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.
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.