Smack dab in the middle of the commercial theater district, an alternative arts collective values
innovation over income.. My Art Belongs to Daddy While it's true that artistic director Anita Durst's space wouldn't exist if her father's corporation didn't allow her to use four derelict buildings on 42nd Street, this isn't some vanity project: Chashama has presented over 150 shows from New York's premier cutting-edge artists and companies. Incorporated in 1995, the company arrived at its present location two years later and contains six black box theaters (seating anywhere from 20 to 72 seats), three art galleries, five rehearsal spaces, and four storefront windows for free public performances.
Art for All Audiences can see anything and everything: Circus, burlesque, improv, musicals, plays, performance art, art installations and multimedia work are offered at low ticket prices or even for free. Chashama also gives free rehearsal and performance space to needy artists. (Un)usual artistic suspects include choreographer-dancer Julie Atlas Muz, performance artist Scotty the Blue Bunny and the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.