Ensemble Studio Theatre Biography

Ensemble Studio Theatre (William Carden, Artistic Director; Paul A. Slee, Executive Director) -- commonly known as EST -- was founded by Curt Dempster in 1968 on the belief that extraordinary support yields extraordinary work. It is a dynamic and expanding family of theatre people committed to the discovery and nurturing of new voices, and the continued support and growth of artists throughout their creative lives. Its ensemble works together repeatedly over time to develop and produce original, provocative, and authentic new plays. With 591 ensemble artists concentrated mainly in New York City, EST has been under the artistic direction of William Carden since 2007. EST was honored with 2012 Obie Awards for its under-30 playwrights program, Youngblood, and for Ensemble artist Steven Boyer for his outstanding performance in 2011's breakout success, Hand To God, developed and originally produced by EST. Hand To God opened to rave reviews at the Booth Theater on Broadway in March 2015, and is now nominated for five Tony Awards. EST received two 2013 Drama Desk Award Nominations for its sold-out production of Finks by Joe Gilford. In 2014 its original production Year of the Rooster, by Eric Dufault, garnered a 2014 Drama Desk Award best featured actor nomination for Bobby Moreno and a NY Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for Eric Dufault for an outstanding Off Broadway debut by a playwright.

Ensemble Studio Theatre Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Special Award
Ensemble Studio Theatre, When January Feels Like Summer
Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Play
Ensemble Studio Theatre, Hand to God
Obie Awards - 2012 - Special Citation: Ross Wetzsteon Grant
Ensemble Studio TheatreYoungblood
Helen Hayes Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Resident Play
Studio TheatreSuperior Donuts
Helen Hayes Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Resident Musical
Studio TheatreAdding Machine: A Musical
Helen Hayes Awards - 2009 - The Canadian Embassy Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play
Studio TheatreHistory Boys
Helen Hayes Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Resident Play
Studio TheatreSouvenir, A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins
Helen Hayes Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Resident Musical
Studio TheatreCaroline, or Change
Helen Hayes Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Non-Resident Production
Studio TheatreRicky Jay and His 52 Assistants
Helen Hayes Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Resident Play
Studio TheatreTake Me Out
Studio TheatreA Number
Helen Hayes Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Non-Resident Production
Studio TheatreFlow
Studio TheatreLackawanna Blues
Studio TheatreLypsinka! The Boxed Set
Helen Hayes Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Resident Musical
Studio TheatreA New Brain
Helen Hayes Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Resident Play
Studio TheatreJitney
Studio TheatreThe Invention of Love
Studio TheatreMASTER HAROLD ... and the boys
Helen Hayes Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Resident Musical
Studio TheatreSlam!
Helen Hayes Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Resident Play
Studio TheatreIndian Ink
Helen Hayes Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Non-Resident Production
Studio TheatreVagina Monologues
Helen Hayes Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Resident Play
Studio TheatreOld Settler
Studio TheatreSeven Guitars
Studio TheatreOld Wicked Songs
Helen Hayes Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Resident Musical
Studio TheatreHip 2: Birth of the Boom
Studio TheatreBessie's Blues
Helen Hayes Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Resident Play
Studio TheatreThree Sisters
Helen Hayes Awards - 1993 - Outstanding Resident Musical
Studio TheatreFalsettoland
Helen Hayes Awards - 1993 - Outstanding Resident Play
Studio TheatreLisbon Traviata
Helen Hayes Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Resident Production
Studio TheatreWhen I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout
Studio TheatreFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Olivier Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production
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Olivier Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Production
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Olivier Awards - 1989 - Outstanding Resident Musical
Studio TheatreGifts of the Magi
Olivier Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Production
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