The Builders Association in Conversation
Founded in 1994 by director Marianne Weems, The Builders Association has created original performance and multimedia works seen around the globe. Exploring the human experience behind the 21st Century’s tectonic shifts—globalization, digital technology, dislocation—the company has devised influential new architectures for performance.
At this event Marianne Weems and moderator Frank Hentschker will reflect on the company’s two-decade evolution. Join us as they celebrate the forthcoming publication of The Builder Association (MIT Press), an illustrated critical history written by Weems and scholar Shannon Jackson.
Marianne Weems / The Builders Association
Photo by Valerie Oliveiro
Marianne Weems is artistic director of The Builders Association and has directed all of their productions since the company began in 1994. In the past, she has worked with Susan Sontag, The Wooster Group, David Byrne and many others. She is the former head of Graduate Directing in the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University (2008-14), and is building their Integrative Media Program in NYC. She serves the board of Art Matters, is the co-author of Art Matters: How The Culture Wars Changed America (NYU Press 2000), and has co-authored a book with Shannon Jackson on The Builders Association published this October by MIT Press.
Founded in 1994 and directed by Marianne Weems, the OBIE award-winning The Builders Association is a New York-based performance and media company that creates original productions based on stories drawn from contemporary life. The company uses the richness of new and old tools to extend the boundaries of theater. Based on innovative collaborations, Builders’ productions blend stage performance, text, video, sound, and architecture to tell stories about human experience in the 21st century.