Founded by visionary producer Anne Hamburger, En Garde Arts is a New York-based 501(c)3 not-for-profit that builds upon a globally-recognized history of creative excellence alongside such luminaries as Reza Abdoh, Anne Bogart, María Irene Fornés, Charles L. Mee, Jr., Tina Landau, Jonathan Larson, Bill Rauch, Fiona Shaw, and Mac Wellman.
From 1985 until 1999, En Garde Arts was the first exclusively site-specific theatre in New York, re-envisioning the city as a stage with experiential events that interwove story with location in Central Park, Penn Yards, East River Park, the Chelsea Hotel, a Meatpacking District before gentrification, and beyond. Using original and adapted texts, productions tackled such timely subjects as the AIDS epidemic and the city’s growing economic disparities and were collectively honored with six OBIEs, two Drama Desk Awards, and an Outer Critics Circle Special Award — with The New York Times proclaiming the organization to be “an invigorating urban presence.”
In 2014, En Garde Arts made a triumphant, mission-driven return to the city with BASETRACK Live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Named one of the top ten productions of the year by The New York Times, the piece employed a boundary-breaking form of multimedia documentary theatre-making, combining real life narratives with journalistic footage, music, and movement to elucidate the impact of war on the 21st Century American family. A 40-city national tour extended the impact of the En Garde Arts ethos — once reserved solely for the people of New York — and marked the beginning of the organization’s integrated approach to creative development and community engagement.
Championing an immersive process of understanding and discovery for artists and audiences alike, En Garde Arts continues to redefine the ways in which theatre is produced and presented for maximum artistic and social impact. In considering the myriad elements that combine to tell a story, it serves as an incubator for dynamic experiences that encapsulate today’s most pressing issues and move publics into action.