Stacy Klein; Founder & Co-Artistic Director
Stacy Klein is the Founder/ Artistic Director of Double Edge. Under her leadership, the company has grown for 32 years into one of the foremost laboratory ensemble theaters in the United States, applying rigorous physical training and the principle of an actor’s autonomy to create work in an ensemble laboratory setting. The three original performance cycles Klein directed have earned her international recognition for daring and innovation. Likewise, her work in creating the ‘living culture’ of The Farm, Double Edge's international center for performance and exchange, has been groundbreaking. Klein is presently working on The Grand Parade, a kaleidoscopic spectacle of history that depicts major events of the 20th century in a theatrical style inspired by Chagall’s vision of humanity at play, at war, and at rest. The Grand Parade premiered at Arena Stage (Washington, DC) in February 2013, followed by its Russian premiere at The Golden Mask Festival in Moscow in March 2013, and has since toured to Trinity College (Hartford, CT), Redfern Arts Center (Keene, NH), the Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans, LA), CityStage (Springfield, MA), and Peak Performances (Montclair, NJ).
Organizing and producing extra-theatrical events has also been central in Klein's work. Her projects include the 1980-81 International Women’s Theatre Festivals in Boston, the US / Latin American Spiral Mirror Project (1996-2001), the summer Ex-CHANGE programs (2002-4) and, with Poland's Gardzienice Theatre, the International Consortium for Theatre Practices (1999–2001). The ongoing Conversations series, convened with Philip Arnoult, brings internationally renowned artists, writers, and thinkers to the Farm for wide-ranging discussions, broadcasted live over the internet.
Klein's methodology has been profiled in New Theatre Quarterly, American Theatre, Theater Heute, TheatreForum, and TDR, among others, and she has written for Theater Topics and The Open Page. She is currently co-authoring a book with renowned Moscow Times writer John Freedman. Klein received the 2006 OTTO award, the MCC Artist Award (1999), an InRoads grant (1998), and was a Mentor in the New Generations Mentorship Program. She holds a PhD (Theatre History and Criticism) from Tufts University, MA (Political Theatre Education) from Goddard College, and BFA (Directing) from Boston University. In 2013, Klein received the prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, which recognizes exemplary individual artists who have proven their artistic vitality and commitment to their field.