WILDERNESS is a pulsating new multimedia documentary theatre piece that speaks to our collective search for connection and hope, as families survive the extraordinary pressures and complexities that accompany coming of age in 21st Century America. It is anchored by six real families’ stories — narratives that explore issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity.

In WILDERNESS, adolescents stand at the brink of emotional chaos, lost in social stigma, insecurity, aggression and anger. Parents risk losing their children forever. Thoughts race. Emotions fire. Isolation intensifies. One question emerges: how do we persevere when we feel most alone in the world?

WILDERNESS takes us to the high desert of southern Utah where peers unearth the courage to change. Video and projection design combines sweeping video landscapes with documentary footage of parents as the show veers from familiar domestic confines to the harshness of the world outdoors. An evocative folk rock score by Kyle Henderson and his band Desert Noises, Kyle Miller with his band Towr’s, and Gregory Alan Isakov accompanies visceral and emotionally charged movement by Devon de Mayo and Patrick McCollum.

WILDERNESS is made possible in part thanks to the generosity of the Phoebe Snow Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Allergan Foundation, Evoke Therapy Programs, Open Sky Wilderness, Justyn and Scott Shwayder, Patrick Duffy, Joan D. Firestone, Betsy Kalish, and Regina Scully. Development support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Pace University, and the University of Florida, Gainesville. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


“WILDERNESS will help to spark a much needed conversation about the mental health of our children and families.”

– Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH | Vice Chair of Education,
The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center


TOUR DATES


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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15

    The Kennedy Center, Family Theater
    University Park, Pennsylvania Tickets

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    TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 7:30PM

    Colwall Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
    Urbana, Illinois Tickets


“WILDERNESS will help to spark a much needed conversation about the mental health of our children and families.”

– Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH | Vice Chair of Education,
The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center


Spring 2017

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    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 7:30PM

    Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Center for the Performing Arts
    University Park, Pennsylvania Tickets

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    TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 7:30PM

    Colwall Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
    Urbana, Illinois Tickets


Fall 2017

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 -SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15

    The Kennedy Center, Family Theater
    Washington, D.C. Tickets

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    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 &SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

    OZ Arts Nashville
    Nashville, Tennessee On Sale Soon


En Garde Arts partners with presenters to assist in employing effective education and engagement programs that can spark conversation and build community around the mental health issues effecting teens and young adults and their families today.

For booking: nbhearn@opus3artists.com
Licensing: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., www.dramatists.com


“It showed how theatre — good theatre — will gently step off of the stage and seep into the audience, into the aisles, between the seats.”

– Educator | University of Florida, Gainesville



“It showed how theatre — good theatre — will gently step off of the stage and seep into the audience, into the aisles, between the seats.”

– Educator | University of Florida, Gainesville


ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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    Jerry Pavlon-Blum

    Director of Program Development, Stevenson School, New York

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    Dr. Roy Boorady

    Senior Director, Child Mind Institute

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    Myrna Harris

    Educational Consultant, Harris/Kramer

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    Dr. Jim Hudziak

    Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont

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    Dr. Cathy Lord

    Founding Director, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain

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    Dr. Alec Miller

    Co-Founder, Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants, LLP

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    Dr. Brad Reedy

    Co-Owner and Clinical Director, Evoke Therapy Programs


“WILDERNESS allows us to come clean and erase the stigma put on mental health issues in our society.”

– Student | University of Florida, Gainesville



“WILDERNESS allows us to come clean and erase the stigma put on mental health issues in our society.”

– Student | University of Florida, Gainesville


CREATIVE TEAM

Anne Hamburger has a long track record of spearheading cultural innovation and entrepreneurship. She founded and led En Garde Arts from 1985 through 1999 — pioneering site-specific theatre in New York, with Edwin Booth and Lee Reynolds Awards recognizing her work — and relaunched the company in 2014. Anne became Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse in 1999, developing the future Tony Award-winning musicals Thoroughly Modern Millie and Spring Awakening, before serving as an Executive Vice President at Disney and leading the creative development and production of all the major stage shows for the parks worldwide. Featuring the talent of such respected theatre artists as Francesca Zambello and Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, many of the shows developed under her near decade-long tenure are still running today. Anne is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and is the recipient of an Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Political Women’s Caucus. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama and is currently adjunct faculty for the graduate Theatre Program at Columbia University School of the Arts.
Devon de Mayo is a Chicago-based director, movement director, and teacher. In Chicago, she has directed at Northlight Theatre, Next Theatre, Shattered Globe, side project, Steppenwolf, American Theatre Company, Timeline, and Dog & Pony. She has done movement work on many Dog & Pony shows, as well as at the Luminaria Festival in San Antonio. She trained at Middlesex in London, UK, GITIS in Moscow, and the Indonesian School for the Arts in Bali.
Carolyn Mraz is a New York-based set designer of theatre and live performance. Credits include: Sweeney Todd (University of Kentucky Opera Theater); The Taming of the Shrew (Smith College); The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwright’s Realm); We Are Proud to Present…(Interact Theatre, Philadelphia); the one-act operas Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters and Sancta Susanna (Manhattan School of Music); Charlatan (Ars Nova); Nomads (Incubator Arts); The (*) Inn (Target Margin Theater at Abrons Arts Center); SPACEMAN (Incubator Arts at St. Mark’s Church); queerSpawn (A Collection of Shiny Objects at HERE Arts Center); The Diary of Anne Frank (Oberlin Summer Theater Festival); King John (New School for Drama); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Society and Hunts Point Alliance for Children); Barking Girl (East 4th St. Theater); A History of Launching Ships (Polybe & Seats at BLDG 92 Brooklyn Navy Yard); Life is Happening to Us Again (A Host of People, productions in both Brooklyn and Detroit); Acquainted With The Night (New York University, Rachel Chavkin, director); Once In A Lifetime (New York University, Emma Griffin, director); The Puppet Show (Target Margin Lab at The Bushwick Starr); Anne Frank (Curtain Call Theater); ThisisitIsthisit [ ]: A Map Of The Known World (The Bushwick Starr); TIME! (and/or progress?) (Ida Nowhere, Berlin, Germany); Attack Of The Soccer Moms (Edinburgh Fringe); Powerhouse (Sinking Ship Productions); and The Name Means Public Spirited (Target Margin Lab at HERE). Carolyn is an Oberlin College alum with a Master in Fine Arts degree in design from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She was the resident set designer for Columbia University Graduate Playwrights New Plays Now in 2012 and design dramaturg for The Playwrights Realm INK’D new play festival in 2014. As the associate set designer of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, she has illustrated scenic renderings for each reading of 2011 and 2012, and acted as set designer in 2013. Carolyn is a company member of A Host of People, Detroit-based makers of theater &c., and a newly minted Associate Artist of Sinking Ship Productions. Involved in many capacities over the last eight years, Carolyn is a proud and continued Associated Artist of Target Margin Theater.
Mike Tutaj based in Chicago, has had his designs seen and heard on the stages of Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Second City, Victory Gardens, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Writers’ Theatre, The Court Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, American Theater Company, Paramount Theatre, The Hypocrites, and many more. Off-Broadway credits include MCC Theater, p73, Engird Arts, and The York Theatre Company. Regional credits include Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Virginia Stage, Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis), City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh), and Theatre Squared. Mike has taught Projection Design in the Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago. He is an artistic associate with TimeLine Theatre Company and a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Scott Bolman is a Brooklyn-based designer and educator working in a diverse array of performance mediums, including theatre, dance, music, and opera. Recent credits: Moment (Studio Theatre); MIDNIGHT (RADIALSYSTEM V, Berlin); Fortuna Desperata (Performa 2015); The Chandelier (Celebrity Cruise Lines); A Wonderful Life (Goodspeed Opera); and piece.piece (Gibney Dance). Selected theatre: Marcus Gardley’s The Box (The Foundry); Intimate Apparel, The May Queen, The Romeo & Juliet Project, Fifty Ways (Chautauqua Theater Company); Antigone (Greek Festival, Athens); Urban Renewal (FIAF, La Cité International); Barefoot in the Park, Veronica Meadows (Trinity Rep). Selected opera and concert: Missy Mazzoli’s Songs from the Uproar (The Kitchen); Darcy James Argue’s Brooklyn Babylon (Brooklyn Academy of Music, Holland Festival); Jonathan Berger’s Visitations (Prototype Festival); and John Musto’s Later the Same Evening (Manhattan School of Music). Selected dance work: New Dance Partners (Kansas City) with Robert Moses, Amy Seiwart and Penny Saunders; Shen Wei’s performance for Zhang Huan’s Q Confucious exhibit (Rockbund Museum, Shanghai); the DJ Spooky/Corey Baker collaboration Coup de Foudre (Guggenheim NYC); Shen Wei Dance Arts’ Map (Lincoln Center Festival); and Héléne Lesterlin’s Darkling (Cinedans Festival in Amsterdam). With Robert Wilson: Zinnias (Peak Performances/Nuits des Fourvière); The Odyssey (National Theater of Greece/Piccolo Teatro di Milano); and KOOL (Guggenheim NYC/Akademie der Kunst, Berlin). He will also be working on the upcoming Wilson productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors (Peak Performances, 2016); Der Sandman (Dusseldorf Festspielhaus, 2017); and Paola Prestini’s new opera Two Oars (Bleach Festival, Australia, 2018).
Scott graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College and received his Master in Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama. Scott has served as an adjunct professor at Colorado College and Montclair State University, a teaching artist at the Brown-Trinity Rep Consortium, and a guest lecturer at the Yale School of Drama and New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Scott is a founding member of Wingspace design collective.
Mikhail Fiksel, originally imported from the steppes of Siberia, found his way to the University of Chicago, where he began his theatre education, purchased his first pair of turntables, and received his Degree in Psychology. He has been making noise ever since. As a designer/composer, his work has been heard at venues in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Brazil, Holland, Japan, China, Russia, and beyond. He is a company member of 2nd Story and Strawdog Theatre Company and an Artistic Associate with Timeline, Teatro Vista, Collaboraction, and Redmoon Theatre. He is a resident artist at Adventure Stage Chicago and Albany Park Theatre Project and teaches Sound Design at Loyola University and at University of Chicago. Previous theatre work includes numerous collaborations with his numerous associations, as well as projects with Goodman Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Second Stage Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Timeline, The Old Globe Theatre, Writers Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Next Theatre, Profiles, St. Louis Repertory, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, About Face, The Hypocrites, The House Theater, The Neo-Futurists, Wildclaw Theater, TUTA, and many others. Most recently, he was awarded the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award and received a Lucille Lortel Award for his sound design of the critically acclaimed The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.
Morgan Jenness is a freelance dramaturg who has worked at The Public Theater for over a decade as a manager, director, and associate producer; New York Theater Workshop as an Associate Artistic Director; and Los Angeles Theater Center. She has provided key dramaturgical support on projects including Stacy Klein’s The Grand Parade, currently touring nationally and internationally, Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge (2009), and SURRENDER (2007), her MAP Fund supported collaboration with the International WOW company. In 2003, she was presented with an OBIE Award Special Citation for Longtime Support of Playwrights. She has taught as a visiting artist and adjunct faculty at Bread Loaf, Brown University, Columbia University, Fordham University, University of Iowa, and New York University. Her current project is This Distracted Globe, a consulting entity intended to provide dramaturgical input and overall guidance to creative projects that meld the arts, sciences, and humanities.
Seth Bockley is a Chicago-based director and playwright. Directing credits include: En Garde Arts’s BASETRACK Live; 2666, adapted with Robert Falls from the novel by Roberto Bolaño (premiered at Goodman Theatre); the English-language premiere of Ewald Palmetshofer’s hamlet is dead. no gravity with Red Tape Theater; Philip Dawkins’s Failure: A Love Story with Victory Gardens Theater; Jason Grote’s Civilization (all you can eat) with Clubbed Thumb; Jason Grote’s 1001; numerous events and spectacles with Chicago’s Redmoon; and the clown play Guerra, developed with Devon de Mayo and Mexico City-based troupe La Piara. His works as a playwright include 2666; February House, a collaboration with lyricist and composer Gabriel Kahane, which premiered at the Public Theater in the spring of 2012; Ask Aunt Susan (premiered at the Goodman in June 2014); The Elephant & The Whale (with Redmoon and Chicago Children’s Theatre); and adaptations of George Saunders’s short stories CommComm and Jon, which won the 2008 Equity Jeff Citation for Best New Adaptation. He teaches at the University of Chicago and is Playwright in Residence at the Goodman Theatre.
Patrick McCollum is a Southern California native. His regional choreographic works include Unknown Soldier (Williamstown Theater Festival) and Rain (The Old Globe, San Diego). Broadway: The Last Ship (Associate Choreographer to Steven Hoggett); Peter and the Starcatcher (Movement Associate); Rocky (Associate Fight Choreographer); Wicked (North American Dance Supervisor). Off Broadway: Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theater Club, Associate Choreographer to Doug Varone); Oh Hello! (Cherry Lane Theater, Dance Consultant); and Permission (MCC, Movement Consultant).
Claudia Brown has designed costumes for film, theatre, and dance, including En Garde Arts’s BASETRACK Live. She has worked at the Flea Theater, Playwrights Horizons, MCC Theater, and Soho Rep. She has designed costumes for The Vandal by Hamish Linklater; Dawn by Thomas Bradshaw; Oh, The Humanity by Will Eno; Family Furniture by A.R.Gurney; Crowbar, Bad Penny and Sincerity Forever by Mac Wellman; Like I Say and Limbo Tales by Len Jenkin; and Nixon’s Nixon by Russell Lees. Film credits include River’s Edge, Trust, The Ballad of Little Jo, Smoke, Copycat, and Starting Out in the Evening. Claudia has also designed costumes for the Hartford Ballet, Arizona Ballet, and Zig Zag Ballet.
Michael Hunter is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer living in Brooklyn. An unusually versatile musician, Michael is a professional level violinist, pianist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer, and advanced level cellist. He has composed string arrangements for Grammy-winning producers and engineers, shared legendary stages with iconic musicians, and performed shows in front of thousands across the United States. Classically trained from a young age in piano and violin, he abandoned the traditional conservatory approach, instead studying composition under Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky at Cornell University. He quickly shifted his interests from academia to songwriting and playing in bands, teaching himself guitar, drums and bass. Over a period of seven years, he played in a variety of successful bands upstate that toured up and down the east coast. Upon moving to New York, Michael added cello and percussion (primarily cajon) to his skill set, and adapted his classical violin and piano expertise to more popular styles (fiddle and keys). In 2013, he successfully ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund his solo album, A Chance to Shine, on which he performed all the instruments and wrote all the songs and arrangements. Michael is an eager collaborator who prides himself on being reliable, punctual, and easy to work with. Currently, he spends the majority of his time either writing/recording string arrangements in his home studio or performing onstage in various bands and theatre productions.
Lory Henning is pleased to be making her debut with En Garde Arts.  Lory has been working with Blue Man Group in various roles both domestically and internationally for over 20 years.  She is currently the Production Stage Manager for the New York production. In addition to freelancing in event stage management and directing RECREATING KEITER, by Cindy Keiter, Lory is a woodworker, welder, and green roof gardener, which she blogs about at ProjectHappyLife.com.
Lauren Parrish (Production Stage Manager/Lighting Supervisor) holds a B.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College, where she graduated in 2007. She has been the Production Stage Manager for Battleworks Dance Company, KEIGWIN + COMPANY, Susan Marshall & Company, BODYTRAFFIC, Youth America Grand Prix at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center and others. She recently lit American Repertory Ballet’s Firebird at McCarter Theater Center. Lauren is the Production Manager/Lighting Designer for DanceNOW NYC and the Production Manager for American Repertory Ballet. In the next year, she looks forward to a new DanceNOW premiere in collaboration with Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott and helping to create American Repertory Ballet’s newest evening-length work, Pride and Prejudice. She recently toured with En Garde Arts’ Basetrack LIVE. She lives in Brooklyn, but you can find her online at www.laurenparrish.com.
  • MISSION

To produce bold, unconventional, and innovative multimedia and interdisciplinary theatre that marries content with community and inspires dialogue and debate about the salient issues of our time.

  • PROGRAMMING IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY:

Anne Hamburger | Founder

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Maria Baranova Photography

Anne Hamburger | Founder

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Maria Baranova Photography

© 2016 En Garde Arts




© 2016 En Garde Arts