We ask ourselves: how do we make theatre in a pandemic? The answer is in our roots – site-specific theatre – because this work is in our bones. We know how to do this.
WHAT WE’RE UP TO
When the pandemic shut down theatres across the country, we harkened back to our site-specific roots and are excited to share that we have three major projects that are all happening in 2021, a major theatrical project meets art installation and two site-specific festivals. These three projects will be employing nearly 200 artists, technicians and production personnel at a time when opportunities are scarce. Read more about them HERE!
- In Development
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Unveil: A Visual and Live Arts Experience
In September 2021, in partnership with the Meatpacking District Management Association, En Garde Arts is producing UNVEIL: A Visual + Live Arts Experience, a neighborhood-wide festival of performers, musicians and scenic, video, and puppetry installations.
Uncommon Voices: Unexpected Places
This past October, David Greenspan and music director Jamie Lawrence performed songs from the songbook era on the stoop of a brownstone in Brooklyn for socially-distanced audiences gathered in the street below. Stefan Grybauskas from the NYC Street Activity Permits Office called this “a trailblazer for pop up cultural events to come.”
En Garde Arts plans to produce several more Uncommon Voices: Unexpected Places events on stoops in Brooklyn later in 2021 and early in 2022.
An Exciting Commission
Little Island has commissioned En Garde Arts to work with Tina Landau on developing a new piece inspired by the Stonewall riots and the following LGBTQ+ movement for their new space at Pier 55.
Workshop in 2021
Production in 2022
MIX & MATCH
Written by Leila Buck in collaboration with the actors and director Tamilla Woodard, Mix and Match (Working Title) is a theatrical event that invites the audience into the journey of two families – one Lebanese and (mostly) Muslim, one Irish and (mostly) Catholic – being joined in marriage. As guests at the wedding, and witnesses to the families’ struggles before, during, and beyond, audiences are invited to eat, dance and engage in an immersive, interactive exploration of the challenges and joys of connecting across all kinds of borders.
Written by Leila Buck*
Developed & Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Dramaturgy by Salma Zohdi
*Fueled by improvisations with Melis Aker, Ali Andre Ali, Hend Ayoub, Caitlin Nasema Cassidy, Rawya El Chab, Gamze Ceylan, Evan Maltby, Pete McElligott, Victoria Nassif, Kelley Rae O’Donnell, Heather Raffo, Jens Rasmussen, Amy Lynn Stewart and Rasha Zamamiri
Support our Mission
En Garde Arts creates, produces and presents bold theatre experiences that reach across artistic, physical and social boundaries. We aim to increase empathy and open-mindedness by illuminating nuanced perspectives and unspoken truths behind the salient issues of our time. By bringing together artistic teams with non-arts partners from the outset, and merging seasoned theatre-goers with new audiences, En Garde Arts sparks dialogue among people not normally in conversation, both in New York and beyond.