Mission & History

Selective Memory photo by Paula Court

The Chocolate Factory Theater exists to encourage and support artists in their process of inquiry. We engage specifically with a community of artists who challenge themselves and, in doing so, challenge us. We believe that by supporting the labor of these artists, we contribute to elevating New York City as a thriving marketplace of ideas.

As an artist-founded, artist-led and artist-focused organization, The Chocolate Factory embraces artistic practice as an integral part of the artist’s whole life, an essential component of the life of our community and a key element of a larger national and international artistic dialog. As such, we host artists as our equal partners with shared autonomy, trust and appreciation. While we seek to make big ideas and extended relationships possible, we commit to working at a small, intimate and personal scale, with few artistic compromises or boundaries.

We achieve all of this by creating a vessel for artistic experimentation through a residency package serving the whole artist - salary, space, responsive and flexible support for the development of new work from inspiration to presentation.

The Chocolate Factory is artist founded and artist led. We invest in a local, national and global community of forward-thinking artists working at all stages of their careers.

Each year 9-10 lead artists and their collaborators receive more than $50,000 in support including salaried residencies, commissioning funds, dedicated access to our space, equipment, and more culminating in NYC, national and world premiere performances.

The Chocolate Factory provides substantial commissioning support to the artists we present. We literally hand over the keys and offer a remarkable degree of flexibility. We give dedicated multi-week creative residencies and pay every lead artist and performer a weekly salary on the books. And we provide high-quality video documentation (by Peter Richards) which can be viewed online in its entirety at vimeo.com/chocolatefactory.