Theater Reconstruction Ensemble is an evolving collective of theater artists striving to reconstruct both classical and canonical forms of theatricality through the playful development of works over time. Committed to a collaborative approach to theater making, TRE functions as a project-based ensemble of artists working under the artistic leadership of director John Kurzynowski, collectively examining each element of a theatrical text or tradition and creating new works that reflect the ensemble’s personal connection to the materiel being explored.
Founded in 2010 by director John Kurzynowski and sound designer Kate Marvin, TRE continues to expand upon a unique process of creative collaboration that engages its members in highly instinctual and intuitive modes of development. This process has led to the creation of each of the company's mainstage works, and continues to inspire other multidisciplinary artists through training and developmental programs.
For each reconstruction, an ensemble is formed based on the specific demands of the material or the particular goals of the project. To date, TRE has presented eight full productions - three company-devised works, three original plays written by Founding Resident Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus, and two revivals of classic texts - featuring dozens of emerging and established artists from across the downtown theater community, and engaging thousands of audience members throughout New York.
Promotional video filmed and edited by Jon Burklund of ZANNI Productions.
TRE is fortunate enough to have worked with many exceptional artists and administrators over the years, having formed eight ensembles for eight reconstructions since our founding. Our permanent ensemble is comprised of a group of artists dedicated to the future growth and development of our organization. These artists have made a commitment to our company's mission, and continue to support our reconstructions in various capacities.