Doris Duke Artist Award, 2014
New York, NY
John Collins is the founder and artistic director of Elevator Repair Service (ERS), a theater ensemble based in New York City. Characterized by its mash-up of hi- and lo-tech design, literary and found text, and innovative choreography, ERS has created theatrical adaptations of mainstays of American literature in GATZ (2006), a real time reading of The Great Gatsby; The Sound and the Fury (April Seventh, 1928) (2008), a take on the first chapter of William Faulkner's novel; and The Select (The Sun Also Rises) (2010), based on Ernest Hemingway's novel. Other recent work includes Arguendo (2013), a piece based on the 1991 Supreme Court Case Barnes v. Glen Theatre and the premiere production of Sibyl Kempson’s Fondly, Collette Richland. Among his many honors, he has received a 2009 grant from The Foundation for Contemporary Art, a 2011 Lortel Award for Outstanding Director, a 2010 Elliot Norton Award for Oustanding Director, as well as a USA Fellowship (2011) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2010). Collins and ERS were honored in 2012 with an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.