Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served over 300 artists in the first two years alone.
The 2017-2018 NHL season was an embarrassment for the New York Islanders. Displaced from their home rink and in danger of losing their captain, they never made it to the playoffs. In ISLANDER, Playwright Liza Birkenmeier and director Katie Book repurpose commentary from this abysmal season, to explore the crisis of the team as the crisis of white male American identity. ISLANDER was developed though a New Georges Audrey Residency.
LIZA BIRKENMEIER’s work has been developed at Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Rattlestick, The Playwrights Realm, New Georges, Invisible Dog, the Catch Series, Prelude NYC, City Theater in Pittsburgh, University Settlement, and elsewhere. She is a Commissioned Artist at Ars Nova and a recent member of Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater. Her play, radio island, was on the 2016 Kilroys list and was a finalist for the inaugural Relentless Award; workshop production at NYSAF Powerhouse.
KATIE BROOK is a director of new experimental plays and performance and makes original work collaboratively with her theatre company, Televiolet. Her work has been presented at various venues in New York City and beyond, including The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, Incubator Arts Project, Prelude NYC, and more. Her most recent work, The Power of Emotion: The Apartment premiered at Abrons Arts Center in October, 2017. Brook has also worked as a creative producer at The Foundry Theatre, The Builders Association, and New York City Players. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.
TELEVIOLET is a theater and performance ensemble led by director Katie Brook that uses dramatic texts and real-world content to experiment with acting and dramatic form. Televiolet works created in collaboration with Liza Birkenmeier include Tragedy in Spades (developed at University Settlement Performance Project) and American Realism (Invisible Dog and The San Diego Museum of Art). Televiolet has also been featured at Prelude, Little Theater, Catch, Under the Radar, and at Abrons Arts Center, where their most recent production, The Power of Emotion: The Apartment, premiered.