From time to time, TDF Stages will highlight exciting Off and Off-Off Broadway theatre companies with exclusive "getting to know you" videos.
All of these videos were directed by Mark Blankenship, TDF’s online content editor, and shot and edited by Nicholas Guldner.
MEET FLUX THEATRE ENSEMBLE
Flux Theatre Ensemble works year-round to feel close to its audiences. (Sometimes, they even serve a feast before a performance.) This video features seven members of Flux Theatre Ensemble, who discuss everything from why they love work with moral ambiguity to why they sometimes perform in bars.
MEET COMPANY XIV
Company XIV is a dance-theatre company where art and entertainment crash together. This video features company members Austin McCormick, Laura Careless, and Davon Rainey.
Company XIV is currently presenting Nutcracker Rouge: A Burlesque Confection, its naughty spin on the holiday classic.
MEET KEEN COMPANY
Keen Company is radically committed to generosity of spirit. This video features actors Marsha Mason, Kathleen Chalfant, and Keith Nobbs, as well as artistic director Jonathan Silverstein. On December 8, Keen Company will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a reunion reading of John Patrick’s The Hasty Heart.
MEET MINT THEATRE COMPANY
Mint Theater Company breathes new life into lost or neglected plays.
This video features director Davis McCallum; actors Kristin Griffith, Rob Breckenridge, and Julia Coffey; and artistic director Jonathan Bank
MEET DIXON PLACE
Dixon Place where every kind of artist tries every kind of thing.
This video features the writer-performers Dan Fishback, Sacha Yannow, and Toni Schlesinger; performer Gregg Mozgala; and Dixon Place founder/artistic director Ellie Covan.
MEET NEW JERSEY REPERTORY COMPANY
New Jersey Repertory Company, where new plays are a calling.
This video features actors Ames Adamson, Wendy Peace, and Michael Irvin Pollard, as well as stage manger Jennifer Tardibuono.and executive director Gabor Barabas.
MEET PAGE 73 THEATRE
Page 73, which lays the groundwork for the playwrights of the future.
This video features playwrights Michael Mitnick, Cori Thomas, Clare Barron, and Max Posner, as well as company leaders Liz Jones and Asher Richelli.
Pilobolus, a dance-theatre company that strives to do the impossible.
Pilobolus’ summer season at the Joyce will run from July 15 — August 10.
This video features company dancers Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Eriko Jimbo, Jordan Kriston, and Mike Tyus, as well as executive producer Itamar Kubovy and associate artistic director Renee Jaworski.
MEET CLUBBED THUMB
Clubbed Thumb, where new plays are always funny, provocative, and strange.
As part of their annual Summerworks series, Clubbed Thumb is presenting Ariel Stess’ play I’m Pretty Fucked Up through June 22.
This video features Stess, as well as Pam MacKinnon (a Tony Award-winning director and Clubbed Thumb board chair) and Maria Striar (Clubbed Thumb’s co-founder and producing artistic director.)
MEET INTAR THEATRE
Where almost every Latino theatre artist eventually comes to work
MEET STOLEN CHAIR
We are convinced that experimental theatre can be fun (and will prove it)
MEET TARGET MARGIN THEATRE
where the stories are never realistic (but always true)
MEET AXIS COMPANY
Axis Company create stories that will immerse you in a whole new world. This video features company members Randy Sharp, Brian Barnhart, and Marc Palmieri.
MEET THE PLAY COMPANY
AtThe Play Company, international playwrights are constantly invited to start conversations in America. This video features company leaders Kate Loewald and Lauren Weigel, stage directors Trip Cullman and Erica Schmidt, and playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri.
MEET NEW YORK NEO-FUTURISTS
The New York Neo-Futurists create 30 plays a week, and they want you to join in the creative explosion. This video features interviews with nine (!) current Neo-Futurists.
The company’s signature show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes, runs almost every weekend of the year.
MEET BLESSED UNREST
At Blessed Unrest, theatre is never defined by just one language, culture, or storytelling style. This video features company founders Jessica Burr and Matt Opatrny, as well as the performers Damen Scranton and Sonia Villani.
MEET THE PEARL THEATRE
The Pearl Theatre Company is a resident company of actors mines the riches in classic plays.
In this video, you’ll meet the actors Rachel Botchan, Dominic Cuskern, Sean McNall, and Carol Schultz, as well as interim artistic director Kate Farrington.
MEET NEW GEORGES
At New Georges, female artists gather to make boundary-exploding new work.
In this video, you’ll meet company leaders Susan Bernfield, Sarah Cameron Sunde, and Jaynie Saunders Tiller, as well as directors Daniella Topol and Julie Kramer.
MEET CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY
At Classic Stage Company, the world’s greatest plays grab you by the shirt and remind you to live. The video features CSC staffers Brian Kulick and Greg Reiner, as well as actor Daniel Davis.
IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE
Irish Repertory Theatre has a native understanding of Irish plays and musicals. In the video, you’ll hear from Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O’Reilly, the company’s founders and leaders, as well as John Keating, who has acted with Irish Rep in over a dozen shows.
MEET THE SHELTER
The Shelter is a company whose work is often a daring surprise because they make room for artists trying to grow.
MEET HORSE TRADE THEATRE GROUP
The Horse Trade Theater Group supports everything from sword swallowers to burlesque performers to playwrights living on the edge.
MEET WILD PROJECT
Wild Project is an eco-friendly, up-for-anything theatre in the East Village that gives a home to some of New York’s most adventurous artists.
MEET THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
The York Theatre Company specializes in musicals new and old. Along with York staff, this film features Stephen Temperley, whose play Souvenir premiered at the York before moving to Broadway.
MEET TRANSPORT GROUP
TheTransport Group tells rich American stories with striking visual panache.
MEET PAN ASIAN REP
Pan Asian Repertory (or Pan Asian Rep) has been telling seldom-told stories of Asian culture for over 30 years.
MEET THE BRICK
The Brick is a theatre in Williamsburg that lets artists risk everything.
MEET THE AMORALISTS
The Amoralists produce intelligent, boundary-pushing plays that have made them one of the most crucial young troupes in the city.