Elizabeth LeCompte

Doris Duke Artist Award, 2012

New York, NY

Elizabeth LeCompte is the director and co-founder of The Wooster Group, an experimental theatre company known for deconstructions of classical texts (Hamlet, The Emperor Jones) and integration of multimedia. Since 1975, she has directed all of the Group’s works including RUMSTICK ROAD (1977), L.S.D. (…JUST THE HIGH POINTS…) (1984), BRACE UP! (1991), HOUSE/LIGHTS (1999), TO YOU, THE BIRDIE! (Phèdre) (2002), WHO’S YOUR DADA?! (2006), the installation THERE IS STILL TIME…BROTHER (2007), and the opera LA DIDONE (2008). Her awards and honors include an NEA Distinguished Artists Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement in American Theater, a MacArthur Fellowship, the Skowhegan Medal for Performance, the Chevalier des Artes et Lettres from the French Cultural Ministry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Fellowship, an Anonymous Was A Woman Award, and honorary doctorates from the New School and California Institute for the Arts.

  • Photo Credit: Paula Court
  • Elizabeth LeCompte- VIEUX CARRÉ (2011): http://vimeo.com/24798302#embed
    VIEUX CARRÉ (2011)
  • Photo Credit: Franck Beloncle
    VIEUX CARRÉ (2011)
  • Elizabeth LeCompte- LA DIDONE (2009): http://vimeo.com/48886865
    LA DIDONE (2009)
  • Elizabeth LeCompte- HAMLET (2007, 2012): http://vimeo.com/48886578
    HAMLET (2007, 2012)

Suppose you just met someone who didn't know your work, what project from the past 10 years would you direct them to as an entry point to you and your work, and why?

LA DIDONE because I would like more people to be able to see that piece.