Stacy Klein: Founder & Artistic Director, Ensemble
Stacy Klein founded Double Edge Theatre in 1982 and under her leadership, the company has grown into one of the foremost ensemble theatres and theatre centers in the US. Klein has conceived and directed five original performance cycles, which have earned her international recognition for daring and innovation. In 2013, she was honored with a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, given to artists of profound influence on the field in this country. Likewise, her work in developing the concept of "living culture," a term categorizing engagement of communities in the creation of art and culture, has been groundbreaking. Klein most recently conceived and directed the signature indoor performance of the Latin American Cycle Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro, which premiered in March 2018 at Peak Performances at Montclair State University. She conceived and directed The Grand Parade, part of the Chagall Cycle, which premiered at Arena Stage (Washington, DC) in February 2013, followed by tours to The Golden Mask Festival, Moscow (2013); the Redfern Performing Arts Center, New Hampshire (2015); the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (2015); ArtsEmerson's Paramount Center, Boston (2015); Brygga Kultursal, Halden Norway (2015); the PIT Festival, Porsgrunn, Norway (2015); and Peak Performances at Montclair State, New Jersey (2016).
Beginning in 2002, Klein began directing an annual Summer Spectacle series: indoor/outdoor traveling performances that take place throughout the grounds of the Farm Center, drawing on classic novels and legends, and using larger-than-life puppetry, live music, and street theatre techniques to bring audiences on a literal and figurative journey. Recent Spectacles include We The People, Once a Blue Moon - Cada Luna Azul, Shahrazad, A Tale of Love and Magic, The Odyssey, and The Firebird. These Spectacles also tour to engage other communities, including The Latin American Spectacle in Jamaica Plain, MA and Springfield, MA, The Odyssey/Shahrazad in Halden, Norway, and The Odyssey at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME. In 2017, Klein produced the Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair, a celebration throughout the town inspired by the spirit of Direct Democracy. In 2017 Klein directed the Double Edge Traveling Summer Spectacle We The People, based in part on research done during the Ashfield Town Spectacle of local historical figures of courage who changed the course of history, and the transcendent power of the imagination. In October, 2018, Klein directed and designed DE’s first ever Fall Spectacle, Leonora’s World, a traveling spectacle based on the paintings of Leonora Carrington.
Klein’s other projects include the International Womyn's Theatre Festivals in Boston (1980–81), the US / Latin American Spiral Mirror Project (1996–2001), the summer Ex-CHANGE Program (2002–4), and, with Poland's Gardzienice Theatre, the International Consortium for Theatre Practices (1999–2001). The Conversations Series, convened with Philip Arnoult from 2006-2010, brought internationally renowned artists, writers, and thinkers to the Farm for wide-ranging discussions, broadcast live over the internet. Klein's methodology has been profiled in New Theatre Quarterly, American Theater, Theater Heute, TheatreForum, and TDR, and she has written for Theater Topics and The Open Page. Klein received the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from Tufts University (2014), the OTTO award (2006), the MCC Artist Award (1999), an InRoads grant (1998), and was a Mentor in the New Generations Mentorship Program. She holds a PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from Tufts University, an MA in Political Theatre Education from Goddard College, and a BFA in Directing from Boston University.