Artistic Programming

New York’s artists and performers help bring Little Island’s park landscape to life, inspiring discovery and joy for all who visit. Through our Artists-in-Residence program, we partner with a cohort of innovative performing artists and visionaries to help curate and lead programming and events throughout the park. Local artists interested in bringing their talents to Little Island can apply through our annual Perform in the Park open call program, for paid performance opportunities. Learn more about our roster of artists by visiting our Artists Archive. 

PigPen Theatre Co in the Southwest Overlook

PigPen Theatre Co.

Actors, musicians, storytellers

This group of innovative artists has been performing original songs and plays since their freshman year together at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. They’ve since shared their unique brand of theater, music, and film on stages worldwide, wowing audiences of all ages with their interactive theatrical productions.
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Ayodele Casel in The Amph

Ayodele Casel

Tap dancer and choreographer

Ayodele Casel’s origins in theater, combined with her love for storytelling and tap dance, bring a distinct narrative quality to her choreographic work. Born in The Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico, Ayodele’s work is rooted in the expression of identity, culture, language, and communication.
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Tina Landau in The Glade

Tina Landau

Playright and director

Tony nominee and Drama Desk winner Tina Landau is an acclaimed writer and director whose Broadway credits include Spongebob Squarepants, Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts, and the revival of Bells Are Ringing, as well as numerous Off-Broadway productions. Tina is also a member of Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theatre.
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Michael McElroy in the Southwest Overlook

Michael McElroy

Actor, singer, music director

Michael McElroy’s numerous Broadway credits include Sunday In the Park with George, Next to Normal, Rent, and more. An accomplished vocal arranger and Musical Director, Michael is the Founder of Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV), the award-winning choir made up of Broadway performers.
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Thank you to all who applied to Perform in the Park 2022!

Perform in the Park is our annual open call submissions process that invites New Yorkers to be a part of our annual summer programming. We look for performers who can channel New York’s iconic spontaneity and energy, and bring that spirit to life on Little Island’s dynamic stages and spaces, surrounded by nature, water, and city views. In 2021 and 2022, we have approximately 75 Perform in the Park artists. We can’t wait to share their talents with you next summer!

Since Little Island’s 2021 opening, 1,260 artists have helped to bring the park to life with their talents and creativity, performing all throughout our stages and delighting visitors at every turn. We’re proud to have collaborated with so many talented artists from a wide range of disciplines and styles. Learn more about our roster of artists below. 

Aaron Mattocks  — Performance Art/Dance
Abraham Sparrow — Clown, Juggler, and Magician
Acrobuffos — Physical Comedy
Amber Iman  — Vocalist

Amber Iman  — Vocalist

Anbessa Orchestra — Ethio-Jazz Music
Andre Imanishi — Dance, Tap
Andy Wang — Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele
Anil Salem — Singer-Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist
Ann Klein — Guitar, Mandolin
Anthony Carrera — World Music, Multi-Instrumentalist
Anthony Rodriguez/ The House Of Xtravaganza — Performance Art/Dance
Avoir Motion Dance Project — Dance
Baby Chemist —  Americana Retro Band
Baby Soda Jazz Band — Small Ensemble Traditional Jazz Music
Bandits on the Run — Indie/Folk-Pop/Americana Music
Barkha Patel — Classical Kathak Dance
Bill Bowers Mime — Mime and Physical Theater
Bossa Tap Trio — Tap Dance and Brazilian Live Music 
Braata Folk Singers — Caribbean Folk Singing
Brinda Guha — Classical Kathak Dance
Broadway Inspirational Voices — Broadway Choir
Broken Box Mime Theater — Mime and Physical Theater
Cassandra — Singer-Songwriter
ChelseaDee Harrison — Educational Theater
Christopher Davis — Ukelele
Christopher Rudd — Contemporary ballet, Traditional African Dance
Claudia Goddard —Ukulele
Country City — Folk/Country/Rock/Bluegrass Music
Cristian Allexis & Urbanova —World /Latin/Folk Music
Crystal Monee Hall — Vocalist
Daniel J Watts — Vocalist
Daniel Nayeri — Author/Storyteller
Danni Gee — Dance
Darrell Moultrie — Dance
David Haff — Abstract Art
Dena Tauriello — Percussion
Earl Moseley and Steffen Coleman – Diversity of Dance — Dance
East By North Dance Theatre — Modern Theatrical Dance
Ed Rosini — Actor/Storyteller
Eddie Hernandez – Dance
Eganam Segbefia — Solo Trumpet, Classical/Jazz/Pop Music
Ellenore Scott — Dance
Ephrat Asherie Dance — African American and Latinx Street and Social Dance
Eric Robert Jacobson —  Classical Music
Eyeglasses — Electric Cello Music
Fantcha — Singer/Songwriter
Fiddler and The Crossroads — Cajun/Punk Music
FJK Dance — Contemporary/Ballet
Gabriel Chakarji — Pianist
Gabriel Royal — Cellist, Vocalist
George Farmer — Vocalist
Glenn Roth — Solo Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar
Griots in Concert — Storytelling and Music/Folk Arts
Hasta La Zeta —  Cumbia Music
Haus Of Us — Vogue Dance
Hiroko Taguchi — Violin, Viola
Hit The Lights! Theater Co. —  Devised Theater/Shadow Puppetry
House of Waters — World Jazz Music
Huntertones — Horn Band
Ishita Jain —  Live Drawing
It’s Showtime NYC! — Street Dance
Jared Alexander Sprague — Tap Dance
Jared Grimes — Tap Dance
Jason Daniely — Actor, Vocalist
Jen Sanchez —  Vocalist/Guitarist
Jeremiah Moore — Sound Artist
Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project — Ballet
Jessica Molaskey — Vocalist
Jo Lampert — Vocalist, Musical Theater
Jodie Landau — Vocalist/Percussionist
Joel Jeske — Vaudevillian Comedy Performer
John Pizzarelli — Folk Guitarist/Vocalist
John The Martyr — Soul/Funk/R&B Music
Jon Hill — Actor
Jon Lampley — Vocalist
Jon Sands — Author/Storyteller
Josh Henry — Singer/Songwriter/Broadway performer
Josh Prince — Dance
Joya Bravo — Violinist/Vocalist
Julia Jones —
Julian Austin — Singing Artist and Entertainer
Kate Douglas — Audio Promenade Piece
Katy Pyle — Ballet
Kevin Crawford — Flautist
Kelvin Moon Loh — Musical Theater
Kinesis Project Dance Theatre — Large Scale Outdoor Dance
Kiran Ahluwalia — Indian Contemporary/Western Blues/Rock/R&B/Jazz Music
Koku Gonza —  Singer/Guitarist/Pianist
Le’asha Julius — Singer/Songwriter
Leah Ogawa and Andrea Ang — Puppet Theater
Leo Manzari — Tap/Jazz/Swing/Ballet Dance
Leonardo Sandoval & Gregory Richardson/ Music From The Sole — Afro-Diasporic Tap Dance and Music
Libby Winters — Vocalist, Musical Theater
Lil Buck — Jookin
Linda Loves Bingo — Drag Artist
Little Orchestra Society —  Music Ensemble
Lydia Fine & Tony Blahd — Multi-Disciplinary Artists, Animation
Maddie Pizzarelli — Folk Vocalist/Guitarist
Mahogany L. Browne — Poet/Author
Marcelino Feliciano — Jazz Music
Marcus Paul James — Singer-Songwriter, Soul Music
Mariachi Real De Mexico — Traditional Mariachi Music/Latin Music
Marina Celander — Hula
Mark Dover — Clarinetist
Mark Gindick — Physical Comedy, Theater Artist
Matt Gould — Musical Theater
Maurice Chestnut’s Dance Therapy — Hoofing
Michael Thurber —Multi-Instrumentalist
Michela Marino Lerman – Love Movement — Tap Dance and Music
Michiyaya Dance — Multidisciplinary Dance
Misha Fiskel — DJ
Missing Element —  Beatbox and Street Dancing
Mondays in the Club With Lance —  Cabaret/Performance Art
Morgan James & Doug Wamble — Singer & Jazz Guitarist
MOVE NYC — Multidisciplinary Dance Ensemble
Mozaik Dance — Popping, House/Contemporary/Hip-Hop Dance
Music From The Sole – Leonardo Sandoval & Gregory Richardson — Tap Dance and Music
Nambi E. Kelley — Playwright, Theater Artist
nicHi douglas — Experimental Theater
The Opera Collective — Opera Music
Paradise Drummers —  Africans Drum Music and Dance
Parallel Exit — Circus
Phil Kaye — Poetry
Philippe Lemm Trio —  Jazz Music
Pride Plays — Performance Art Theatre
Priya Darshini — Indian Classical Music
Randy Mason — Hip-Hop/Rap Music
Ray Mercer — Dance
Rebecca Lowry — Poetry, Fine Art
Rebecca Naomi Jones — Broadway performer
Rokafella — Hip Hop Dance
Ronald K. Brown – Evidence — Traditional African and Contemporary Dance
Rovaco Dance Company — Dance
Sameena Mitta – MeenMoves — Interactive Dance Theater
Sara Bareilles — Singer/Songwriter/Pianist
Sara Ontaneda — Alternative Pop Music
Sarah Dahnke —  Multidisciplinary Dance
Sarah Kay — Poetry
Saung Budaya Dance —Indonesian Dance
Saw Lady — Musical Saw Player
Senfuab Stoney — Percussionist
ShadowDance —  Shadowplay Dance
Shaina Taub — Vocalist, Accordionist
Sister Nancy — Jamaican Dancehall Singer
Soul In The Horn — DJ/Live Music
Stacy Sargeant —  Musical Theater
STEFA*  — Classical Minimalism, Punk/Experimental Pop Music
Stephanie Chou — Chinese influenced, Jazz, Classical/Pop Music
Stephen “The BubbleMan” Duncan — Performance/Bubble Art
StreetMule — Solo Percussion and Didgeridoo Music
Sugar Vendil — Composer, Pianist, Choreographer, Interdisciplinary artist
Suki Rae — Flutist, Singer-Songwriter
Ted Louis Levy — Tap Dance
Tessa Lark — Vocalist
The Afro-Latineers — Afro-Latin Jazz Music
The High School of Fashion Industries — Fashion Design
The Lobbyists — Music, Theater
The Opera Collective — Opera
The Tale Of Chef Kale —  Performance Art, Song/Dance/Theater/Food Art
The Westerlies — Jazz/New Classical/Appalachian Folk Music
Tomoe Carr — Freestyle Dance
Tony Kadleck — Trumpeter
Tony Yazbeck — Tap Dance
Torya Beard — Multidisciplinary Dance
Underground Horns — Afro-Funk Latin Brass Band
Viva Vallenato! Cumbia Band — Vallenato and Cumbia Music
Wabafu Garifuna Dance Theatre — Garifuna/Folkloric/ Modern Dance
XinOu Wei —  Solo Violinist
Yasser Tejeda & Palotré — Jazz/Rock/Caribbean Music
ZONE — Jazz Music
Zydeco Revelatora — Zydeco and Cajun Music