What Could We Build? Part I: New Theaters for New York
Artistic leaders of leading New York performance organizations discuss their new buildings—some freshly finished and opening their doors this season, others underway or still on the drawing board. How will these spaces relate to their neighborhood surroundings? What opportunities will these new theaters bring to the city’s artistic ecology?
Alec Duffy, Artistic Director, JACK
Susan Feldman, Artistic Director, St. Ann’s Warehouse
Vallejo Gantner, Artistic Director, Performance Space 122
Alec Duffy (Artistic Director) is an OBIE-winning theater-maker and founder of the theater company Hoi Polloi and of the performance venue JACK. Recent directorial work includes Our Planet, Shadows, Baal, All Hands, and The less we talk and Murder in the Cathedral. He was one of three creator/performers of Three Pianos. Before founding JACK, he had positions in several non-profit arts organizations, including at Japan Society (as assistant to Artistic Director Yoko Shioya) and at Mannes College of Music (as assistant to Joseph Colaneri, the Artistic Director of the opera program). Duffy is a Drama League Directing Fellow. He studied at Duke University and at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq.
Photo Courtesy of the Artist
Founder and Artistic Director Susan Feldman has run St. Ann’s Warehouse/Arts at St. Ann’s for 36 years. St. Ann’s is known world wide for its programming, cultural activation and innovative, flexible use of found spaces, culminating in the transformation of an old Tobacco Warehouse into a spectacular waterfront theater in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Vallejo Gantner has been Artistic Director of Performance Space 122 since 2005. Prior to this, he was Director of the Dublin Fringe Festival from 2002 – 2004, and Artistic Associate of the Melbourne Festival 2000/01. Originally from Melbourne, Gantner has worked as a director, writer, performer, agent, producer and programmer throughout the arts in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.