Mission & History

Selective Memory photo by Paula Court

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.

Since its founding in 2005, The Chocolate Factory has fostered long term relationships with a wide ranging community of artists. Four of the artists showing work this season have been presented by The Chocolate Factory in past years, often more than once.

Artistic Director Brian Rogers continues to create and present his own work at The Chocolate Factory, keeping the needs of artists at the core of our decision-making. We aim to preserve the spirit of experimentation that once defined New York City as a gathering place for artists. Our programs have drawn many thousands of new visitors to our 5,000 square foot industrial facility in Long Island City, Queens.

The Chocolate Factory received an Obie grant in 2009. Its works have received numerous Bessie and Obie Awards (among others) and have toured nationally and internationally.

The organization is currently planning for the purchase and renovation of a permanent facility in the neighborhood.