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​Artistic Home Campaign

Learn about our Artistic Home Campaign to renovate our beloved West Village Theater


“There used to be a time when theaters like Rattlestick were populated all over the West Village and other downtown spaces. Now, we are a rare breed. Investing in Rattlestick means investing in the creative genius of artists, in essential community building and gathering, and in a home that is intimate, creative and possible.

We need an artistic home that takes care of our community of artists and audiences. We need an elevator so that anyone, regardless of their physical ability, can access our theater. We need dedicated restrooms for the audience and the artists. We need expanded dressing rooms so we can produce bigger-cast productions. We need sound-proofing and assisted listening devices. Each of these needs enables us to be more courageous and more caring.

Supporting the Artistic Home Campaign is an investment in Rattlestick’s artists, audience members, and our viability to make dynamic work now and for the future. Let us dream together of a future filled with promise and possibilities.”

- Daniella Topol, Artistic Director

Project Overview

First built in 1854 and occupied by Rattlestick since 1999, Rattlestick’s home at 224 Waverly serves as both an artistic hub for the creation of daring new theater works and a gathering place where communities encounter new art and engage in complex conversations around urgent social issues. From our beloved theater, Rattlestick has helped launch the careers of hundreds of artists and produced over 125 new plays in pursuit of our mission to produce ambitious plays that inspire empathy and provoke conversation that will lead to positive social change.

The Artistic Home Campaign is designed to renovate, restore, and enhance accessibility at our theater. This investment in our artists and our community will create a more welcoming space to gather, converse, and experience work that is brave, challenging, and memorable.

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Major Scope Elements
  • Flexible Staging, Seating, and Lighting: Creating a theater that can be used in radically intimate and innovative configurations

  • ADA-Accessible Elevator: Inviting audiences and artists of diverse needs into our second-floor space

  • ADA-Accessible Bathrooms in Lobby and Backstage: Giving audiences and artists access to restrooms without disrupting performances

  • Expanded Performer Dressing Rooms: Accommodating ambitious work with larger casts

  • Expanded Lobby and Ticket Counter: Encouraging interaction and creating space for movement before and after performances

  • Sound-Proof Flooring and Windows, and Assistive Listening: Allowing for ideal sound levels for our productions, audiences, and neighbors

  • Lowering the Stage to Floor Level: Allowing for greater artistic flexibility while enhancing artist accessibility

  • Street-level and Facade Upgrades: Giving Rattlestick a more distinctive presence on Waverly Place

Project Team

Architecture Outfit: Our architect (AO) has worked on a number of notable performing arts projects across NYC, such as New York Theatre Workshop, Symphony Space, and Theatre Row.

Cirgenski+Company: Project Manager and Owner’s Representative, Chris Cirgenski, is a recognized leader in NYC’s development and project management, construction, and architecture industries, with over 40 years of diverse experience.

A special thanks to our Campaign Consultant Jennie Greer at A.D. Hamingson & Associates.

Matching Donations

Rattlestick is fortunate to have received grants from foundational partners allowing us to match new donations made in support of our Artistic Home Campaign.

The Battin Foundation will match all new contributions to the campaign under $5,000 at a 2:1 match up to a total of $75,000. The Howard Gilman is providing a 2:1 match on all contributions of $5,000 and over up to a total of $250,000.


As of March 2022, through a generous allocation from the City of New York, the support of Rattlestick’s Board, significant contributions from foundational partners and individual support, Rattlestick has raised over 78% of our $4M goal


Theater: $510,000

Front of House: $1,150,000

Back of House: $370,000

Elevator: $1,100,000

Design and Project Planning: $720,000


CAMPAIGN TOTAL: $4,000,000

Detailed budget breakdown available on request. Any funds raised over and above our $3.5M goal will be directed towards artistic reserves to support artists and ambitious projects.


October 2021 to December 2022

Fundraising Campaign

October 2021 to Spring 2023

Project Design, City Contracting, and Construction Bidding

Spring/Summer 2023

Begin Construction and Renovation, Rattlestick Productions Re-Locate

Winter/Spring 2024

Rattlestick Re-Occupancy at 224 Waverly Place

Campaign Supporters 5K+

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson

The Battin Foundation
The Baisley Powell Elebash Fund
The Booth Ferris Foundation
Frederic R. Coudert Foundation
Howard Gilman Foundation
Still Point Fund
The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation
The Tow Foundation
The W Trust

Daryl & Joseph Boren
Pam and Ray Brunt
Faith Catlin & John L. Griesemer
The Herrman Family
Nina & Bob Kaufelt        
Wendie & Bud Kroll
Robert Lomison & Drew Cross
Rosalee & Bruce Lovett
Doug Nevin/Nevin Law Group
Steven Phillips & Isabel Swift
Zachary Quinto
Betty P. Rauch
Adam Sheer
Susan Strickler & Richard Kaye
Stinson Stroup
Jennifer Swidler
Jeff Thamkittikasem & Liz Gillroy
Rattlestick Board of Directors

Please email Laura at lzlatos@rattlstick.org for more information and naming opportunities.