RENTING THE THEATER
Is the theater available for rental on (insert particular date)?
Maybe! We're often booked about a year in advance, but there maybe open spots here and there. Please drop us a line to find out—it never hurts to ask!
Can anyone rent the theater?
Our season consists of curated rentals, which means that we select our programming based on what interests us, rather than first-come, first-served. If you'd like to produce a show at the Connelly, make sure you tell us something about it when you reach out.
What's included in a rental?
Lighting and sound packages, and black drapes are included in your rental. You can find our current inventory here. You can also rent house curtains from us. You'll have access to the theater, dressing rooms, lobbies and bathrooms. Staffing is not included in your rental, so you'll need to supply your own tech crew, front of house, box office, etc.
Can you recommend tech crew, front of house, box office staff, etc.?
We're happy to recommend some very competent folks who are available for hire (although we can't guarantee their availability). The further in advance you let us know, the better, as talented people are always in high demand.
What other venue-specific expenses should I expect?
You'll need general liability insurance (we recommend Fractured Atlas). The electric bill is also your responsibility. This often comes in between $100 and $500, depending on how much you use the A/C in the theater, and the amount of theatrical lighting you hang. You'll need to make sure all your scenic elements comply with FDNY regulations—the most common expense is spraying fabrics for flame retardancy. We also require a refundable security deposit with your rental.
Are there any venue-specific quirks that might impact my decision to rent?
Of course, and please be sure to talk through your project in depth with the theater manager before making a decision so we can make sure your show and our space are the right fit for each other. For example, because we are located within a school, there are noise restrictions during school hours. If you're doing a show that relies on loud, amplified sound, please discuss with us ahead of time.
Do you require us to use a particular ticketing service?
Nope! It's totally up to you. Popular options include: OvationTix (probably the most commonly used service in off-Broadway houses, with a strong backend, good reporting and some fees for both patrons and you), Brown Paper Tickets (strong service with some of the lowest services charges in the industry and no charge to you), and Ticket Central and Vendini. There are many others out there as well.
Is there parking available?
Street parking can be hard to come by in this area. The parking lot next door does not belong to the theater and is not available to renters. There is usually space to stop a truck in front of the building to load/unload, but there is rarely parking.
Can I extend if we're selling well?
If the space is empty following your rental, then we are happy to discuss an extension. However, we are usually booked 12 - 18 months in advance, so it is rare to have available space at the last minute. If you anticipate your production being popular enough to extend, please factor the additional time into your initial rental inquiry.
Do you do single-day rentals?
The Connelly is set up best for rentals of one week or longer. If we have availability, we can sometimes accommodate single-day events. Please note that in order to keep the theater as flexible as possible for our larger shows, we strike everything in between bookings. You will need to build in time to set up the theater, including seats, and to create a light plot and hang/strike your instruments. This means that the theater is often not the right venue for simple events, such as play readings.
What about for film shoots?
We are often able to work with companies who are renting the theater to allow for film shoots. Please contact the theater manager for more information.
What is your relationship to Cornelia Connelly Center?
The Connelly Theater is part of Cornelia Connelly Center. CCC is a non-profit organization that runs a middle school for low-income girls and a graduate support program that guides their alumnae through high school and college. Revenue generated by theater rental provides income for CCC. It's a terrific and unique program, and we're proud to support their work.
What is your relationship to the Puppet Kitchen?
The Puppet Kitchen is a full-service puppetry studio located just next door to the theater, and some of the coolest people we know. The PK was founded in 2008 by Eric Wright, Emily DeCola and Michael Schupbach. They are designers, performers, builders and directors. The PK trio has designed, directed and performed with puppets for productions by The Public Theater, Disney Theme Parks, NYC Opera, Twisted Pixel Games, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, PBS, TheaterWorks USA, The Orchestra of St. Luke's, The Disney Channel, CollegeHumor.com, and many (many) more. Check them out!
Woah! My show needs puppets. Can I hire them?
They'd be delighted to talk to you! Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and introduce yourself.
What is your relationship to The Metropolitan Playhouse?
The Metropolitan Playhouse is upstairs from us. We think they are handsome and like them very much, but are not otherwise affiliated. You can find them here.
What is your relationship with the Archdiocese of New York?
The building that we're in was built by the Archdiocese in the 1860s as an orphanage, and they continue to own the property. CCC rents from the neighboring parish, and we manage the space.
What is your relationship with Dorian Gray across the street?
We can name at least 30 of the writers pictured on their walls. Can you beat that?