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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.

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

From Artistic Director John Kurzynowski:

"At the very core of our company’s mission is a shared passion for the collective investigation of our theatrical roots. TRE is a home for the most curious and critical of theater artists; a safe and supportive environment for theater makers interested in a playful yet profound study of performance. By engaging in an ongoing process of intuitive research and experimentation, I believe that we are able to construct unique links between the past and the present. By deconstructing great canonical works, critically and playfully analyzing each separate element of those works, and then reconstructing the newly perceived elements of those works into original theatrical events, we are able to infuse our reconstructions with both comforting familiarity and disquieting originality. This manipulation of the past in order to confront our own contemporary anxieties has become the heartbeat of our process and the starting point for each of our investigations."


Promotional video filmed and edited by Jon Burklund of ZANNI Productions.

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ARTISTIC STAFF


ARTISTIC STAFF


JOHN KURZYNOWSKI ( Artistic Director ) is a Brooklyn-based theater artist interested in the manipulation of preconceived perceptions or culturally agreed upon practices of performance through a unique process of creative collaboration rooted in artistic deviancy. He is the founder of Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, for which he has conceived and directed each mainstage production and developmental program. He has also collaborated in multiple artistic capacities with Target Margin Theater, The Talking Band, Little Lord, and artists Jaclyn Backhaus, David Greenspan, and David Herskovits, among others. His process of creative collaboration has been taught at Abrons Arts Center through The School of Making Thinking.

JOHN KURZYNOWSKI

( Artistic Director ) is a Brooklyn-based theater artist interested in the manipulation of preconceived perceptions or culturally agreed upon practices of performance through a unique process of creative collaboration rooted in artistic deviancy. He is the founder of Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, for which he has conceived and directed each mainstage production and developmental program. He has also collaborated in multiple artistic capacities with Target Margin Theater, The Talking Band, Little Lord, and artists Jaclyn Backhaus, David Greenspan, and David Herskovits, among others. His process of creative collaboration has been taught at Abrons Arts Center through The School of Making Thinking.

KATE MARVIN ( Associate Artistic Director ) is the co-founder of Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, and a freelance sound designer and composer. Recent designs include Happy Days (Theatre for a New Audience), 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). Kate is an associate artist with Target Margin Theater and Little Lord. TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; Doctor Faustus; A Doll's House

KATE MARVIN

( Associate Artistic Director ) is the co-founder of Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, and a freelance sound designer and composer. Recent designs include Happy Days (Theatre for a New Audience), 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). Kate is an associate artist with Target Margin Theater and Little Lord.

TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; Doctor Faustus; A Doll's House

REED WHITNEY ( Producing Director ) has been with TRE since 2012, contributing significantly to both the critical success and artistic growth of 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. TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now; Salesmen: a meditation on masculinity and the American REAL!; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!

REED WHITNEY

( Producing Director ) has been with TRE since 2012, contributing significantly to both the critical success and artistic growth of 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.

TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now; Salesmen: a meditation on masculinity and the American REAL!; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!

NATHANIEL BASCH-GOULD ( Artistic Associate ) is an actor, director, and musician. New York acting credits: Poor Sailor (Tugboat Collective), 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). Directing credits include Samsun Knight's Before the Orgy and The Dead Copycats' Ghost in the Machine. Originally from Sandy Hook, CT, Nathaniel now lives in Brooklyn, NY. Training: Williams College, LAMDA. TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now

NATHANIEL BASCH-GOULD

( Artistic Associate ) is an actor, director, and musician. New York acting credits: Poor Sailor (Tugboat Collective), 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). Directing credits include Samsun Knight's Before the Orgy and The Dead Copycats' Ghost in the Machine. Originally from Sandy Hook, CT, Nathaniel now lives in Brooklyn, NY. Training: Williams College, LAMDA.

TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now

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. TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!

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.

TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!

EMILY MARRO ( Artistic Associate ) is a New York-based performer and frequent TRE collaborator, having appeared in six mainstage productions. Additional credits include Streepshow! at Ars Nova and The Connelly Theater, 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. TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; Doctor Faustus

EMILY MARRO

( Artistic Associate ) is a New York-based performer and frequent TRE collaborator, having appeared in six mainstage productions. Additional credits include Streepshow! at Ars Nova and The Connelly Theater, 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.

TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; Doctor Faustus

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. TRE: Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; Doctor Faustus; A Doll's House

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.

TRE: Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; Doctor Faustus; A Doll's House

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. He is currently developing new work with Dead Puppet Society and teaching puppetry around NYC. TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; Doctor Faustus; A Doll's House

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. He is currently developing new work with Dead Puppet Society and teaching puppetry around NYC.

TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; Doctor Faustus; A Doll's House

LAUREN SWAN-POTRAS ( Artistic Associate ) is a Brooklyn-based theater artist. 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). TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now; Salesmen: a meditation on masculinity and the American REAL!; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; Doctor Faustus

LAUREN SWAN-POTRAS

( Artistic Associate ) is a Brooklyn-based theater artist. 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).

TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now; Salesmen: a meditation on masculinity and the American REAL!; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; Doctor Faustus

EMMA KIMBALL ( Development Associate ) recently served as the Development Associate at National Sawdust and is 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). TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY

EMMA KIMBALL

( Development Associate ) recently served as the Development Associate at National Sawdust and is 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).

TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY

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. TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now

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.

TRE: How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You On The Moors Now

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). Recent works include the podcast “People Doing Math” (Under the Radar at The Public) and the upcoming Bull’s Hollow Trilogy (in development with Ars Nova). She has received commissions from Playwrights Horizons and Ars Nova. TRE: You On The Moors Now; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; A Doll's House

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). Recent works include the podcast “People Doing Math” (Under the Radar at The Public) and the upcoming Bull’s Hollow Trilogy (in development with Ars Nova). She has received commissions from Playwrights Horizons and Ars Nova.

TRE: You On The Moors Now; Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play; The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!; A Doll's House


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.