Fresh Ground Pepper (FGP) is a New York-based non-profit company that exists solely to serve artists’ needs. Our mission is to provoke the artist to make art, and to prompt the generation of new works of art, new methodologies, and new mediums.

Since its inception in 2009, FGP has hosted over 50 events that showcase theater-makers, musicians, dancers, media artists, comedians, visual/installation artists, writers, and designers, with the intention of jumpstarting and celebrating the creative process. 100% of our programming is devoted to developing emerging art,and our submissions process is open to all applications.


Challenges are a platform for work that’s been developed using an FGP specific prompt. The shifting guidelines, prompts, and forced collaborations aim to jumpstart artist creation.Get Involved in an FGP Challenge by first signing up on our MAILING LIST and keep an eye out for our call for artists. Then simply SUBMIT HERE for any prompt that you’re jazzed about and we’ll get back to you from there! Check out the ARCHIVE to see past examples.

FGP’s annual retreat, BRB is a place for artists or collaborative teams to escape the hussle and bussle of New York City and focus themselves towards a specific project. To Apply fill out an application online. Applications open in early March. Check back on our BRB PAGE to find out more information for this year’s retreat.

FGP’s year long development series, Playground, helps a group of writers and creators develop full length pieces over the course of an entire year. To Apply fill out an application online. Applications open in Late December/early January of each year. Check out the PLAYGROUND PAGE for further information.

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By continuing to grow our community of participating artists + audiences, we are able to increase the diversity of thought and approach.

innovative prompts
Our prompts are designed to inspire artists to create new concepts, try new methodologies, or develop new mediums of work.

resourcing artists
We help remove logistical roadblocks from the creative process,allowing our artists to more fully focus on experimental creativity.

By issuing deadlines, we propel artists through initial incubation of ideas into building concrete proof-of-concept works.

Our showings aim to create a fluid conversation between artist + audience

artistic zeitgeist
We aim to give aggressive momentum to new thoughts entering the artistic community.

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Selected for his multi-disciplinary practice and strong involvement in previous FGP programming: choreographer, actor, and director Trevor Salter will be provided rehearsal space, an end-of-year showing and an opportunity to utilize FGP’s short-term artist challenges as well as its long-term creative development programs to further his unique artistic voice.
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Trevor F. Salter is a Manhattan-based choreographer and performer whose work has been seen at Judson Memorial Church, Dixon Place, Irondale Arts Center, The Flea Theater, The Sheen Center, and New York University. His latest work, Indulgence(s) (Dixon Place, 2015), began its development at FGP’s BRB retreat in 2014. He has also debuted new work at numerous FGP events such as Epic: Djurassik Parc, FGP Birthday, and Epic: Sgt. Pepper. In addition, he was a performer at Camp Over There (2015), FGP’s performance initiative at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. A graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing and Atlantic Acting School, his additional performance credits include the original cast of Here Lies Love at The Public Theater, as well as the newly-released feature film Ricki & The Flash, starring Meryl Streep.


Tessa Keating
Jensen Melton
Brenda Neisler
Deck Neisler
Caitlin Machak
Ari Schrier
Elizabeth Alderfer
Lynne Marie Rosenberg
Joel Soren
Ben Gullard
Annie Tippe
Rollyne Klem
Jerry Lieblich
Alex Kveton
Matthew Gehring
Andrew Butler
Jim Helms
Shelby Colona
Eric Phillips
Daniel Johnsen
Ian Axness
Jason Eagan
Matthew Jellison
Caitlin Crowley
Lena Hudson
Dianne Nora
Eric Farber
Marty Rosen
Katya Stepanov
Laura Boykin
Jenna Dioguardi
AP Andrews
Colby Day
Zach Dryden
Michael Duquette
Noam Shapiro
Callan Stout
Phillip Kadowaki
Jessica Shelton
Lindsey Hope Pearlman

Lisa Reilly
Brittany Crowell
Russell Block
Eduard Bauer
Andrew Crider
Kenneth Musante
Rebecca Vineyard
Taylor Bell
Heather McDevitt Barton
Syndey Matthews
Mateo Correa
Elizabeth R Barnett
Kate Weber
Quinn Franzen
Caitlin Sullivan
Joe Cantalupo
Sarah Hoit
Katie Aholt
David Syner

Fresh Ground Pepper is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).
Fresh Ground Pepper is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. In Kings County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC)

FGP is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered and approved by the Federal Government as tax exempt. Your gift is tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.