St. Ann’s Warehouse (SAW) is a unique venue that features innovative productions of theatre and music, often serving as a laboratory for collaborative performances that blend the two genres. SAW often commissions new works, bringing renowned artists together in the production of forward-thinking work; notable artists have included David Bowie, Aimee Mann, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, Charlie Kaufman and the Coen Brothers, the Globe Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland.
The organization known as Arts at St. Ann’s opened in 1980 and was originally housed at the historic Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn Heights. For 21 years Arts at St. Ann’s featured an eclectic and genre-bending series of concerts in its Gothic Revival sanctuary, also raising millions to aid the restoration of the National Historic Landmark edifice. Soon after the events of September 11, 2001, the organization moved to its present home, an old spice-milling factory at 38 Water Street in Brooklyn, located on the Brooklyn Waterfront in the neighborhood known as DUMBO (“Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass”).
Since that move, the organization has continued as St. Ann’s Warehouse, broadening its scope and commissioning ever more expansive work. A sample of SAW’s offerings in recent years includes puppetry, alt-country opera, live onstage ‘sound plays’ and other multimedia performances, with an emphasis on theatrical storytelling.
St. Ann’s Warehouse Information
- Public Transportation: Good (Convenient to subway lines A and C at High Street; F at York Street; and bus B25)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is Tuesday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: Vary per production, but generally $20–$55, discounts vary per production, shows occasionally available on Goldstar.com
- Membership: You can become a member for as little as $50. Member benefits include opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public and free ticket exchanges.