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Adrienne Kapstein

Assistant Professor
Director

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Performing Arts

Location
  • @New York City
Office Hours
New York City

Biography


Adrienne is a director specializing in the creation of original work. She was the Associate Director of Movement and Horse Choreography on the National Tours of War Horse and for the Lincoln Center production. She is founder of Movement Theater Studio, the first studio in NYC to focus on the teachings of Jacques Lecoq. For nine years, she was the co-Artistic Director of the international ensemble, SaBooge Theatre. New York directing highlights include Beast (Figment Festival), Crime Scene Cleaners, Inc. (Mabou Mines Resident Artist), Every Day Above Ground (PS 122) and Fathom (Ice Factory Festival, Winner Best Production, Dublin Fringe Festival 2004). Adrienne's work has been presented internationally in Scotland, Ireland and Canada. Current projects include the creation and development of Light, A Dark Comedy (New Victory Theater LabWorks recipient 2013 - 2014) and Washeteria, a site specific, multi-artist piece produced by Soho Rep. Adrienne is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (MA English Literature), Ecole Jacques Lecoq, and Brooklyn College (MFA Directing)

Education


PRESENTATIONS


Kapstein, A. (2015, August). Conference: Association of Theatre Movement Educators . Ensemble Devising. ATME, Montreal, Canada

Kapstein, A. (2015, May 19). Network of Ensemble Theaters. The Artist-Teacher - Devising with Undergraduates. Columbia College, Chicago

Kapstein, A. (2015, January). Play in Progress: . Creating New Worlds: Making Visual and Physical Theater. New Victory Theater and American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), New York, NY

RESEARCH INTEREST


Collaborative theater-making, theater for an all age audience, pedagogy of play

ARTISTIC AND PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES AND EXHIBITS

Light
[Theatre - Direct play] Paper Canoe Theater Company and Triskelion Arts,, Brooklyn NY

Light, A Dark Comedy
[Theatre - Direct play] Paper Canoe , New York, NY

Red Velvet
[Movement Direction] Shakespeare and Company,, MA

Love is Love
[Theatre - Direct play] Project Collabyrinth,, Sibiu International Theater Festival, Romania, Romania

Washeteria
[Theatre - Direct play] Soho Rep Theater,, NYC, NY

Love is Love
[Theatre - Direct play] Project Collabyrinth,, Pace University, Studio Theater, Theater Row, New York, NY

War Horse - National Tours (1st and 2nd)
[Theatre - Interdisciplinary work(s)] National Theatre of Great Britain; Lincoln Center Theater; NetWorks,

Light, A Dark Comedy - New Victory LabWorks Resident Artist
[Theatre - Direct play] Shoehorn Theater,, The New 42nd Street, NYC, NY

Wanda's Monster
[Theatre - Direct play] New York City Children's Theater (formerly Making Books Sing),, New York, NY

War Horse
[Theatre - Interdisciplinary work(s)] Lincoln Center Theater; National Theater of Great Britain,, New York, NY

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Kapstein, A. (2016, March). Brooklyn Arts Fund Community Grant.
Paper Canoe and Tami Stronach Dance , State , $1,500.00 . Funded,The development and production of a new work for family audiences as part of Triskelion Arts' inaugural family programming. Light is a unique hybrid of highly visual and dexterously verbal theater; it is interdisciplinary physical theater with complex and nuanced characters.

Kapstein, A. (2016, July). The Ensemble Director: Kenan Fund for Faculty Development.
Movement Theater Studio , Pace University , $600.00 . Funded,

Kapstein, A. (2015, July 6). Jacques Lecoq: His Pedagogy in the 21st Century. .
Kenan Fund for Faculty Development , Pace University , $600.00 . Funded,

Kapstein, A. (2014, January). Washeteria.
Art of the Matter, Children's Theatre Foundation of America , Private , $40,000.00 . Funded,SOHO REP (Soho Repertory Theatre, Inc.) a leading hub for innovative contemporary theatre and recipient of the 2006 OBIE Award for Sustained Artistic Excellence, will join with Brooklyn Arbor, a new public elementary school in Brooklyn with a creative, diverse student population and a magnet grant for Global and Ethical Studies. Together they will develop an episodic, site-specific, theatre experience for K-3rd graders and their families called WASHETERIA. The world of the laundromat, and the diverse community of people and objects it contains will serve as inspiration for the playwrights, designers, and choreographers who will create a series of ever-evolving theatre pieces based on the length of a wash cycle (25 minutes). WASHETERIA! will be performed in a neighborhood storefront and developed with the 200+ students, teachers, and parents of Brooklyn Arbor.

MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Curtain Up review [Internet], August 2015
    "Red Velvet review" http://www.curtainup.com/redvelvet berk15.html
  • Talkin Broadway review [Internet], August 2015
    "Red Velvet" https://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/ct/ct346.html
  • Boston Globe review [Newspaper], August 08 2015
    Movement director in Red Velvet. Review of the show "John Douglas Thompson Brings Red Velvet to Life" https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/theater-dance/2015/08/17/john-douglas-thompson-brings-red-velvet-shakespearean-life/CRztmzevMKUrKA3ZYDL7BJ/story.html
  • Playbill. com Review [Internet], March 2015
    "Soho Rep Transforms Vacant Brooklyn Storefront into Fantastical Laundromat" http://playbill.com/news/article/soho-rep-transforms-vacant-brooklyn-storefront-into-fantastical-landromat-342950
  • Wall Street Journal feature [Newspaper], March 2015
    Wall Street Journal Feature on Washeteria "With Washeteria Soho Rep Takes Children's Theater through the Spin Cycle" http://www.wsj.com/articles/with-washeteria-soho-rep-takes-childrens-theater-through-spin-cycle-1426727010
  • New York Times review [Newspaper], March 3 2015
    NYT Review & NYT Critics Pick for creation and direction of Washeteria produced by Soho Rep. Soho Rep's Washeteria Staged in a Brooklyn Storefront http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/theater/review-soho-reps-washeteria-staged-in-a-brooklyn-storefront.html?_r=0

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Network of Ensemble Theaters , December 2014
    Linking ensemble theaters, professional artists and academics united in making theater in a collaborative manner
  • Stage Directors and Choreographers Society , January 1 , 2013
    SDC is the theatrical union that unites, empowers and protects professional stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the United States
  • Association Movement Theatre Educators , September 2010
    Organization with members representing a wide range of somatic (of or relating to the body) disciplines and approaches.
  • Theatre Communications Group , September 2010
    TCG fosters communication among professional, community and university theatres. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through our conferences, events, research and communications; grants approximately $2 million per year to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level and serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community. TCG is the nation's largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, it also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ART SEARCH. TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • Student Affairs Committee [Committee Member]
    Desc: Serving on university-wide committee with particular focus on creating an Academic Integrity Policy for the university and getting it passed by Faculty Council.
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