St. Ann’s Warehouse plays a vital role on the global cultural landscape as an artistic home for international companies of distinction, American avant-garde masters and talented emerging artists ready to work on a grand scale. St. Ann’s signature flexible, open space allows artists to stretch, both literally and figuratively, enabling them to approach work with unfettered creativity, knowing that the theater can be adapted in multiple configurations to suit their needs.
In the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, under the vision of St. Ann’s founder and Artistic Director Susan Feldman, Marvel Architects, DBI Projects, theater consultants Charcoalblue and a team of expert engineers have designed a theater that offers St. Ann’s signature versatility and grandeur on an amplified scale while respecting the walls of the original 1860 Tobacco Warehouse. The new building complex includes, a Studio for smaller-scale events and community uses, as well as The Max Family Garden designed by landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, which is open to Brooklyn Bridge Park visitors during Park hours, and Bar Jolie curated by Vinegar Hill House in the lobby.
Almost four decades of consistently acclaimed landmark productions that found a home at St. Ann’s include: Lou Reed’s and John Cale’s Songs for ‘Drella; Charlie Kaufman and the Coen Brothers’ Theater of the New Ear; TR Warszawa productions of Festen, Macbeth (outdoors in the Tobacco Warehouse), and Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis; The Globe Theatre of London’s Measure for Measure with Mark Rylance; Druid Company’s The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh; Walsh’s Misterman, featuring Cillian Murphy, Arlington, and Ballyturk; Lou Reed’s Berlin; the National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch and Let the Right One In; Kneehigh Theatre’s Brief Encounter, 946, and Tristan & Yseult; the Donmar Warehouse/Phyllida Lloyd’s All-Female Shakespeare Trilogy: Julius Caesar, Henry IV, The Tempest; the Young Vic production of A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson; Mark Rylance’s Nice Fish; and the World Premiere of Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, including the one-time only 24-hour marathon in 2016. Last season, St. Ann’s presented the National Theatre/Headlong production of People, Places & Things with Denise Gough and the Schaubühne Berlin’s Returning to Reims, directed by Thomas Ostermeier. This season: Daniel Fish’s reimagined Oklahoma!, Good Chance Theatre’s The Jungle, and The Wooster Group’s The B-Side.