The Mission of Collective: Unconscious is to foster an inclusive, creative community in Lower Manhattan that serves as an incubator and launching pad for emerging artists in New York City. Founded in 1995 by a group of multi disciplined artists, Collective: Unconscious was conceived both to perform unique experimental theater and to administer a space that would serve as a community resource and laboratory in the performing arts.
Collective: Unconscious supports the emerging arts community of New York City in several practical ways: (1) by providing an administrative and technical resource center for artistic development, management and action; (2) by helping artists to promote their work; and (3) by providing a low cost venue for rehearsals and performances.
The group’s home originated on Avenue B, then moved in 1994 to 145 Ludlow Street, where it resided until July of 2004, when it moved to its present location. In the past ten years, Collective: Unconscious has served as the presenter for hundreds of groups and has hosted weekly events such as Reverend Jen's Anti-Slam, an open performance night for aspiring "artstars," as well as The Robert Beck Memorial Cinema for experimental filmmakers. Collective:Unconscious has also been an anchor venue for the New York Fringe Festival, the Downtown Arts Festival, and the Lower East Side Film Festival.