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COMPANY


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COMPANY


MISSION

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.


PROCESS

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.

At the very core of our company’s mission is a shared interest in exploring our theatrical roots as an ensemble. We like to lovingly refer to TRE as a “home for weirdos” - a supportive environment for artists who LOVE theater (its history, its established forms, the classic works that make up the theatrical canon), but who also have a desire to interact with this well-known theatrical environment and content in ways that are contemporary, playful, instinctual, and uniquely personal. By engaging in such intuitive forms of play, we believe that we are able to achieve a deeper level of inquiry, as well as a greater access to basic human emotions. Our work is funny, tragic, thoughtful, confusing, energetic, subdued. It provides entertainment, but also forces audiences to work through the material in order to learn more about themselves and the world at large.

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 seven full productions, featuring dozens of emerging and established artists from across the downtown theater community, and engaging thousands of audience members throughout New York.


Video filmed and edited by Jon Burkland of ZANNI Productions.

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ARTISTIC STAFF


ARTISTIC STAFF


JOHN KURZYNOWSKI ( Artistic Director ) is the founder of Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, for which he has conceived and directed each mainstage production and developmental program. He has also collaborated with Target Margin Theater, The Talking Band, Tugboat Collective, Little Lord, and artists Jaclyn Backhaus, David Herskovits, David Greenspan, and Alex Kveton, among others. His process of creative collaboration has been taught at Abrons Arts Center through The School of Making Thinking. He recently served as the Producer of OBIE and Drama Desk Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company.

JOHN KURZYNOWSKI

( Artistic Director ) is the founder of Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, for which he has conceived and directed each mainstage production and developmental program. He has also collaborated with Target Margin Theater, The Talking Band, Tugboat Collective, Little Lord, and artists Jaclyn Backhaus, David Herskovits, David Greenspan, and Alex Kveton, among others. His process of creative collaboration has been taught at Abrons Arts Center through The School of Making Thinking. He recently served as the Producer of OBIE and Drama Desk Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company.

KATE MARVIN ( Associate Artistic Director ) is the co-founder of TRE and a freelance sound designer and composer. Recent designs include Happy Days, Elevada (Yale Repertory Theatre), He Left Quietly (Toronto Summerworks), Chimpanzee (St. Anne's Warehouse Puppet Lab), The Tempest, Uncle Vanya, Second Language (Target Margin Theater), as well as many projects with TRE, including Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; Doctor Faustus; and A Doll's House. Kate is an associate artist with Target Margin Theater and Little Lord.

KATE MARVIN

( Associate Artistic Director ) is the co-founder of TRE and a freelance sound designer and composer. Recent designs include Happy DaysElevada (Yale Repertory Theatre), He Left Quietly (Toronto Summerworks), Chimpanzee (St. Anne's Warehouse Puppet Lab), The TempestUncle VanyaSecond Language (Target Margin Theater), as well as many projects with TRE, including Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; Doctor Faustus; and A Doll's House. Kate is an associate artist with Target Margin Theater and Little Lord.

REED WHITNEY ( Producing Director ) has been with TRE since 2012, resulting in both critical and artistic growth for the company. Additional producing credits include Salty Brine's Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret (The Red Room), The Lost Light (SharkMother Arts Collective) and Nuclear Love Affair (Built4Collapse). He previously served as the Artistic Coordinator for Ars Nova.

REED WHITNEY

( Producing Director ) has been with TRE since 2012, resulting in both critical and artistic growth for the company. Additional producing credits include Salty Brine's Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret (The Red Room), The Lost Light (SharkMother Arts Collective) and Nuclear Love Affair (Built4Collapse). He previously served as the Artistic Coordinator for Ars Nova.

EMMA KIMBALL ( Development Associate ) is a director, choreographer and performer. She is the Development Associate at National Sawdust and an Associate Artist with Built for Collapse. Original Choreography / Direction: Peaches (WAXworks, Bates Dance Festival), Bulls (Outlet Dance Project). Performance / Collaboration with: The Table of Silence Project, Bryan Strimpel, Marjorie Folkman, Wesley Doucette, Noah Kaplan and Tim Manley. Sound Design: Venus (LIU), Red Wednesday (LPAC), Doctor (Community Creative Center).

EMMA KIMBALL

( Development Associate ) is a director, choreographer and performer. She is the Development Associate at National Sawdust and an Associate Artist with Built for Collapse. Original Choreography / Direction: Peaches (WAXworks, Bates Dance Festival), Bulls (Outlet Dance Project). Performance / Collaboration with: The Table of Silence Project, Bryan Strimpel, Marjorie Folkman, Wesley Doucette, Noah Kaplan and Tim Manley. Sound Design: Venus (LIU), Red Wednesday (LPAC), Doctor (Community Creative Center).

MARKUS PAMINGER ( Creative Production Manager ) is currently the Production Manager for the Concert and Lectures department for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and serves as TRE's Creative Production Manager. He has previously worked as an Audio/Visual Engineer, Production Manager, and Technical Director for HERE Arts Center, The Bushwick Starr, The Rubin Museum, The American Repertory Ballet, TRANSFER Gallery, Gotham Chamber Opera, EngardeArts, and numerous other arts institutions throughout New York City.

MARKUS PAMINGER

( Creative Production Manager ) is currently the Production Manager for the Concert and Lectures department for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and serves as TRE's Creative Production Manager. He has previously worked as an Audio/Visual Engineer, Production Manager, and Technical Director for HERE Arts Center, The Bushwick Starr, The Rubin Museum, The American Repertory Ballet, TRANSFER Gallery, Gotham Chamber Opera, EngardeArts, and numerous other arts institutions throughout New York City.

JACLYN BACKHAUS ( Founding Resident Playwright ) is a playwright and one co-founder of Fresh Ground Pepper. Her play Men on Boats received a NYT Critics’ Pick for its most recent New York production (Off B'way, Playwrights Horizons & Clubbed Thumb). TRE works include You On The Moors Now; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; and The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!. She has received commissions from Playwrights Horizons and Ars Nova and is the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Clubbed Thumb. BFA: NYU.

JACLYN BACKHAUS

( Founding Resident Playwright ) is a playwright and one co-founder of Fresh Ground Pepper. Her play Men on Boats received a NYT Critics’ Pick for its most recent New York production (Off B'way, Playwrights Horizons & Clubbed Thumb). TRE works include You On The Moors Now; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; and The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!. She has received commissions from Playwrights Horizons and Ars Nova and is the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Clubbed Thumb. BFA: NYU.

NATHANIEL BASCH-GOULD ( Artistic Associate ) is an actor, director, and musician. New York credits: Rhinbecca, NY (TRE), Poor Sailor (Tugboat Collective), You On The Moors Now (TRE), Immersion (Sans Comedia), The What Dance (TC), Il Regno Malati at Dinner (Theater for the New City), Obedient Steel (TC), Jack the Bird (TC), MARS (Superhero Clubhouse), Berries of Wrath (The Dead Copycats), Moon & Marble (TC). Originally from Sandy Hook, CT, Nathaniel now lives in Brooklyn, NY. Training: Williams College, LAMDA.

NATHANIEL BASCH-GOULD

( Artistic Associate ) is an actor, director, and musician. New York credits: Rhinbecca, NY (TRE), Poor Sailor (Tugboat Collective), You On The Moors Now (TRE), Immersion (Sans Comedia), The What Dance (TC), Il Regno Malati at Dinner (Theater for the New City), Obedient Steel (TC), Jack the Bird (TC), MARS (Superhero Clubhouse), Berries of Wrath (The Dead Copycats), Moon & Marble (TC). Originally from Sandy Hook, CT, Nathaniel now lives in Brooklyn, NY. Training: Williams College, LAMDA.

MARIKA KENT ( Artistic Associate ) is a New York City based Lighting Designer of new and classic plays, musical theater, dance, experimental theater, puppetry and site-specific performance. Her work has appeared in venues including The Pearl Theater, HERE Arts Center, The Barrow Group, New York Live Arts, The New Ohio Theater, Abrons Arts Center, The National Black Theater, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, The Brick, Theater for the New City and Harlem School of the Arts.

MARIKA KENT

( Artistic Associate ) is a New York City based Lighting Designer of new and classic plays, musical theater, dance, experimental theater, puppetry and site-specific performance. Her work has appeared in venues including The Pearl Theater, HERE Arts Center, The Barrow Group, New York Live Arts, The New Ohio Theater, Abrons Arts Center, The National Black Theater, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, The Brick, Theater for the New City and Harlem School of the Arts.

EMILY MARRO ( Artistic Associate ) is a New York-based performer and frequent TRE collaborator, having appeared in five mainstage productions. Additional credits include Streepshow! at Ars Nova and Dixon Place, Ideal at 59E69 Theater, Lulu is Hungry at Ars Nova, The Good Person of Szechwan at Columbia Stages, and Il Regno Malati at Dinner at Theater for the New City. Training: NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing and Upright Citizen's Brigade.

EMILY MARRO

( Artistic Associate ) is a New York-based performer and frequent TRE collaborator, having appeared in five mainstage productions. Additional credits include Streepshow! at Ars Nova and Dixon Place, Ideal at 59E69 Theater, Lulu is Hungry at Ars Nova, The Good Person of Szechwan at Columbia Stages, and Il Regno Malati at Dinner at Theater for the New City. Training: NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing and Upright Citizen's Brigade.

ANASTASIA OLOWIN ( Artistic Associate ) is a New York-based performer and a founding member of TRE, having appeared in six mainstage productions. She has also worked with The Talking Band, Tugboat Collective, Target Margin Theater, harunalee, and Theatre for a New Audience, among others. Film/Media: Tourists, The Pressure, After Ever After Web Series. She serves as a Producer of Two-By-For Productions.

ANASTASIA OLOWIN

( Artistic Associate ) is a New York-based performer and a founding member of TRE, having appeared in six mainstage productions. She has also worked with The Talking Band, Tugboat Collective, Target Margin Theater, harunalee, and Theatre for a New Audience, among others. Film/Media: TouristsThe PressureAfter Ever After Web Series. She serves as a Producer of Two-By-For Productions.

JON RIDDLEBERGER ( Artistic Associate ) has been working with TRE since its inception and has performed in five mainstage productions with the company. Jon is an actor, puppeteer, and teaching artist in NYC. He toured for two and a half years as a puppeteer with War Horse in North America and Japan. Currently he is developing new work with Dead Puppet Society and teaching puppetry around NYC.

JON RIDDLEBERGER

( Artistic Associate ) has been working with TRE since its inception and has performed in five mainstage productions with the company. Jon is an actor, puppeteer, and teaching artist in NYC. He toured for two and a half years as a puppeteer with War Horse in North America and Japan. Currently he is developing new work with Dead Puppet Society and teaching puppetry around NYC.

LAUREN SWAN-POTRAS ( Artistic Associate ) is a writer, director, and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked with Moises Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project, and is a founding member of harunalee. Select acting credits include Square Peg, Round Hole (Tectonic Theater Project), Plum de Force (harunalee), Drunkfish Ocean Rant (Prelude Festival) and Anon (Exquisite Corpse Company).

LAUREN SWAN-POTRAS

( Artistic Associate ) is a writer, director, and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked with Moises Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project, and is a founding member of harunalee. Select acting credits include Square Peg, Round Hole (Tectonic Theater Project), Plum de Force (harunalee), Drunkfish Ocean Rant (Prelude Festival) and Anon (Exquisite Corpse Company).


BOARD of directors

Jaclyn Green-Stock, Alex Hawthorn, John Kurzynowski, Judy Tashji, Michael Tashji, Reed Whitney


AFFILIATIONS

TRE is a proud member of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York and a proud contributor to The Indie Theater Fund.