The New Group, led by founding Artistic Director Scott Elliott and Executive Director Adam Bernstein, 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. Over the course of two decades, Scott Elliott has fostered an environment where a community of artists can experiment, take risks, and learn from each other away from the pressures of commercial theater, leading to the production of over 70 powerful, contemporary theater pieces featuring some of today's most compelling performers.
In over twenty years, we have received over 100 awards and nominations for excellence. The New Group is a recipient of the 2004 Tony Award for best musical (Avenue Q). 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."
New Group/New Works, our play development program, is a creative incubator that discovers, identifies, and nurtures emerging and established artists. Activities include public and private readings and workshops of new plays and musicals; a spring festival of new works; and New Group/No Limits, a reading series curated by playwright Thomas Bradshaw that introduces new writers of color.
The New Group's education programs provide opportunities for artistically inclined high school, college, and adult students to experiment and take risks with forms of theatrical expression in an environment of trust and collaboration. Programs include Scene 1, an acting class free for NYC public high school students; a robust internship program; and a playwriting workshop.
(Biography dated 02/09/2018 )