The Wooster GroupUnited States
The Wooster Group originated in 1975 with works composed and directed by Spalding Gray and Elizabeth LeCompte around Gray's autobiographical impulses (the THREE PLACES IN RHODE ISLAND trilogy). Kim Clayburgh, Libby Howes, and Ron Vawter began working with the company during RUMSTICK ROAD, and Willem Dafoe and Kate Valk joined during POINT JUDITH. Peyton Smith joined for ROUTE 1 & 9. The Group has sustained a full-time, ongoing ensemble since this beginning. The Wooster Group is a company of artists who make work for theater, dance, and media. They are based in New York City where they develop and perform work. Their work is also performed at larger theaters in New York (Baryshnikov Arts Center, St. Ann's Warehouse, the Public Theater) and their productions tour nationally and internationally.
Grants Awarded2018 | Theater | Japan
a Project Grant to support a 1-week artistic exchange in Japan, including workshops with theater director Toshiki Okada and research on Noh theater in Kyoto2013 | Theater | Asia General
ACC supported The Wooster Group's research in Hong Kong and Shanghai towards the development of their theater production, Murder in San Jose, by Hong Kong playwright and 2004 ACC grantee Candace Chong Mui-Ngam. Following this initial research trip, production development, rehearsals and work-in-progress showings of Murder in San Jose will take place in New York City. The Wooster Group plans to present the completed production of Murder in San Jose at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in advance of a long run in New York City in the 2015 season. Murder in San Jose will then join the company's touring repertory and be performed throughout the U.S. and internationally.
The Wooster Group takes on one of the greatest figures in 20th century avant-garde theater: the iconic Polish stage director Tadeusz Kantor. Lighting is by ACC alumna Jennifer Tipton.