Incubator Arts Project

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Incubator Arts Project
Ontological Theater, Incubator
Address131 East 10th Street
New York City
United States
Years active1992-2014

The Incubator Arts Project was an Off-Off-Broadway theater located above St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery in the East Village of Manhattan, New York City.


Ontological Theater (1992-2005)[edit]

In 1992, Richard Foreman founded the Ontological Theater at St. Marks as a home for his theater company, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater.[1] The space hosted 18 of Foreman's original works, in addition to curating works by several emerging downtown theater companies and artists, including Radiohole, Elevator Repair Service, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Richard Maxwell and Young Jean Lee.[2]

Incubator (2005-2010)[edit]

The theater's many emerging artists programs were restructured in 2005 by artistic directors Morgan von Prelle Pecelli and Shannon Sindelar under the umbrella "Incubator," including a residency program for premieres, two annual music festivals, a regular concert series, a serial work-in-progress program called Short Form, and various roundtables and salons.[3][4]

Incubator Arts Project (2010-2014)[edit]

In 2010, Richard Foreman's theater company left the theater at St. Marks, and the theater was renamed the Incubator Arts Project, led by director-producers Sindelar and Samara Naeymi, designer Peter Ksander, production manager Brendan Regimbal, and composer Travis Just.[5] The newly formed company received a 2010 Obie Award grant and continued to curate a season of new emerging artists, through their New Performance Series, Short Form, Music, and an annual festival, Other Forces. Presented artists included Banana Bag & Bodice, The Debate Society, Daniel Fish, Half Straddle, Hoi Polloi, Object Collection, Buran Theatre, Theater of a Two-Headed Calf, Vampire Cowboys, and Witness Relocation.[6]

In early 2014, the Incubator Arts Project announced it would be closing on July 1, 2014.[7][8] The former Incubator Arts space is now occupied by the offices and dance school of the New York Theater Ballet.[9]

Notable Productions[edit]

  • The Mind King by Richard Foreman, January 1992. Inaugural production.[10]
  • McGurk: A Cautionary Tale by Elevator Repair Service, 1994.[11]
  • Shut Up I Tell You (I Said Shut Up I Tell You) by Elevator Repair Service, 1995.[11]
  • The Four Twins by Copi, directed by Sophie Hoviland, June 1996.[12]
  • The Train Station by Pavol Liska (Co-Artistic Director of Nature Theater of Oklahoma), July 1996.[13]
  • Billings by Richard Maxwell, October 1997.[14]
  • Pagaent by Ken Nintzel, June 2000.[15]
  • St. Scarlet by Julia Jordan, June 2003.[16]
  • Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Young Jean Lee, July 2003.[17]
  • Panel.Animal by Banana Bag & Bodice, July 2005.[18]
  • The Sewers by Banana Bag & Bodice, July 2006.[18]
  • Dysphoria by Alec Duffy (Artistic Director of Hoi Polloi and founder of JACK), August 2007.[19]
  • Vicious Dogs on Premises by Witness Relocation, May 2008.[20]
  • The Knockout Blow by Tina Satter, August 2008. Obie Award winning company Half Straddle's first production.[21]
  • Astronome: A Night at the Opera by Richard Foreman, March 2009. Foreman's final show at the space.[10]
  • The less we talk by Hoi Polloi, April 2009.[22]
  • Family by Half Straddle, August 2009.[21]
  • Laika Dog in Space by The Neo-Futurists, October 2009.[23]
  • Trifles by Theater of a Two-Headed Calf, January 2010. Obie Award winning company.[24]
  • Three Pianos by Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy and Dave Malloy, February 2010. Obie Award, Special Citation.[25]
  • The Really Big Once by Target Margin, April 2010. Obie Award winning company.[26]
  • Buddy Cop 2 by The Debate Society, June 2010. Obie Award winning company.[27]
  • The Little Death, Vol. 1 by Matt Marks (of Alarm Will Sound), July 2010.[28]
  • The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G by Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company, April 2011.[29]
  • All Hands by Hoi Polloi, March 2012.[30]
  • Grimly Handsome by Julia Jarcho, January 2013. Obie Award, Best New American Play.[31]
  • Eternal by Daniel Fish, August 2013.[32]
  • Black Wizard / Blue Wizard by Eliza Bent and Dave Malloy, December 2013.[33]
  • Magic Bullets by Buran Theatre, May 2014.[34]
  • Katorga by OZET, June 2014. Final show in the space.[35]


  1. ^ Als, Hilton. "Richard Foreman takes on the ghosts of imperialism". The New Yorker, January 26, 2004
  2. ^ Shaw, Helen. "Richard Foreman's Ontological Theater Leaves St. Marks". Time Out New York, April 16, 2010
  3. ^ "About". Richard Foreman's website. New York.
  4. ^ Healy, Patrick. "Incubator Arts Project to Close". New York Times, April 16, 2014
  5. ^ Shaw, Helen. "Incubator Arts Project". Time Out New York, July 26, 2010
  6. ^ "In Performance, January 10, 2013". Contemporary Performance website. New York.
  7. ^ "The Incubator Arts Project Says Goodbye". TCG Circle. New York.
  8. ^ Spokony, Sam. "Incubator Arts Project to Close" The Villager, May 29, 2014
  9. ^ "A New Home for New York Theater Ballet". New York Times ArtsBeat. New York.
  10. ^ a b "Productions". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  11. ^ a b "Elevator Repair Service: Timeline by Year". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  12. ^ BEN BRANTLEY (1996-06-12). "Theater in Review - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  13. ^ RONNIE BRITTON (1997-01-12). "The Salary May Be Tiny, but It's Priceless Practice - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  14. ^ JESSE MCKINLEY (2006-01-18). "Playwright's Trademark Is Deadpan. Now He Wants to Tweak It. - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  15. ^ BEN BRANTLEY (2000-06-27). "THEATER IN REVIEW; Women Trying to Be Madonnas: The Biblical Variety, That Is - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  16. ^ BEN BRANTLEY (2003-01-17). "THEATER REVIEW; In This Mind's Décor, Sex Is No Love Seat - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  17. ^ "Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals (2003) - Young Jean Lee's Theater Company Archive". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  18. ^ a b LongYarnfirst production: 2016 (2015-12-09). "Shows". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  19. ^ ANDREA STEVENS (2007-08-11). "Dysphoria - Theater - Review - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  20. ^ Menard, Paul (2008-06-03). "Vicious Dogs on Premises". Backstage. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  21. ^ a b "Shows €" Half Straddle". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  22. ^ ANDY WEBSTER (2009-05-02). "An Ensemble That Jules Feiffer Would Recognize at St. Mark's Church - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  23. ^ Harrison, Byrne (2009-10-25). "Review - Laika Dog in Space (New York Neo-Futurists)". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  24. ^ KEN JAWOROWSKI (2010-02-14). "Theater of a Two-Headed Calf Takes On Susan Glaspell's Play - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  25. ^ Gordon Cox (2010-05-17). "Annie Baker wins big at Obie Awards – Variety". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  26. ^ BEN BRANTLEY (2010-05-08). "'Camino Real,' Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  27. ^ JASON ZINOMAN (2010-06-12). "Debate Society's Offbeat Play Has Chemistry - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  28. ^ STEVE SMITH (2010-07-09). "Boy Meets Girl in Matt Marks's 'Little Death, Vol. 1' - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  29. ^ JASON ZINOMAN (2012-03-04). "'The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G,' by Qui Nguyen - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  30. ^ JASON ZINOMAN (2012-03-31). "'All Hands,' by Hoi Polloi, at Incubator Arts Project - The New York Times". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  31. ^ Healy, Patrick. "Obie Awards Honor 'Detroit' and 'Grimly Handsome'".
  32. ^ Rocco, Claudia La. "'Eternal,' by Daniel Fish, at Incubator Arts Project".
  33. ^ Collins-Hughes, Laura. "'Black Wizard/Blue Wizard' at St. Mark's Church".
  34. ^ "Wellness And Health Are The Focus Of Buran Theatre's 'Magic Bullets'". 11 May 2014.
  35. ^ "Incubator Arts Project to close after a decade of experimental programming - The Villager Newspaper".

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