The Wooster Group
The Wooster Group is a New York City-based experimental theater company known for creating numerous original dramatic works. It gradually emerged during 1975-1980 from Richard Schechner's The Performance Group (1967-1980) and took its name in 1980 (the 1975-1980 independent productions being retroactively attributed to the Group). The ensemble is since directed by Elizabeth LeCompte and has launched the careers of many actors, including founding member Willem Dafoe. The Group's home is the Performing Garage in SoHo.
The Wooster Group is a not-for-profit theater company that relies on grants and donations from supporters. It has received multiple grants from the Carnegie Corporation, which has supported more than 550 New York City arts and social service institutions since its inception in 2002, and which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The Wooster Group's founding members are:
- Jim Clayburgh
- Willem Dafoe
- Spalding Gray (1941-2004)
- Libby Howes
- Elizabeth LeCompte
- Peyton Smith
- Kate Valk
- Ron Vawter (1948-1994)
- Wooster Group, "Production History since 1975".
- Roberts, Sam (2005-07-06). "New York Times: City Groups Get Bloomberg Gift of $20 Million". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-25. Retrieved on August 20, 2007
- "Guide to the Ron Vawter Papers". New York Public Library. 2002. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
- David Savran: Breaking the Rules: The Wooster Group. Reprint. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1990. ISBN 0-930452-82-8.
- Andrew Quick: The Wooster Group Workbook, London: Routledge, 2007. ISBN 978-0-415-35334-2
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