Tina Satter


Doris Duke Impact Award, 2014
Theatre

New York, NY

Tina Satter makes plays, performances, and videos. She is Founder and Artistic Director of Half Straddle, and focuses on her characters’ humanity while maintaining a visual artist’s focus on form. Ghost Rings (2016) is a pop-song cycle considering romance and loss among family and friends, House of Dance (2013) tells the story of a transgender tap student busting out of a small town studio, and Seagull (Thinking of you) (2013) is a feminist re-working of Chekhov’s Seagull, spotlighting female and genderqueer actors; her first book of plays was published by 53rd State Press (2014). Honors include a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award (2016), an OBIE Award (2013), and she was named “Off-Off Broadway Innovators to Watch” by Time Out New York (2011). She has had residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, Yaddo, The Performing Garage, Kitchen L.A.B., MASS MoCA, and New Museum for Contemporary Art. She has been a visiting playwright at University of Michigan, Princeton University, Carnegie Mellon, Reed College, and Fordham University.

  • Photo Credit: Michael De Angelis
  • Tina Satter- Ancient Lives (2015): /123632123
    Ancient Lives (2015)
  • Tina Satter- House of Dance (2013): http://vimeo.com/89948238
    House of Dance (2013)
  • Photo Credit: THEY bklyn
    House of Dance (2013)
  • Tina Satter- Seagull (Thinking of you) (2013): http://vimeo.com/89953641
    Seagull (Thinking of you) (2013)
  • Photo Credit: Bex Wade
    Seagull (Thinking of you) (2013)
  • Photo Credit: Paula Court
    Ancient Lives (2015)
  • Photo Credit: Paula Court
    Ancient Lives (2015)

Artistically, what do you do & why do you do it?

I write and direct plays, performances, and videos. I think of the projects I make as performative laboratories to deconstruct the preconceived, and am particularly interested in feminist and queer dynamics. I often set my work among groups of people and their attempts to connect with others. Original music and a very stylized approach to design elements are created for each piece. A central tenet of my practice is the re-framing of known idioms and situations usually presented to us on stage. I'm always trying to convey and show the edges, the corners, the underneath of moments and emotions and desires—and I'm truly experimenting with how to make that happen in subversive ways that still allow for a beauty and theatricality that could ignite a heartbeat, or frame a feeling.