Collective unites professional artists who share a responsibility to create work in the contemporary American Theatre that is emotionally truthful, socially relevant, and defiantly accessible.
The company was established in the tradition of the Group Theatre out of a belief that the current conditions of commercialized theatre necessitate collective action.
Commitment to a permanent ensemble distinguishes The Collective. Through a shared vocabulary, uniform technique, and continual practice, the group pursues a common purpose: to establish a theatre that is uncompromising, relevant, and inclusive.
Collective began in 2007, when several recent graduates of the
William Esper Studio came together to continue to create and produce
work that built on their recent training and the strengths and
talents of their colleagues. The parting advice to many of the
graduates was to 'create your own work' as a way of taking control
over one's career. The Collective exists to provide a network
and a place where these individuals can showcase their talents.
Eugène Ionesco's classic absurdist comedy "The Lesson"
was The Collective's first stage production, and was presented
at Center Stage, NY in the Fall of 2007. The response from audiences
and colleagues was incredibly positive, and interest in The Collective
increased ten-fold. The immediate question became: 'What are you
Maura O'Brien of Off Off Online noted in her review of the production:
"The Lesson is the Collective's first production... It's
exciting to think about how the group will apply such fierce energy
to other works."
Collective continues to actively pursue and develop