Make Room on Governors Island

Free rehearsal space for artists to make and show vital work.

Barton Booth has invited directors, creators, choreographers, musicians, writer/director teams, ensembles, and participatory theater makers to spend one week on Governor’s Island this summer to develop new work, explore ideas, devise, explore collaboration, and practice your chops.

We provide each artist group with a reasonably-sized room in a 150 year old house on the island and a steady stream of visitors to view their work in progress. They bring their ideas, some actors, and whatever they need to do their work. Our goal is to provide space for directors and creators to explore and practice their craft, and need a room and an audience to try out their work. This residency is perfect for devising, choreographic and physical storytelling, text development with actors, staging rehearsals, crafting theatrical moments, participatory work and more. 


The 2017 Make Room Resident Artists

WEEK ONE: July 31st - August 6th
“Minor Kerouac” by Gabriel Vasquez & Collaborators

A trembling new ode to the beat generation. Or a distressed confession of what a bunch of douche bags they were. Oh, and a heavy handed history lesson. Well, maybe it doesn't know what it is. There's so much material on the subject. Using editorialized wikipedia entries, clumsy dancing, and a bumbling storyline involving a boring white guy and an asshole sandwich, the piece tries to navigate what it's like to admire work by bad people. It half-heartedly coopts the aesthetic of cool and the hollowness beneath it.

WEEK TWO: August 7th - August 13th
"La. Ra. Ta. (Latina Radio Takeover)"
by Daniela Thome
directed by Edward Torres

A comedic play following the journey of Rosa and Maria, two Latina women, and their friends Renato and Jose, as they attempt to get Latina voices on their city's public radio station. This is a working draft of the full length play and we will be presenting scenes to develop the many parts of this farce.

WEEK THREE: August 14th - 20th
“America is Hard to See” - Life Jacket Theatre Company

In Fall 2015, members of LIFE JACKET THEATRE COMPANY travelled to Southern Florida to interview the marginalized residents of Miracle Village, a rural community for sex offenders, buried deep in the sugarcane fields. They transformed their research into a moving and shockingly truthful play about darkness, uncertainty, and the painful process of healing in small-town America. America is Hard to See uses an exciting blend of verbatim interviews and found text (crafted by Travis Russ, award-winning playwright and director) as well as religious hymns and original songs (composed by Priscilla Holbrook, lead singer of the band Susan Jane). America is Hard to See is produced by Life Jacket Theatre Company whose recent production of Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey (HERE, 2016), was a Critics' Pick by the New York Times and Time Out New York (★★★★), and a nominee for a Drama Desk Award and seven New York Innovative Theatre Awards.

WEEK FOUR: August 21st - 27th
Choreographer: Taylor Donofrio
Company: Donofrio Dance Company

Creature is a study in connection and intimacy. How do we exist with one another and how do we exist without? Our necessity to know one another relies on our necessity to know ourselves, to be close with someone else, means closeness to one's self. A discovery of intimacy, fear, isolation, truth, and connection is found as dancers find themselves bare and intertwined in front of viewers in this new work and experiment by Donofrio Dance Company.

WEEK FIVE: August 28th - September 3rd
"Daughters of Troy"
Aubrey Saverino, Project Creator & Director
Brooke M. Haney, Artistic Producer
Natalie Burlutskaya, Art Curator

Daughters of Troy is a collaboration between theatre and visual artists led by Aubrey Saverino in partnership with RE:ARTISTE. The project uses classical text, visual art, music and mythology to explore female archetypes, sexuality and desire in site-specific performance installations inspired by the Trojan War. Barton Booth selected Daughters of Troy for a week long residency on Governors Island in August 2016, and the ensemble is thrilled to return again this summer. Excerpts from Daughters of Troy were also presented at Dixon Place in November 2016. For more information on the project visit or follow @troysdaughters on Instagram.

WEEK SIX: September 4th - 10th
“Gypsy Danger - The Family Drama”
Theater: The People's Improv Theater

For over 4 years, Gypsy Danger has perfected their version of the improvised movie every Saturday night at The People's Improv Theater. Here at Barton Booth, they will explore how physical space influences family relationships by performing the Family Drama Improvised Movie. With committed characters and unpredictable plot lines, Gypsy Danger delights audiences with its contagious energy. Gypsy Danger is Nick Carrillo, Katie Hartman, Devin Heater, Ben Jaeger-Thomas, Evan Kaufman, Mitch Lucas, Sarah Peele, Joanna Shaw Flamm, and Claire Yale Raynes.

Where is the house?


Make Room is on Governors Island, in Nolan Park, in House 8A. For the purposes of Google Maps, the house's address is 8 Barry Rd, Brooklyn NY 11231.