The Wooster Group
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.
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".
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. The Wooster Group are characterised by their extremely experimental style, often incorporating aspects of AV such as live stream, recorded sound and pre-recorded video into their performance work. Their performances are often of classic texts such as Shakespeare, Chekhov and Eugene O'Neill.
Awards and honors
- Wooster Group, "Production History since 1975".
- "Ron Vawter Papers, 1963-1994". New York Public Library. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- Schuessler, Jennifer (2016-09-28). "Elizabeth LeCompte of the Wooster Group Wins the Gish Prize". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
- "About the Company:Founding and Original Members" on the Wooster Group website
- "History:Selected Awards" on the Wooster Group website
- 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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