The Civilians Announces Participants of 2013-14 R&D Group
The Civilians, the award-winning New York-based theatre company, announces the members of its 2013-14 R & D Group. The group's emerging and established artists were selected from over one hundred applicants. The R & D Group is comprised of artists from multiple theatrical disciplines. Each artist or creative team will develop an original work over the season. The artists and projects were selected to represent a range of different strategies for making new work from creative inquiry and research. This diversity of approach helps feed a culture of innovation in the group, making the R & D Group an effective lab of experimentation for the field of investigative theater.
Project-leaders for the 2013-14 R&D Group are:
Teddy Bergman (Director)
Maggie-Kate Coleman (Playwright)
Melissa Crespo (Director)
Sean Cunningham (Playwright)
Julianna Francis-Kelly (Playwright)
Morgan Gould (Director)
Erato A. Kremmyda (Composer)
Michael Liebenluft (Director)
Mary Kathryn Nagle (Playwright)
Jeanine Oleson (Interdisciplinary Artist)
Sam Pinkleton (Director/Choreographer)
Riti Sachdeva (Playwright)
Tommy Smith (Playwright)
Robbie Sublett (Actor/Writer)
Tony Torn (Director)
The group will meet biweekly for nine months, during which time each artist or team of artists will develop a new piece of theater through a creative investigation of a topic chosen by each artist. The creative process may include interviewing, community engagement, research, or other experimental methods of inquiry. Led by Artistic Director Steve Cosson and R&D Coordinator EllaRose Chary, the artists will share and discuss their methodologies and the resulting work. The process will culminate in a Reading Series in May of 2014. This is the fourth season of The Civilians' R&D Group, which has an open applications selection process. Details about applying for the 2014-15 Group will be announced in the spring of 2014.
Projects this year will investigate topics such as violence in the NFL, mental health in communities of color, and more described below.
Past group members have included César Alvarez (Futurity, The Lisps), Jason Grote (Smash, Habit), Jon Kern (The Simpsons, Modern Terrorism), Heidi Schreck (There Are No More Big Secrets), and Jackie Sibblies Drury (We Are Proud to Present a Presentation... and The Lark's Jerome New York Fellow).
Founded in 2001 by Steve Cosson, The Civilians is the center for investigative theater, supporting the development and production of new theater from creative inquiries into the most vital questions of the present. The Civilians has created fourteen original works that have been produced Off Broadway and in over 40 cities nationally and internationally, at theaters such as The Public Theater, Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse, A.R.T., HBO's US Comedy Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival, London's Soho Theatre, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Fringe First Award, 2006). The company's work In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards ran to critical-acclaim at The Irondale Center in Fort Greene and was one of the "10 Best Plays of 2010" in The New York Times, Time Out New York, and The New Yorker. This Beautiful City enjoyed a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theater in 2009 receiving Lucille Lortel, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations. Gone Missing ran for seven months at Off-Broadway's Barrow Street Theater and was cited by The New York Times as one of the "10 Best Plays of 2007." The Civilians received an Obie in 2004 in recognition of its accomplishments in its first two seasons of work.