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Ensemble Studio Theatre BIO

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 Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2004]
[Off-Off-Broadway, 1986]
[Off-Broadway, 1984]
[Off-Broadway, 1979]

Ensemble Studio Theatre Awards and Nominations

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

Helen Hayes Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Resident Musical

Studio TheatreAdding Machine: A Musical

Helen Hayes Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Resident Play

Studio TheatreSouvenir, A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

Helen Hayes Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Non-Resident Production

Studio TheatreRicky Jay and His 52 Assistants

Helen Hayes Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Resident Play

Studio TheatreThe Invention of Love

Helen Hayes Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Resident Play

Studio TheatreMASTER HAROLD ... and the boys

Helen Hayes Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Resident Musical

Studio TheatreHip 2: Birth of the Boom

Helen Hayes Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Resident Production

Studio TheatreWhen I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout

Helen Hayes Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Resident Production

Studio TheatreFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Ensemble Studio Theatre Videos

Ensemble Studio Theatre News

Cast Set for Dominique Morisseau's SUNSET BABY at Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre has revealed the cast of Dominique Morisseau's 'Sunset Baby,' directed by Steve H. Broadnax III.

Yale In Hollywood Fest Announces Full Line-up For Its Fourth Annual Global Virtual Film Festival

The festival will also present its inaugural Career Achievement Award to out Yale alum Justin Noble (left on photo) known for writing and producing TV series such as The Sex Life of College Girls, Never Have I Ever and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

REDCAT Closes Out 2023 With Sara Lyon THIS EMANCIPATION THING, December 9

On Dec. 9, 2023, Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), CalArts' center for contemporary arts in downtown Los Angeles, presents This Emancipation Thing, the newest theater work from director Sara Lyons.

Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Reveal EST/Sloan Project Commissions

 ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE (EST) (Estefanía Fadul & Graeme Gillis, Co-Artistic Directors) and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Doron Weber, Vice President and Program Director) have announced new EST/Sloan Project commissions for the 2023-2024 season.

POOR CLARE Comes to Stage West This Month

What causes a pampered young woman to give it all up, and take the difficult path which will lead to sainthood?  The answers will surprise and charm you, as Stage West presents Poor Clare, a delightfully modern take on a true story, which begins a 3-week run on Thursday, November 30. 

La Jolla Playhouse Unveils Projects for 2023 DNA New Work Series

La Jolla Playhouse has revealed the dates and projects for its 2023 DNA New Work Series, running November 30 – December 10.

Journalist Gloria Oladipo Receives The Second Annual Edward Medina Prize

New York-based critic and journalist Gloria Oladipo (she/her) received the second annual Edward Medina Prize for Excellence in Cultural Criticism Sunday from The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) at its November 2023 conference in New York.

Steve Carell Will Make His Broadway Debut in UNCLE VANYA; Additional Cast Revealed!

Steve Carell is headed to Broadway! The actor, best known for starring in the television series The Office, will make his Broadway debut in Lincoln Center Theater's upcoming production of Anton Chekhov’s classic UNCLE VANYA. Find out more information about the production here!

Page 73 to Present World Premiere of Majkin Holmquist's STARGAZERS, Directed By Colette Robert

Page 73 presents the world premiere of Majkin Holmquist's 'Stargazers,' directed by Colette Robert. This eerie and funny play explores the buried histories of a haunted family farm and the tensions of a polarized society. Don't miss the Off-Broadway debut of 2023 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow Majkin Holmquist.

France-Luce Benson, Adrienne Dawes, Deneen Reynolds-Knott And Mars Wolfe To Develop Work In The Fire This Time Festival New Works Lab

France-Luce Benson, Adrienne Dawes, Deneen Reynolds-Knott, and Mars Wolfe will be developing their work in The Fire This Time Festival New Works Lab. Get all the details here.

2023-25 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group Cohort Revealed

The Public Theater has revealed the 10 new playwrights have been selected for the 2023-2025 Emerging Writers Group.

Colt Coeur Reveals List of 2023-2024 CoCo Residents

Colt Coeur has announced its list of 2023-2024 CoCo Residents, including Jose Sebastian Alberdi (playwright), Brittany K. Allen (playwright), Sarah Dahnke (director/choreographer), C.A. Johnson (playwright), Eric Norbury (designer), Lia Romeo (playwrights), Danny Tejera (playwright), and Liba Vaynberg (playwright).

The Fire This Time Festival Finds New Home at The Wild Project

FRIGID New York will present the 2024 The Fire This Time Festival at a brand new home this January. The Obie Award winning festival will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with the return of its annual Ten-Minute Play Program at The Wild Project.

Ensemble Studio Theatre Extends REDWOOD By Brittany K. Allen

Ensemble Studio Theatre (Estefanía Fadul and Graeme Gillis, CoArtistic Directors) has extended REDWOOD, by Brittany K. Allen and directed by EST member artist Mikhaela Mahony, until Saturday, November 18.

Cayenne Douglass And Reid Pope Given 2023 Awards By Parity Productions At Seventh Annual Awards Ceremony And Celebration

Cayenne Douglass and Reid Pope receive 2023 Parity Productions Awards at the Seventh Annual Awards Ceremony and Celebration, featuring the pre-screening of 'STOP MOTION' by Liz Kerin.

Elisabeth St-Gelais Wins First Prize and Audience Choice Award in COC's 10th Annual Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition

Soprano Elisabeth St-Gelais of Chicoutimi, QC took home First Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Canadian Opera Company’s 10th annual Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition on October 26, 2023 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Leslie Epstein's KING OF THE JEWS Starring Richard Topol Begins Performances TONIGHT at HERE Arts Center

Don't miss the Off Broadway debut of LESLIE EPSTEIN'S - KING OF THE JEWS at HERE Arts Center. The controversial adaptation of Epstein's novel is set in Poland, 1939, and follows a group of Jews forced to govern their own lives during the German occupation.

Page 73 Reveals Semifinalists For 2024 Playwriting Fellowship

Page 73 has revealed the 12 semifinalists for the 2024 Playwriting Fellowship. Discover the talented playwrights in the running for this esteemed award.

Yangtze Repertory Theatre Adds Performances Of SALESMAN之死 To Sold-Out Run At Connelly Theater

Due to popular demand and critical acclaim, Yangtze Repertory Theatre, in association with Gung Ho Projects, has announce two additional performances of Salesman之死 as part of its sold-out run at the Connelly Theater (220 E 4th St, Manhattan).

Exclusive: Get A First Look At REDWOOD at Ensemble Studio Theatre

Ensemble Studio Theatre will begin performances for REDWOOD by Brittany K. Allen and directed by EST member artist Mikhaela Mahony on Wednesday, October 18. See exclusive photos from the show below!


Ensemble Studio Theatre has been nominated for several awards. These include the Special Award (Drama Desk Awards) for "When January Feels Like Summer," Best Play (Tony Awards) for "Hand to God," and the Special Citation: Ross Wetzsteon Grant (Obie Awards) for "Youngblood." They have also been nominated for Outstanding Resident Play, Outstanding Resident Musical, Outstanding Non-Resident Production, and Outstanding Set Design at the Helen Hayes Awards. Additionally, they have received nominations for Outstanding Resident Production, Outstanding Supporting Actress, and Outstanding Resident Musical at the Olivier Awards.

Ensemble Studio Theatre has won several awards for their productions. These include a Special Award from the Drama Desk Awards for "When January Feels Like Summer," a Special Citation: Ross Wetzsteon Grant from the Obie Awards for "Youngblood," Outstanding Resident Musical from the Helen Hayes Awards for "Caroline, or Change," Outstanding Resident Play from the Helen Hayes Awards for "Take Me Out," Outstanding Non-Resident Production from the Helen Hayes Awards for both "Lackawanna Blues" and "Lypsinka! The Boxed Set," Outstanding Resident Play from the Helen Hayes Awards for "Indian Ink," and Outstanding Resident Musical from the Helen Hayes Awards for "Bessie's Blues."

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