A vital performing art center and producer, Dance Theater Workshop (DTW) epitomizes the use of innovation and program expansion to sustain an organizational mission to nurture artists, while broadening the audience base, interactive dialog, and public context for creative work. Founded in 1965 by Jeff Duncan, Art Bauman, and Jack Moore, DTW began as a choreographic collective, furnishing sponsorship and practical support to emerging artists. A multifaceted approach has resulted in eight separate programs that provide visibility, resources, and services to independent artists, as well as increased public involvement in the arts. From a home base at The Bessie Schönberg Theater in Chelsea, DTW has reached locals through such neighborhood opportunities as Family Matters and has enabled international performers to cross cultural boundaries with The Suitcase Fund. Nearly 1000 emerging and mid-career artists have had work produced by DTW, under the executive direction of David R. White from 1975-2003. Additional recognition has been generated for artists by DTW's New York Dance and Performance Awards (a.k.a. The Bessies), initiated in 1983. DTW won the 1989 Village Voice OBIE Award for sustained achievement in theater presentation. In 2011, DTW merged with the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company to form a new organization known as New York Live Arts. www.newyorklivearts.org

Learn more in Dance Theater Workshop, an essay by Elizabeth Zimmer.