Horse Trade's continuing mission is to seek out new art, new artists, and new audiences. We do this by creating an accessible community of varied voices that value collaboration, resourcefulness, diversity and innovation. We provide a home for independent theater artists, we nurture their development, and we help to establish their careers by promoting their work to local, national, and international audiences.
Horse Trade Theater Group was founded in 1998, the aim was and is to form a self-sustaining theater group; one that would focus on new work and provide affordable rental space to scores of Independent artists as well as produce a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater.
In 1999, the Resident Program was created, offering an artistic home to a select group of Off-Off Broadway artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy while focusing on their individuality as independent companies.
Based on each company's independent needs, this program provides an artistic home through rehearsal & performance space, as well as administrative, marketing, and artistic support. It has provided the platform for many new playwrights to be published in several editions of Plays and Playwrights, Playing with Canons, and numerous monologue books - enabling some of these works to be revived around the country and the world. Resident Alumni have gone on to tour all over the United States and Europe.
In 2006, Horse was proudly accepted into the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals. and FRIGID New York was born, the first festival of its kind in New York City. FRIGID is an entirely Open and Uncensored Indie theater festival, in which the artists keep 100% of their earnings.
More festivals followed, including STEM fest, The Fire This Time Festival, Queerly, Gotham Storytelling Festival, The Burlesque Blitz HP Lovecraft festival, and a new Immigrant Theater festival this summer, and our new music series.