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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 ... (read complete bio)
 

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 ... (read complete bio)

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

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Special Award Gold Star
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 Gold Star
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 Gold Star
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 Gold Star
Studio TheatreTake Me Out
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Resident Play
Studio TheatreA Number
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Non-Resident Production
Studio TheatreFlow
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Non-Resident Production Gold Star
Studio TheatreLackawanna Blues
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Non-Resident Production Gold Star
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
 
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 - 2000 - Outstanding Resident Musical
Studio TheatreSlam!
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Resident Play Gold Star
Studio TheatreIndian Ink
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Non-Resident Production
Studio TheatreVagina Monologues
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Resident Play
Studio TheatreSeven Guitars
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Resident Play
Studio TheatreOld Settler
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Resident Play
Studio TheatreOld Wicked Songs
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Resident Musical
Studio TheatreHip 2: Birth of the Boom
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Resident Musical Gold Star
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
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Resident Production
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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Olivier Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Production
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Ensemble Studio Theatre News

Jason Gotay, and the World Premiere of GOOD ENEMY Upcoming at the Minetta Lane Theatr Photo Jason Gotay, and the World Premiere of GOOD ENEMY Upcoming at the Minetta Lane Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 17, 2022

Audible Inc. has announced additional live events from Audible Theater at the Minetta Lane Theatre, Audible’s creative home for live performances in New York. For three nights only, from Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2, join Jason Gotay as he brings his breathtaking vocals and gift of storytelling to the Minetta Lane Theatre.

Keen Company Announces 22-23 Season Featuring First NY Revival of Lynn Nottage's CRUM Photo Keen Company Announces 22-23 Season Featuring First NY Revival of Lynn Nottage's CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 16, 2022

Keen Company has announced details for its upcoming 2022-2023 season. Anchored by two must-see revivals, not produced in New York since their premieres, Keen’s 23rd season, featuring two of America’s greatest writers, explores how individuals move forward after life-altering change.

Playwrights Announced For The Inaugural East By West UK/US Playwright Exchange Photo Playwrights Announced For The Inaugural East By West UK/US Playwright Exchange
by Stephi Wild - Aug 15, 2022

An Tobar and Mull Theatre in partnership with the Citizens Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theater (New York) and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater with support from Playwrights' Studio Scotland and Arch 468 have announced the playwrights who have been selected to take part in the inaugural The East by West UK/US Playwright Exchange.

Urbanite Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Season Featuring a World Premiere, Regional Prem Photo Urbanite Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Season Featuring a World Premiere, Regional Premiere & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 11, 2022

Urbanite Theatre, Sarasota, Florida's premiere destination for bold, contemporary black-box theater, announced its 2022-23 season, which includes four main productions and two special engagements.

Entries Now Open for the Inaugural Edward Medina Prize for Excellence in Cultural Cri Photo Entries Now Open for the Inaugural Edward Medina Prize for Excellence in Cultural Criticism
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 4, 2022

Entries are open for The American Theatre Critics Association's inaugural Edward Medina Prize for Excellence in Cultural Criticism. The deadline for applications is August 31, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Ensemble Studio Theatre Announces Lineup for 38th Marathon of One-Act Plays, Featurin Photo Ensemble Studio Theatre Announces Lineup for 38th Marathon of One-Act Plays, Featuring 11 Works
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 4, 2022

Ensemble Studio Theatre has announced the lineup for the 38th Marathon of One-Act Plays, which will be fully comprised of work from artists who identify as Black, Indigenous & People of Color. T

Colt Coeur to Present World Premiere of Kareem Fahmy's DODI & DIANA in October Photo Colt Coeur to Present World Premiere of Kareem Fahmy's DODI & DIANA in October
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 3, 2022

Colt Coeur will present the World Premiere of Dodi & Diana, by Kareem Fahmy. Commissioned by Colt Coeur and directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Eureka Day), Dodi & Diana begins previews on October 1, 2022, for a strictly limited engagement through October 29, 2022, at HERE.

Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced For THE PIANO LESSON, Starring Samuel L Jac Photo Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced For THE PIANO LESSON, Starring Samuel L Jackson, Danielle Brooks and More
by Stephi Wild - Aug 2, 2022

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for the first Broadway revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Joining the cast are Nadia Daniel and Jurnee Elizabeth Swan. Rounding out the company are Shirine Babb, Charles Browning, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sharina Martin, Warner Miller, Doron JePaul Mitchell and Kim Sullivan.

GARY Opens This Month in Wellfleet Photo GARY Opens This Month in Wellfleet
by Stephi Wild - Jul 25, 2022

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater presents Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, by Taylor Mac. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays, July 29 - August 19 at 8:00 p.m. on the Julie Harris Stage.

Complete Cast & Creative Announced for World Premiere of GODDESS, Starring Amber Iman Photo Complete Cast & Creative Announced for World Premiere of GODDESS, Starring Amber Iman & More at Berkeley Rep
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 21, 2022

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced the full cast and creative team for the world premiere musical, Goddess. The musical stage production is conceived and directed by Saheem Ali, music and lyrics by Michael Thurber, and written by Jocelyn Bioh. Previews begin Saturday, August 13, and the show runs through Sunday, September 25.

Ensemble Studio Theatre Videos

Video: Get A First Look At Goodspeed Musicals' BILLY ELLIOT VideoVideo: Get A First Look At Goodspeed Musicals' BILLY ELLIOT
by Alan Henry - Sep 17, 2019

Sometimes being brave means being yourself! This fall Goodspeed Musicals' production of Billy Elliot The Musical will spark with infectious energy. This tour-de-force of dance based on the British movie of the same name, will run September 13 a?' November 24 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn. [Official Press Opening will be October 2, 2019].

TBT: Celebrating Sarah Stiles' Birthday! VideoTBT: Celebrating Sarah Stiles' Birthday!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 20, 2019

Today we're celebrating the birthday of two-time Tony nominee Sarah Stiles! In honor of the occasion, we're throwing it back her opening night in the Tony-nominated play Hand to God alongside her co-stars Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr, Marc Kudisch, Michael Oberholtzer, and of course Tyrone the Puppet. Check out all the footage below!

VIDEO: Get A First Look At CT Rep's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At CT Rep's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
by Alan Henry - Dec 4, 2018

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) continues its 2018-19 season with Paula Vogel's 'A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration.' Elizabeth VanDyke will direct. Performances will be held in the Harriet S. Jorgenson Theatre from November 29th - December 9th, 2018. For tickets and information please visit crt.uconn.edu or call (860) 486-2113.

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from MTC's THE NAP on Broadway! VideoBWW TV: Watch Highlights from MTC's THE NAP on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 20, 2018

The Nap is now in previews ahead of a Thursday, September 27th opening night at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the production below!

VIDEO: First Look at A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 at Berkeley Rep VideoVIDEO: First Look at A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 at Berkeley Rep
by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 2018

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents A Doll's House, Part 2, written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Les Waters, which begins previews on Thursday, September 6 and runs through Sunday, October 21. Individual tickets begin at $30 ($15 if you're under 35) and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone at 510 647-2949 beginning August 12, 2018. Subscription tickets are available now. 

Uncle Function Presents Summer Break At The PIT! VideoUncle Function Presents Summer Break At The PIT!
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 4, 2018

Uncle Function, one of New York City's premier sketch comedy troupes, will introduce a series of brand new sketches at their upcoming special edition comedy show Uncle Function at The Peoples Improv Theater - 123 East 24th St., Manhattan. They will be joined by Emmy Nominee Stephen Guarino (Eastsiders), best known for his roles as Derrick in ABC's Happy Endings and Sully on ShowTime's I'm Dying Up Here.

VIDEO: MILES FOR MARY Makes New York Return and Off-Broadway Premiere at Playwright's VideoVIDEO: MILES FOR MARY Makes New York Return and Off-Broadway Premiere at Playwright's Horizons
by Stage Tube - Dec 20, 2017

After a smash run last fall, Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) will present MILES FOR MARY, a new play by The Mad Ones. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, MILES FOR MARY received critical acclaim during its fall 2016 run at The Bushwick Starr. Watch the new trailer below!

Tony Awards Close-Up: Lucas Hnath Explains How to Build A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 9, 2017

Lucas Hnath makes his Broadway debut this season with the eight-time Tony nominated a Doll's House, Part 2, but he's hardly taking all the credit. Watch below as he talks about the collaborative process of the play and why Sam Gold was the perfect director to take the helm.

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from MTC's VIETGONE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 21, 2016

Vietgone, the new play by Qui Nguyen (She Kills Monsters), directed by May Adrales (Luce) is currently in previews in advance of a Tuesday, October 25 opening night at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from 60s Sci-Fi Comedy WILD WOMEN OF PLANET WONGO
by Stage Tube - Sep 23, 2016

The 60s sci-fi immersive musical comedy Wild Women of Planet Wongo, a wacky B-movie inspired sci-fi comedy about two astronauts that land on a planet of beautiful warrior women who have never seen men, is returning to New York after its successful Brooklyn run last year. Presented by Not Too Fancy Productions, LLC, Performances will begin at Parkside Lounge (317 East Houston) on Wednesday, September 28 at 8pm and run each Wednesday through November 16, 2016. Click below to watch highlights from the show!


Ensemble Studio Theatre Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Ensemble Studio Theatre been nominated for?
Special Award (Drama Desk Awards) for When January Feels Like Summer , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Hand to God , Special Citation: Ross Wetzsteon Grant (Obie Awards) for Youngblood , Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Superior Donuts , Outstanding Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Adding Machine: A Musical , The Canadian Embassy Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for History Boys , Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Souvenir, A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins , Outstanding Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Caroline, or Change , Outstanding Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants , Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Take Me Out , Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for A Number , Outstanding Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Flow , Outstanding Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Lackawanna Blues , Outstanding Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Lypsinka! The Boxed Set , Outstanding Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for A New Brain , Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Jitney , Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for The Invention of Love , Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for MASTER HAROLD ... and the boys , Outstanding Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Slam! , Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Indian Ink , Outstanding Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Vagina Monologues , Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Seven Guitars , Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Old Settler , Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Old Wicked Songs , Outstanding Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Hip 2: Birth of the Boom , Outstanding Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Bessie's Blues , Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Three Sisters , Outstanding Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Falsettoland , Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Lisbon Traviata , Outstanding Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout , Outstanding Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune , Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production (Olivier Awards) for , Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Production (Olivier Awards) for , Outstanding Resident Musical (Olivier Awards) for Gifts of the Magi Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Production (Olivier Awards) for and Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Production (Olivier Awards) for .

What awards has Ensemble Studio Theatre won?
Special Award (Drama Desk Awards) for When January Feels Like Summer, Special Citation: Ross Wetzsteon Grant (Obie Awards) for Youngblood, Outstanding Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Caroline, or Change, Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Take Me Out, Outstanding Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Lackawanna Blues, Outstanding Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Lypsinka! The Boxed Set Outstanding Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Indian Inkand Outstanding Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Bessie's Blues.