How A 'Robin Hood' Business Model Supports An Artistic Clubhouse In Tribeca
Robin Sokoloff wears many hats: dancer, choreographer, lighting designer, construction worker, activist and producer are some of them. The founder and Executive Director of the artistic hub Loft227 recently signed a lease on a 9,000-square-foot storefront facility in Tribeca. Located at 221 West Broadway, this space is now known as Town Stages, a new female-driven cultural institution and event venue that functions as a for-profit with a not-for-profit arm.
Space, the Final Frontier: Sokoloff Is On To Something Big
Robin Sokoloff doesn’t wait. The NYC-based executive director-dancer-choreographer-producer needed a space for her own performances and for those of her friends — many of them women and minorities. She has built not one, but two venues, utilized by thousands of people in the arts. And with her second space, she may be on the verge of redefining the business model for creating new work.
Town Stages Opens in New York City
NEW YORK CITY: Town Stages has opened in the neighborhood of Tribeca in lower Manhattan. The new 9,000-square-foot storefront facility includes a mainstage theatre, a cabaret lounge, and a multi-use event space.
This flexible performance and event space is led by a female-driven team, spearheaded by executive director Robin Sokoloff. The new venue is an extension of Sokoloff’s Loft227, a creative space in midtown Manhattan that served local artists and innovators for the past five years.
Interview: Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director of Town Stages
Please tell us about Town Stages. What makes your venue unique?
Town Stages is a brand new performance and event venue in Tribeca. We provide iconic space and production resources for galas, corporate gatherings, film/photography shoots, fashion shows, screenings, workshops, networking functions, family celebrations, theater and dance. Offering flexible stages and an elegant event space, TOWN supports the entire lifecycle of New York’s hallmark industries, from inception to execution. We have room for up to 225 Guests.
What makes us unique? Town Stages is a successful woman-owned and women-led enterprise in the most competitive city in the world. My team and I are dedicated to sharing your story, and celebrating your success. Whether you are pitching investors or launching your fashion line, we are here to put on your show.
Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship 2019
Town Stages announces the Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship 2019. Applications for Creative Fellowships are accepted on a rolling basis and a new class of Fellows is announced for each new calendar year. To be eligible for the 2019 Creative Fellowship, please apply by October 15, 2018. The application is available at www.sokoloffarts.org/fellowship.
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Musical Theatre Factory Presents HIGH 5
Join Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) for a collective High Five celebration of the first five years of the magic that is the MTF with a gala hosted by Larry Owens at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC on May 13, 2019 at 7:30pm.
MTF has come a long way in the five years since they were born in the back of a porn studio. From flying the coop and wandering the mean streets of New York, to finding their current home as a resident company of Playwrights Horizons, MTF has continued to serve musical theatre artists by creating spaces to collaborate outside the pressures of critical and commercial success. Their work dismantles oppressive ideologies towards collective liberation - through powerful and joyful story in song. To celebrate this growth the gala will be night filled with dance and song honoring Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop) and introducing the inaugural MTF Makers Cohort with work & performances by Troy Anthony (The River is Me), Jacob Jarrett (Wonder Boy), Melissa Li & Kit Yan (Interstate), Jillian Walker (SkinFolk: An American Show), AriDy Nox (Flawless Feminism) and Brandon Webster (Medicine for Melancholy), andJonathan Larson Award winners Tidtaya Sinutoke and Straight White Men alum Ty Defoe (Clouds Are Pillows for the Moon).
Critics Rip Garment District Alteration Plan
The city is proposing to revise the zoning framework of the Garment District, which has seen a steady drop in manufacturing availability and a spike in hotel developments. However, many of the area’s remaining workers and business owners are finding the city’s approach to be rushed and flawed.
During a Community Board 5 (CB5) presentation on Wed., March 22, the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC), alongside the Department of City Planning, presented a proposal for reworking the Garment District’s zoning. The special section of Midtown Manhattan is bordered roughly by W. 35th and 40th Sts., and Broadway and Ninth Ave. The Garment District’s current zoning allows for building types categorized as manufacturing space, commercial use, residential, or mixed-use.
Town Stages Introduces Board Of Directors
Town Stages introduces its Board of Directors to expand its efforts to foster the future by reimagining equity and access in New York City spaces.
The Strand Bookstore Offers Compromise to Avoid NY Landmark Building Status
In a emotional and sometimes combative second hearing before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the owner of the iconic Strand Bookstore, Nancy Bass Wyden, continued her effort to keep the famed bookseller’s building from being designated a city landmark along with seven other buildings on Broadway between East 12th and 14th Streets.
Appearing with Alexander Urbelis, a former United States Deputy Attorney, Wyden offered the commission to put in place a historic preservation easement on the storefront. The easement would be the an agreement between the property’s owner and a third-party nonprofit group that would serve as a steward for the building’s preservation, assuring that, the building’s facade, would be properly preserved to the rules
At the first LPC hearing, the Strand’s team voiced strong concerns that a historic designation would place unfair restrictions on the last of its kind business and potentially threaten its future.