Yinzerspielen is a three-way partnership, a fluid and evolving label used by actor/director Patrick Berger, actor/performance researcher Christina Kruise, and playwright/director Cory Tamler to define their collaborative work. Yinzerspielen had its start in 2009 as an international collaborative effort between a group of American and a group of German students. True to these roots, we continue to make performances comprising ideas and bodies that have had to cross many borders – national, physical, cultural, psychological – before confluencing. Part of this impulse is probably this: we’re not ready to be pinned down to one place, theme, or method of working. Within and beyond the Yinzerspielen label, we’ve worked in Pittsburgh, Chicago, New York, Portland ME, and Los Angeles; we’ve worked in Serbia, Germany, Italy, the UK, and Mongolia. Based out of New York City, we are committed to Performance-as-Research, the furthering of dynamic artist/audience relationships, and taking theater out of the theater.
[WE'RE ALWAYS RETHINKING OUR MISSION, BUT WE'RE RETHINKING PARTICULARLY HARD RIGHT NOW. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.]
We are committed to art as research / pushing theatre into new spaces / a more community-engaged arts model / furthering dynamic artist-audience relationships. We believe that theatre should be many-voiced, community-engaged, globally conscious, and ugly. For us, this means:
- Transparency and openness: Share the process, inviting outside insight and dissent. Share ownership.
- Relevance and timeliness: Do good work fast. Attack real topics, start real conversations.
Be tech-savvy and tech-bold.
- Accessibility and approachability: Take theatre out of the theatre. Question titles. Demystify, demystify, demystify.
I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all (Alexis de Tocqueville)
we’re young, restless, excited, driven, focused, bold, brash, creative, wild, messy, up, down, moldbreaking, failing, experimenting, new, old, smelly, technological, engaged, fruitful, full, simple, direct, frustrated.
Theatre is transparent and that’s why, though our ideas are unfinished, we’re sharing them with you — and asking you to tell us when they’re awesome or they suck or they don’t make sense.
theatre is sharing
theatre is collaborating
theatre is experimenting
theatre is pushing the boundaries — not just the art, but the definitions, the artists
theatre is a community
theatre is for the people, not the artists??
theatre is meant to be current
theatre is a conversation
theatre does not always have to take time
theatre is not elite
theatre should not be elite
theatre looks outside itself
theatre is international
theatre is an international language
theatre can be scientific, theatre is a science, science is an art
theatre should evolve, give and take, change as it grows (not just the actors but the entire piece)
theatre is theater is theatre is theater
theatre should be connected to the community (not Community)
theatre is for the young, the old, the outsider, the insider, everything
theatre is a place for everything and everyone
theatre is amateur and professional and student
theatre is not delicate
theatre is strong, bold, brash, built
theatre is generous
theatre is digital
theatre is analog
theatre is culture, is not culture
theatre is a dialogue is a monologue, is always communicating
theatre is a cultural dialogue
theatre is self-deprecating
theatre is evolution
Yinzerspielen is something new and something old. We want to take theatre (something old) to the next level.
We did not say if that level is up or down.