ANTJE OEGEL, TOM SELLAR, & FRANK HENTSCHKER
The PRELUDE Festival is a presentation of The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
at The Graduate Center, CUNY
PRELUDE 2016 will focus on the theme of failure.
Failure has long been a crucial element in experimental theater, dance, and performance of all kinds. How are New York City’s progressive stage artists thinking about the ethics and applications of failure given today’s economic pressures? In a highly polarizing election season, how are theater-makers engaging with broader systemic failures of national institutions and political systems? Panels, public salons, and original performances will explore these questions.
In addition to this thematic program, there will be showcases of approximately 30 works in progress, scheduled to premiere in this or future seasons, from New York City artists and ensembles including I Am A Boys Choir, Christina Masciotti, Kate Benson, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, Big Dance Theater, Robert Johanson and Ilan Bachrach, and Katy Pyle. Workshops, including one with The Builder’s Association, are also scheduled.
ANTJE OEGEL is the founder of AOInternational (AOI), an NYC-based agency that represents American and international theater artists and is also the Associate Director of Programs at the Segal Theatre Center at the Graduate Center/CUNY. Originally from Germany, Antje worked at the Euro-Scene Leipzig, an international theater and dance festival and then became the co-artistic director of the theatre Schaubühne Leipzig. Antje came to NYC in 2002 and worked at MCC Theater before becoming a theater agent at Bret Adams, Ltd. In addition to her work at AOI and the Segal Center, Antje co-runs 53rd State Press along with founder, Karinne Keithley Syers. 53rd State Press is dedicated to publishing performance texts and new plays. She is also the co-founder of Drama Panorama, a Berlin-based forum for international theater translation.
TOM SELLAR is editor of Yale’s international performance journal Theater. Under his editorship since 2003, Theater has commissioned and published plays, criticism, reportage and creative dossiers by leading global artists and authors. Tom is a professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale University, where he teaches courses in contemporary global performance and theater, critical practice, and performance curating. His criticism and arts writing has appeared in Artforum, the New York Times, the Guardian, American Theatre, and other national publications. From 2001-2016 he was a frequent contributor to the Village Voice, where he served as chief theater critic for two years. Tom curates public programs at Yale and for organizations including Philadelphia Fringe Arts and the Prague Quadrennial. A New York City native, he is a proud resident of Brooklyn.
NINA SEGAL is a playwright and producer based in New York. Current producing includes: PRELUDE 2016 (Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, NY), Beyond Caring (UK and European tour) and I Heart Catherine Pistachio (UK tour and upcoming run at the Yard Theatre, London). Previous producing includes works at the Gate Theatre, Sophiensaele Berlin, CUNY, Paines Plough Roundabout, Donmar Warehouse, Roundhouse, Gym at Judson and 59E59 Theaters. Her play In The Night Time (Before The Sun Rises) was a finalist for the Yale Drama Series and premiered at the Gate Theatre in 2016, directed by Ben Kidd.