Adrienne Kapstein

Adrienne Kapstein

Associate Professor
Program Head: BA International Performance Ensemble
Sands College of Performing Arts
Performing Arts

Adrienne Kapstein



Faculty Bio

Adrienne is a collaborative theater-maker, director, and theater educator. Adrienne works at the nexus of theater and participatory based experiences to create unique experimental work that builds community through the connection and interaction with public spaces. She is passionate about bringing experimental work to audiences of all ages and sharing live art across generations.

Adrienne's original work has been presented in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Romania, Croatia, and China. From 2012 - 2014, she was the Associate Director of Movement and Horse Choreography on War Horse (Broadway & US National Tour). From 1999 to 2007, she was the co-Artistic Director of award-winning international ensemble, SaBooge Theatre, based in Montreal and Brooklyn.

As an experienced theater educator, Adrienne has taught undergraduate, graduate, and professional actors nationally and internationally. She is the co-founder of Movement Theater Studio, the only Lecoq based acting studio in NYC, and is Associate Professor and Head of the BA Acting and BA Directing International Performance Ensemble (IPE) program at Pace School of Performing Arts
Education: The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, (MA English Literature); École International de Theatre Jacques Lecoq (Certificate of 2 years); Brooklyn College (MFA Directing).

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

Collaborative theater-making, theater for an all age audience, pedagogy of play, immersive, participatory based theater and site specific work

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

[Theatre - Direct play] Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, American Association of Theater Educators' Digital Theater Festival for the Very Young, - interactive, digital website
[Theatre - Interdisciplinary work(s)] Up Close Projects, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, New Yorkwalking without direction
[Audio experience] Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphiawalking without direction
[Theatre - Interdisciplinary work(s)] The Tank, Cybertank On Demand, New YorkThe Society of Historical Sonic Happening
[Theatre - Interdisciplinary work(s)] Up Close Festival, New YorkScurry
[Theatre - Direct play] Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, New YorkThe Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories
[Theatre - Direct play] New York Children's Theater Company, New YorkLight
[Theatre - Direct play] Paper Canoe Theater Company and Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NYLight, A Dark Comedy
[Theatre - Direct play] Paper Canoe, New York, NYRed Velvet
[Movement Direction] Shakespeare and Company, MALove is Love
[Theatre - Direct play] Project Collabyrinth, Sibiu International Theater Festival, Romania, RomaniaWasheteria
[Theatre - Direct play] Soho Rep Theater, NYC, NYLove is Love
[Theatre - Direct play] Project Collabyrinth, Pace University, Studio Theater, Theater Row, New York, NYWar Horse - National Tours (1st and 2nd)
[Theatre - Interdisciplinary work(s)] National Theatre of Great Britain; Lincoln Center Theater; NetWorksLight, A Dark Comedy - New Victory LabWorks Resident Artist
[Theatre - Direct play] Shoehorn Theater, The New 42nd Street, NYC, NYWanda's Monster
[Theatre - Direct play] New York City Children's Theater (formerly Making Books Sing), New York, NYWar Horse
[Theatre - Interdisciplinary work(s)] Lincoln Center Theater; National Theater of Great Britain, New York, NY

Courses Taught

Past Courses

INT 198: Theater for the Young
PAAT 121: Movement I for the BFA Actor
PAAT 122: Movement II for the BFA Actor
PAGE 390: Theatre Internship
PAGE 395: Independent Study in Theater
PAPE 150: Performance Ensemble I
PAPE 151: Performance Ensemble II
PAPE 210: Acting III for B.A. Actor
PAPE 211: Acting IV for the BA Actor
PAPE 350: Performance Ensemble III
PAPE 351: Performance Ensemble IV
PAPE 384: Appld Perfm Lab BA Actrs & Dir
THR 196: Topic: PAPE Travel Course
UNV 101: First-Year Smnr Unvrsty Cmmnty

Publications and Presentations


Dead Voices and Lost Sounds: An Imagined Sonic History
Kapstein, A. (2021). Vortex Music Journal. Vol Vol. 9 (Issue Issue 2)

Developing Wonder: Teaching Theatre for the Very Young through collaboration with developmental psychology
Kapstein, A. (2019). Youth Theatre Journal. Vol Volume 33 (Issue Issue 1)

A Multiplicity of Voices: What is Devising?
Kapstein, A. (2017). Methods: A Journal of Acting Pedagogy. Vol Volume 3, (Issue Fall 2017)

Immersive Theater Practices in Theater for Young Audiences
Kapstein, A. (2016). New York , United States:.


Eavesdropping on the Past: Co-creating a Hyperlocal Sonic History
Kapstein, A. (2022). Children Youth and Performance Conference. York University,

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • Network of Ensemble Theaters
  • Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
  • Association Movement Theatre Educators
  • Theatre Communications Group