The Wooster Group

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The Performing Garage in 2014

The Wooster Group is a New York City-based experimental theater company known for creating numerous original dramatic works. It gradually emerged from Richard Schechner's The Performance Group (1967-1980) during the period from 1975 to 1980, and took its name in 1980; the independent productions of 1975-1980 are retroactively attributed to the Group.[1]

The ensemble is 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 at 33 Wooster Street between Grand and Broome Streets in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. As of 2014, the company consists of 16 members. In addition, there are 29 "Associates".[2]

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.

Founding members[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

The Wooster Group has won numerous awards, among which are nine Obie Awards, six Bessie Awards, the 1993 Edwin Booth Award for Significant Contributions to New York Theater, and the 1985 National Endowment for the Arts Ongoing Ensembles Grant.[4]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Wooster Group, "Production History since 1975".
  2. ^ a b "Ron Vawter Papers, 1963-1994". New York Public Library. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "About the Company:Founding and Original Members" on the Wooster Group website
  4. ^ "History:Selected Awards" on the Wooster Group website

Further reading

  • Quick, Andrew. The Wooster Group Workbook, London: Routledge, 2007. ISBN 978-0-415-35334-2
  • Savran, David. Breaking the Rules: The Wooster Group. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1990. ISBN 0-930452-82-8.

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