FRIGID New York'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, with a focus on voices that require amplification. 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 mostly 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. This offers 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.
The Resident Program 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, as well as writing and acting on dozens of TV shows and movies.
In 2006, Horse Trade was proudly accepted into the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals. and FRIGID New York was born. FRIGID Festival, the first festival of its kind in New York City, is a winter Fringe festival and 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, a new Migrant Theater Festival coming this summer, and our new Caribbean Music Series.
Today we service over 16,000 audience members a year, hundreds of artists, close to $200,000 in box office receipts, eight different festivals, three resident companies (all female lead), two dozen monthly shows, two free programs at Manhattan Correctional Center for the female population, two writer’s workshops and much more.