Rockwell Group has joined forces with TAIT to create OpenStage NYC, a new initiative that utilizes portable staging, to help arts organizations move to outdoor performances this summer. TAIT is using equipment from its vast, reconfigurable staging inventory to create unique, quick-deploying staging systems. Design footprints accommodate the stages for outdoor production facilities and allow for up to a 75-person audience socially distanced.
“We’re hopeful that these stages will provide a safe, entertainment destination for New Yorkers and offer creative and economic opportunities for actors, dancers and arts groups.” – David Rockwell, founder and President of Rockwell Group.
To program the stages, Rockwell Group and TAIT have partnered with arts organizations in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens – Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!). These organizations are booking performances in the same or multiple locations within the borough for Summer 2021. All revenues generated by performances utilizing the stages will go to the arts organizations.
TAIT’s Brian Levine, President, Projects said, “The last year has had a huge impact on our industry, and we’re thrilled to support the arts in bringing live entertainment back to New Yorkers. Our expertise lends itself to this quick-to-deploy endeavor and we’re proud to put the inventory to work in this unique way, supporting Rockwell Group’s vision. We’re honored to work with Rockwell Group to bring venues to the arts community and support their mission by way of outdoor performances spaces. We all need to experience the joy of the performing arts community, now more than ever.”
To kick off the Summer in New York, Rockwell Group and TAIT unveiled the first of several OpenStage NYC performances with the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!). BAAD!’s Mini Kiki Ball was the first public event that utilized one of the three portable stages helping arts organizations move to outdoor performances. The first event also comes as New Yorkers eagerly embrace a return to normalcy this summer and celebrate a reintegration with their communities. An additional OpenStage NYC organization, locations, and programming will be announced in late June.