Name: Shannon Stowe / New Dance Theatre
What is your current project? Asylum
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?
Access Theater in Tribeca. We have been in residency with Access this year and we have been offered this opportunity for co-production as part of the Darkroom Developed series in which projects are seen from development to completion. Access Theater’s mission as a cost-effective curated arts venue seeking innovative, not-for-profit producing organizations devoted to new works in the Off-Off Broadway community makes them a perfect match. The Gallery Space is also a space that we just loved as being perfect for our needs. The people are right, the place is right, and we really fit into their programming.
What’s next for you?
I personally will be working with Strange Harbor on a devised piece about Italian Baroque Painter, Artemisia Gentileschi. With New Dance Theatre, there are a few things lined up including a showcase featuring short works created by the company members and guest choreographers, our take on Shakespeare, and further development of a movement play written by company member Ilan Ben-Yehuda.
What is the name of the last show you saw?
Cabaret at the New School for Drama
Any advice for your peers?
Risk. Don’t be afraid to let go. Try everything to find what works. Work from a place of truth and belief in your work, not having to prove your creative vision is “right” or “correct.” These are things I’ve been reminded of during our creative process.
New Dance Theatre is a movement based theatre company formed in 2012 as a collaboration of New School for Drama alumni led by Artistic Director Shannon Stowe. The company seeks to create choreography that is inspired primarily by the actor’s impulse, allowing for storytelling that is both expressive and physical. The mission of New Dance Theatre is to utilize a wide variety of dramatic forms for telling old and new stories, looking for where the pedestrian and profound collide. Past productions include Stricken (New School for Drama, Emerging Artists New Works Series), A Date for the Evening (Emerging Artists New Works Series, The Frigid Fringe, and the San Francisco Fringe Festival) and Lamia (Westbeth Theatre). Shannon Stowe (Artistic Director) has an MFA in Acting from the New School for Drama where she is also on faculty. Prior to living in New York City, Shannon was an actor and professional choreographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Favorite roles include Nora (A Doll’s House), Billie Dawn (Born Yesterday), Pegeen Mike (Playboy of the Western World), various turns as a Kit Kat Girl (Cabaret), Natasha (Three Sisters) and more. Favorite shows among the many she choreographed include Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty, and Nine. In New York, Shannon has choreographed for Wizard Oil Productions, Ego Actus, Theatre Uzume, and Off-Broadway for Masterworks Theatre Company. She served as choreographer and assistant director for the Classics Studio productions the New School from 2011-2017. She has a background in Ballet, Musical Theatre and Jazz. In addition to teaching dance technique, she also teaches a variety of dance fitness classes and is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Shannon received a certificate from the Yale Professional Directors Training Program and is a proud member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, and ATME (The Association of Theatre Movement Educators).
Show Information: Dates/Venue/Ticket URL
WHEN: July 13 – 30, 2017, 8 pm Thursday – Saturday, 7 pm Sundays
WHERE: Access Theater, Gallery Space, 380 Broadway, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10013
RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes with no intermission