Stacy Klein


Doris Duke Artist Award, 2013
Theatre

Ashfield, MA

As Founder/Artistic Director of Double Edge Theatre, Stacy Klein has led the company for 34 years as one of America’s foremost laboratory theatres, known for its immersive actor training methodology, classic literature adaptations, and touring performance cycles. In 1994, Klein moved Double Edge to the rural town of Ashfield and created an international center for living culture, performance, training, and exchange known as The Farm. In 2002, she began directing an annual Summer Spectacle series— performances that take place throughout The Farm grounds. She is the recipient of the OTTO award for Political Theater (2006), and her work with Double Edge has received grants from the NEFA National Theater Project (2013), Arts Presenters (2008, 2006), and MAP Fund (2006). In February 2013, Double Edge premiered The Grand Parade, which has since toured to the Golden Mask Festival (Moscow), The Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), ArtsEmerson’s Paramount Theatre (Boston, MA), the PIT Festival (Porsgrunn, Norway), and Peak Performances (Montclair, NJ), among others.

  • Stacy Klein- The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century) (2013) : http://vimeo.com/85748296
    The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century) (2013)
  • Stacy Klein- Shahrazad (2014): http://vimeo.com/128615483
    Shahrazad (2014)
  • Stacy Klein- The Odyssey (2012) : http://vimeo.com/128615482
    The Odyssey (2012)
  • Stacy Klein- Spectacles Presentation at Amherst College (2014): /122277177
    Spectacles Presentation at Amherst College (2014)
  • Photo credit: David Weiland
    The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century) (2014)
  • Photo credit: David Weiland
    The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century) (2013)
  • Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
    The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century) (2013)
  • Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
    The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century) (2013)
  • Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
    The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century) (2013)

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?

Creating The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century) has been the closest I have come to realizing myself as an artist. Struggling determinedly to develop this work over the past two years according to my own criteria, and not the maddening voices of presenters, critics, and fashion arbiters, I found the route to my own narrative and identity- visual, emotional, personal, female, and American. Alongside me an honest dialogue with my wonderful ensemble shaped the discovery of a flying theatre. The Grand Parade that emerged revealed all the hopes, dreams, and prayers I have for a world in desperate need—the actors literally flying high above the chaos and destruction that marked the twentieth century. My courage to create such a piece was inspired and provoked by visiting two distinct landscapes. The first of painter Marc Chagall, who, in the face of similar scathing voices never gave up his mythological imagination, folk spirit and colors of love. The second, more daunting landscape, was that of our increasingly precarious reality, seemingly devoid of creativity and dialogue. Dancing, singing, dreaming and flying through this madness, The Grand Parade asks: how we will write together the future of the present century?