Greenwich House is soliciting proposals to program and operate a 199-seat theater in its main Greenwich Village building at 27 Barrow Street. Greenwich House is seeking a non-profit theater company partner to occupy the space for its own purposes and productions while working with Greenwich House’s Music School
to develop an educational youth theater program. The initial contract period would be five years.
With this request for proposals, Greenwich House is returning to its roots, offering access to the renowned theater as well as developing a new arts curriculum for youth.
Opened in 1917 as the Greenwich House Theater, Greenwich House’s Children Theater program occupied the space beginning in 1921. For over 65 years, under the leadership of Helen Murphy, a children's author and playwright of the 1920s, the theater not only provided a constructive outlet for children of the area’s mostly Italian immigrant families, but its productions received widespread recognition; “Americana” was selected to be performed at City Hall in 1942. The Children’s Theater ceased programming in 1967 following Murphy’s retirement.
Beginning in the 1970s a series of professional theater companies began operating in the space. The now defunct Sanctuary Theatre, whose members included voice artist Rip Torn and film star Geraldine Page, began productions in 1979. In 1985 Soho Repertory, the launch pad of the likes of Kevin Spacey, John C. Reilly and Allison Janney moved in, followed by the non-profit Drama Dept. in the 1990s. The Drama Dept., with talent including Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon, was, according The New York Times, part of an elite set of “theaters-to-watch” along with New Group, Naked Angels and the Signature Theater.
The theater has been occupied by the Barrow Street Theatre company since 2003, with recent memorable performances including “Our Town,” “Buyer and Cellar” and “Tribes.”
To ensure a high-quality level of operation for the facility, proposers must demonstrate minimum experience and qualifications. Applicants must complete Greenwich House's Vendor Application Form (Attachment 1) and provide evidence of the following:
• Experience in successfully operating and managing a similar type of business.
• Experience with successful partnerships of a similar nature (references from partners may be requested).
• Fiscal solvency and capacity to complete necessary tenant improvements.
• Demonstrated track record of being an equal opportunity employer.
• Must not be currently indebted to the federal government, State of New York or Greenwich House for non-payment of taxes, fines, judgments, liens or fees.
The following conditions apply to this submission:
• Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. February 28, 2017.
• Proposals must be signed by an individual duly authorized to bind the proposer and must be labeled in the subject line with "Greenwich House Theater RFP" and the proposer’s name.
• Proposals or proposal components will not be accepted via mail or fax.
• Proposals shall remain binding for 180 days from the date of proposal submission.
• Greenwich House reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to reject, without evaluation, any proposal received after the proposal submission time and date.
All proposals received by the deadline of 5:00 p.m. February 28, 2017 will be evaluated.
Final notification of the outcome of the review process is expected to occur prior to the end of May, 2017. The successful proposer will be required to execute a partnership agreement with Greenwich House. The organization anticipates that the selected proposer will be open for business by the start of the theater season in the fall of 2017.