How Susan Bernfield Proves the Viability of Weird Theater

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Susan Bernfield, Artistic Director of New Georges (Photo: Jody Christopherson)

In this episode of The Scene, we’re talking about nontraditional theater with our guest Susan Bernfield. Susan is the founder and producing artistic director of New Georges, an award-winning theater company that has produced and developed adventurous new plays by women in New York City since 1992. Her plays and solo performance works have been presented or developed at many venues including Huntington Theatre Company, The O’Neill Conference, Lark Play Development Center and Playwrights Horizons. She serves as president of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York and has appeared on countless panels and in The American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre Series. She is the recipient of an Obie Award for artistic achievement and the 2014 Lilly Award for producing. Listen to hear how Susan produces offbeat work without sacrificing sustainability and how you can even have her work performed in your living room.

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Sean Douglass

Sean Douglass is the Managing Editor of The Clyde Fitch Report, as well as an author, playwright and dramaturg. He is the Company Dramaturg for Something Marvelous, Chicago’s annual magical realism festival, and has previously worked at Northlight Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. His plays have been produced or developed at UW-Madison, The Vermont College of Fine Arts, The Chicago Fringe Festival, Luminous Theatre of Milwaukee, Something Marvelous, Chicago Dramatists and Stagecloud. He hosts the CFR’s podcast The Scene and is also an arts writer for the digital news publication Rantt.