Established in 1994, The Foundry Theatre aspires to assemble a community of artists with revolutionary ideas for the theatre and the world in which it is situated. We commission, develop, premiere, and tour theatrical works that explore the (im)possibilities of theatre and believe our body of work constitutes a passionate argument for its limitless potential. In addition, The Foundry hosts ongoing public dialogues -- roundtables, panels and town meetings -- inviting members of other communities to join artists to investigate the workings of our changing polis so we might imagine -- together -- how things might work differently.
There is tremendous vitality in the assembly of individuals who have committed their lives to the theatre, not in service of a "career," but out of a hunger to participate in creating a broader vision - to be part of a progressive community whose ideas, art, and actions would address and challenge what is unacceptable in the status quo. Many who believe in the potency of theatre dare to hope their work will support and invigorate other individuals and communities to do the same. The Foundry is committed to reinvestigating that ideal and, if necessary, to rededicating theatre and the artists who make it to the service of our society.
Foundry productions have been critically recognized and honored with 10 Obie Awards and 3 Drama Desk nominations for "Unique Theatrical Experience." In 2000, The Foundry itself received the Ross Wetzsteon Obie Award for its "overall contribution to the Off and Off-Off Broadway community" as a theatre that both "fosters new envelope-pushing work and that engages artists in the thorniest issues of the world we inhabit" and most recently we received the national Peter Zeisler Award in recognition of "innovative practice and dedication to freedom of expression."
Now in our sixteenth year, The Foundry Theatre is an ongoing performance of ideas, created by rigorous theatrical works and public dialogues, that invites as many people as possible to consider what it means to be citizens of our communities, our cites and the world that we create.