For 34 years, St. Ann’s Warehouse has commissioned, produced, and presented a unique and eclectic body of innovative theater and concert presentations that meet at the intersection of theater and rock and roll. Since 2000, the organization has helped vitalize the Brooklyn Waterfront in DUMBO, where St. Ann’s Warehouse has become one of New York City’s most important and compelling live performance destinations. After twelve years at 38 Water Street, St. Ann’s activated a new warehouse at 29 Jay Street, turning it into an interim home while the organization has adapted the historic Tobacco Warehouse (45 Water Street) in Brooklyn Bridge Park into a waterfront cultural center. Construction is nearly finished.
Through its signature multi-artist concerts and groundbreaking music and theater collaborations, St. Ann’s continues to celebrate the panoramic traditions of American and world cultures, with forays into a variety of contemporary forms, including new commissions and multi-disciplinary theatrical presentations.
Among the many acclaimed St. Ann’s productions include Lou Reed and John Cale’s Songs for Drella; Marianne Faithfull’s Blazing Away and The Seven Deadly Sins; Artistic Director Susan Feldman’s Band in Berlin; Carter Burwell, Charlie Kaufman, and the Coen Brothers’ Theater of the New Ear; The Royal Court Theatre’s4:48 Psychosis; The Wooster Group’s Hamlet, The Emperor Jones, House/Lights, To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre); The Globe Theatre’s Measure for Measure; Gate Theatre London’s Woyzeck; Antony’s Turning; Mabou Mines’ Dollhouse; Lou Reed’s Berlin; Cynthia Hopkins’ Accidental Trilogy; Les Freres Corbusier’s Hell House; Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce, The New Electric Ballroom, and Penelope (Druid Theatre) and Misterman with Cillian Murphy; TR Warszawa’s Macbeth, Risk Everything, and FESTEN (The Celebration); The National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch and Beautiful Burnout; Kneehigh Theatre’s Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride; Young@Heart/No Theater’s End of the Road; the American debut of Daniel Kitson: The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church and It’s Always Right Now Until It’s Later; Yael Farber’s Mies Julie (Baxter Theatre); Dmitry Krymov’s Opus No. 7; and Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Julius Caesar; Kate Tempest’s Brand New Ancients; Tricycle Theatre’s Red Velvet and, most recently, the National Theatre of Scotland’s Let the Right One In. St. Ann’s has championed such artists as The Wooster Group, Mabou Mines, Jeff Buckley, Cynthia Hopkins, Emma Rice and Daniel Kitson.
In 2004, founding Artistic Director Susan Feldman and St. Ann’s Warehouse were awarded the Ross Wetzsteon Award for the development of new work and for “inviting artists to treat their cavernous DUMBO space as both an inspiring laboratory and a sleek venue where its superinformed audience charges the atmosphere with hip vitality.”