Working Theater and Fringe NYC to Fiasco Theater's Cymbeline and Bedlam's acclaimed premiere productions of Hamlet and Saint Joan.

Our over-two-decades long history is rich with the early works of then-unknown theater artists, artists now recognized and respected for the contributions they have made to modern theater. Stephen Belber, Brian Dykstra, David Johnston, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Hollinger, David Foley--these playwrights all got their start with works produced by Access Theater. Other highlights include The Killing Act, written and directed by Tom McCarthy (Oscar winner, Spotlight) and featuring Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Dominic Fumusa, which went on to a reading at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

Scenes from critically acclaimed films THE BIG SHORT and A WOMAN, A PART also filmed in our Black Box Theater!

Access strives to become the most affordable theater in all five boroughs for performing artists and audiences. With greater financial resources, Access will remain a supporter and promoter of new and innovative works. We will take great pride in being a jumping-off point for the next wave of performing artists in New York. The only way we can continue to attract talent and keep audiences coming to the theater is by making it affordable on all ends.

Space Usage EditEdit Space Usage

Permitted Uses Exhibition, Rehearsal, Performance, Class, Audition, Photo Shoot, Video/Film Shoot, Special Event, Screening, Reading, Meeting
Disciplines Music, Theatre, Film, Visual Art
Restrictions On Use Generally rents by the week with occasional exceptions. No high impact movement.


COLORED BLOCKS = NOT AVAILABLE Click on open time blocks to create a space request.
Space requests must be at least 1 week in advance.
Rental must be for at least 4 hours

Booking Policies EditEdit Booking Policies

How To Book

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Hours Of Operation Everyday 9:00am - 11:00pm
Rental Policy Theater generally books by the week, but there are options to rent our space for readings, rehearsals and multiple performances.
Cancellation Policy Our cancellation policy is available upon request by emailing
Open to last minute space requests. true
Booking Requirements Deposit, On site meeting, Proof of liability insurance required
Rental Personnel Call for addtl rental personnel, Rates include some or all equipment
Performance Personnel Technical director
Payment Types Cash, Check, Credit card, Payment plan, Barter
Options -
Other Allowed Activities Street shoes, Amplified music, Alcohol permitted

Features EditEdit Features

Space Dimensions 1008.0 sqft
Space Features Column-free, Air-conditioned, Heated, Ceiling fans, Grid, Wings/backstage space, Sound-proof, Stage curtains, Lobby area
Technology Cell service, Internet access, WiFi
Flooring Nonsprung wood
Stage Configuration Proscenium, Platform stage, In the round, Thrust, Flexible stage, Black box
Stage Dimensions 28.8 ft x 20 ft with 11 ft ceiling
Seating capacity 60
Seating Fixed, Raked, Multi level, Seating risers, Flexible seating

Equipment EditEdit Equipment

Lighting Natural lighting/windows, Light board, Lighting instruments
Furniture Chairs, Risers, Tables, Ladder
Amenities Dressing rooms, Kitchen/pantry, Private restroom
Instruments and Accessories Rehearsal piano, Music stands
Audio Equipment Sound system, Sound booth, Microphone, MP3/auxiliary input, Amplifier
Video/Film Equipment Digital projector
Studio Arts/Maker Equipment -

Accessibility EditEdit Accessibility

Parking Paid garage/lot parking
Accessibility Accessible without stairs, Elevator, Lobby and house, Patron restrooms, Freight elevator, Backstage restroom, Backstage, Stage
Audience Services Restrooms, Box office, Lobby
Miscellaneous AEA Approved, Free space available

Rates EditEdit Rates

Use Hourly Daily Weekly Monthly
Exhibition - $250 $1,800 -
Rehearsal $60 $35 $1,800 -
Performance $2,800 $450 $2,800 -
Class $60 $35 - -
Audition $60 $35 - -
Photo Shoot - $60 - -
Video/Film Shoot $120 $1,000 $3,000 -
Special Event $120 $1,000 - -
Screening $120 $1,000 - -
Reading $450 $500 - -
Meeting $60 $800 - -

Non-Profit Rates

Use Hourly Daily Weekly Monthly
Exhibition - $100 $1,500 -
Rehearsal $35 $450 $1,500 -
Performance $2,600 $450 $2,600 -
Class $35 $35 - -
Audition $35 $35 - -
Photo Shoot - $60 - -
Video/Film Shoot $80 $500 $3,000 -
Special Event $80 $500 - -
Screening $80 $500 - -
Reading - $350 - -
Meeting $35 $500 - -

This space was last updated on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:00AM