Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. Meeting the artists where they are in their process, this initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the newly renovated Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series will serve nearly 100 additional artists in the first year alone.
THIS IS WHAT YOU SHALL DO; re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency, not only in its words, but in the silent lines of its lips and face, and between the lashes of your eyes, and in every motion and joint of your body. I AM A BOYS CHOIR proudly presents a real live history show performed by a community of intergenerational performers. A spectacle of pageant and pageantry that opens up a queer past hundreds of centuries old. A history that is concrete, veiled, and/or totally imagined. But, “What is the past?" You may ask yourself, “and how does now begin and end?” And most importantly “Will there be a quiz?” THIS IS WHAT YOU SHALL DO... explains the presence of the present, exploding outwards to a place where time loses linearity, the future is now, and the past is covered in stardust.
Adam Rigg is a Brooklyn based theater designer and artist originally from Southern California. Adam is a 2015 Princess Grace Award Winner and a two time Henry Hewes Design nominee. He was the recipient of the Pierre Cardin Fellowship (2016), a Wassaic Project Resident (2016), a Mabou Mines Resident Artist (2016-17) and a member of the Public Theater’s Devised Theater Working Group (2015-2016). Recent and Upcoming credits include: Soho Rep, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Foundry Theatre, The Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Westport Country Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, REDCAT, BAM, Philadelphia FringeArts, A.R.T. Oberon, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Omaha, Cincinnati Symphony, and Juilliard. Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama, BA, UCLA.
Chris DeVita is a choreographer and multidisciplinary artist from Pittsburgh PA, currently living and making work in New York. Trained in classical ballet, Chris makes choreography and musical staging for theatrical projects and collaboratively devises full length and short form dance theater works with his company I AM A BOYS CHOIR. Recent and upcoming projects include The Music Man dir. Morgan Green; Salome dir. Lileana Blain-Cruz; O, Earth! dir Dustin Wills; and or how i became an ice princess at The Public Theater and REDCAT. His works have also been seen at La Mama ETC, The Knockdown Center, JACK, CPR, The Judson Church, and BAM. Chris is a recent resident artist of the Devised Theater Working Group at the Public Theater, Chez Bushwick, Mt Tremper Arts, and Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program. As a performer he has been seen in works including Katy Pyle/ BALLEZ, Catherine Galasso, Brendan Fernandes, Tino Sehgal, and Alonzo King. Chris is a graduate of Emerson College, and the Alonzo King LINES Ballet School in San Francisco.
Kate Attwell is a playwright and theater artist. She is a member of Ars Nova’s PlayGroup 2017/18, a 2016 member of Page 73’s writers’ group and was a finalist for the 2016 Page 73 playwriting fellowship. She was a Mabou Mines Resident Artist, and a member of the Public Theater’s Devised Theater Working Group. Kate co-founded and creates work with the interdisciplinary performance group, I AM A BOYS CHOIR. Recently her work has been seen at: REDCAT (LA), Under the Radar (The Public Theater), JACK, La MaMa, Dixon Place, BRIC, BAM (Everybooty), The Bushwick Starr (reading series), The Prelude Festival (CUNY), The Segal Center (Festival of Performance and Film) and The Wassaic Project. B.A., performance and film, The University of Bristol, UK.