Horse Trade Theater Group is a self-sustaining theater development group, with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership.
Horse Trade’s continuing mission is to seek out new art, new artists, and new audiences; to create an accessible community of varied voices that values collaboration, resourcefulness, and innovation; to provide a home for independent theater artists by nurturing their development and helping to establish their artistic careers; to expose their work and promote it to local, national, and international audiences.