Our Programs


Dixon Place commissions 8 artists or companies each year to premiere new works of theater, performance art, puppetry and dance. We provide 1-3 months of workshop time, full technical support, publicity/marketing, artist fees and a 3-weekend run of performances. By invitation only.


Performance Series

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show (Hosted by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founder Keith Nelson) A uncompromising theatrical experience that includes aerial artists, wire walkers, sword swallowers, Kung Fu juggling, clown bands, trained rats, a Heavy Metal Magician, a cougar contortionist & a cowboy from the Bronx. If you would like to be on stage, email keith@bindlestiff.org. Write ‘Open Variety’ in the subject line!

CAMPFIRE! Queer Storytime
Burlesque Star World Famous *BOB* & Style Icon Dust Tea Shoulders bring tales of hilarity & heartbreak & a chance for YOU to take the stage.

Carousel (Curated & Hosted by R. Sikoryak)
Hilarious & stunning cartoon slide shows & other projected pictures narrated by a glittering array of artists, performers & graphic novelists. & other characters. Curated & hosted by R. Sikoryak.

Gershwin Live at Dixon Place (Curated by Michael Wiener & Neke Carson)
An evolving 21st century salon, artists with fearless & distinctive voices are given free rein to present theater, dance, film, cabaret, ghost stories, music & uncategorizable hybrids..

Little Theatre (Curated by Jeffrey M. Jones)
An OBIE-winning more-or-less monthly presentation of cutting-edge theatre, dance, performance art & media, more-or-less curated by Normandy Sherwood, Frank Boudreaux & Jeffrey M. Jones.

The Mosquito (Curated and Hosted by CBS Sunday Morning’s  Nancy Giles)
An evening with writers, comics & musicians sharing biting new work.

Puppet BloK
Ground-breaking new works of puppetry, animation, music, film & other innovative forms of storytelling.

Queer Art Organics (Curated and hosted by Aimee Herman)
An evening of music, comedy, dancing, performance art & theatre celebrating LGBTQ performers. 

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place (Curated by Heidi Russell)
The International Women Artists’ Salon presents a showcase of performance, literature, and video.



HOT! The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture
This festival of diverse GLBTQ performance art, theatre, literature, music, burlesque, circus arts and dance celebrates its 24th anniversary in 2015. HOT! presents over 100 queer artists six nights a week every summer.


Dance Series

8 in Show (Curated by Sangeeta Yesley)
Emerging & established choreographers of all dance forms showcasing short new work. Click here for more info.

Crossing Boundaries (Curated by Marcia Monroe)
New work by choreographers who cross cultural, geographic & disciplinary boundaries.

Fast Forward (Curated by Sangeeta Yesley)
An opportunity for choreographers of all dance forms to workshop 25 – 35 min pieces on a shared bill curated around a theme. Click here for more info.

Moving Men (Curated by Doug Post)
New choreography by male & female choreographers that features all male dancers.

Under Exposed (Curated by Doug Post)
Initiated in the early 90s, this series focuses on emerging, up & coming contemporary dance choreographers who are refining/defining their distinctive movement vocabulary.


Literary Series

Experiments & Disorders (Curated by Tom Cole & Christen Clifford)
Fiction, nonfiction, poetry & performance texts by the most adventurous, cross-genre established & emerging writers.

Guerrilla Lit Reading Series
This series has hosted readings by emerging & established authors since 2007. Because the pen is mightier than the Kalashnikov (we hope).

GUTS (Curated by Dia Felix)
A literary performance series that encourages risk, courage, nakedness & the exploration of interiors.

Queer Text (Curated by Philip Ammonds)
A poetic & cultural journey, exploring the rich lives of LGBTQ people.


Cultural Education & Community Outreach (CECO)

Dixon Place works with local community partners to provide much-needed artistic opportunities for our neighbors through relationships with schools, community centers & senior citizen programs. Now in its 13th year, our CECO program offers free, year-round workshops for seniors & teens to learn theater, movement, puppetry, spoken word, film/video & sound/music, culminating in public performances at DP.


Artists in Residence

This program provides emerging artists with 120 hours of workshop space, technical support & a stipend, often culminating in a work-in-progress presentation. There are three 4-month residencies per year. By invitation only.


The Tom Murrin Performance Award

Named for the beloved performance pioneer, the ‘Tommy’ is an annual award selected by a panel of artists & artistic directors & granted to an emerging artist or company who embodies Tom’s generous artistic spirit & gift for unearthing big, meaningful ideas by creating remarkable, enlightening performance. Providing a transformative career opportunity, this award includes a year-long residency, stipend, administrative & technical assistance & workshop performances. Click here for more info.