9 Obie Awards, 28 Drama Desk Nominations,
6 Lortel Awards, 3 Tony® Awards
2010-2011 Drama Desk Special Award -
"for presenting contemporary new voices, and for uncompromisingly raw and powerful productions."
The New Group, led by founding Artistic Director Scott Elliott and Executive Director Geoff Rich, is an award-winning, artist-driven company with a commitment to developing and producing powerful, contemporary theater. While constantly evolving, we strive to maintain an ensemble approach to all our work and an articulated style of emotional immediacy in our acting and productions. In this way, we seek a theater that is adventurous, stimulating and most importantly "now", a true forum for the present culture.
Founded in 1995, The New Group was born of Artistic Director Scott Elliott's desire to develop a place for artists to experiment, take risks, and learn from each other without the pressures of commercial theater. Notable productions include Ecstasy, This is Our Youth, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Hurlyburly, Abigail's Party, Rafta, Rafta..., The Starry Messenger, A Lie of the Mind, Blood From a Stone, and Marie and Bruce. In fifteen years, we have received over ninety awards and nominations for excellence. The New Group's first musical, Avenue Q, won three Tony Awards. Most recently, The Kid received the Outer Critics Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, and The New Group and Scott Elliott were honored with a 2010-2011 Drama Desk Special Award "for presenting contemporary new voices, and for uncompromisingly raw and powerful productions."
In addition, our NewGroup/NewWorks play development program works intensively with emerging playwrights, presenting a free monthly reading series and up to three workshops annually. The New Group is also committed to community outreach, and 2011-2012 will be the seventh season that we offer Life Stories, a free theater education program for exceptionally talented New York City public high school students to learn acting and playwriting in a professional environment.
This season, The New Group is excited to bring you three World Premieres The Good Mother, by Francine Volpe, directed by Scott Elliott and Clive by Jonathan Marc Sherman, directed by Ethan Hawke and Bunty Berman Presents..., Book and Lyrics by Ayub Khan Din, music by Ayub Khan Din and Paul Bogaev, and directed by Scott Elliott.