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Bedlam was founded in 2012, presenting George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan on a shoestring budget with only four actors playing over 25 characters. The show received instant recognition and was extended four times. Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal was an early admirer, describing it as “Thrilling! An unforgettable show! The most exciting George Bernard Shaw revival I’ve ever seen, bar none.”
In 2013, Bedlam produced William Shakespeare’s Hamlet with the same four actors, again playing over 25 characters amongst themselves. Hamlet ran in repertory with Saint Joan and both productions were then transferred for a commercial Off-Broadway run at The Lynn Redgrave Theater in the winter of 2013/2014. Ben Brantley, the head theatre critic of The New York Times wrote, “Every member of Bedlam hears voices. Not of God and his saints, but of Shaw (who probably would have said that’s the same thing) and Shakespeare. And I mean they believe they hear these playwrights, in all their sonority, telling them what to do…anyone who listens to the eminently sane and persuasive voices of Bedlam is destined to become a convert.”
During the 2014 and 2015 seasons Bedlam produced two Off Broadway remounts, two World Premieres, one American Premiere and two different productions of Twelfth Night running in repertory with one another, all receiving additional acclaim. Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, adapted by Kate Hamill and directed by Artistic Director Eric Tucker ran for a year Off Broadway, including three extensions. Another major hit with the critics, Peter Hempstead of Theatermania explained it best: “This hysterical, endlessly inventive production captures Austen’s penchant for satire while inducing laughs with an ever-changing set and 10 brilliant actors who never seem to stop moving. It’s one of the funniest, most engaging productions now running off-Broadway.”
Bedlam’s shows have been noted as Ben Brantley’s “Critics’ Picks” for The New York Times six times, noted on The New York Times and New York Magazine’s “Top Ten Best Show Lists” two times, as well as those of The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine respectively. The Wall Street Journal also noted Eric Tucker as “Director of the Year” in 2014. Bedlam has won two Irne Awards, two Off Broadway Alliance Awards and an Obie Grant. Bedlam has also been nominated for two Lucille Lortel awards, a Drama League award, six Elliot Norton awards, winning for Best Visiting Production and Best Ensemble for Bedlam’s Saint Joan, Best Visiting Production for Bedlam’s Twelfth Night/What You Will and Best Visiting Performer for Vaishnavi Sharma in Bedlam’s Pygmalion.
- Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet (Sara Holdren, New York Magazine, Top Ten Best of 2018)
- Peter Pan (Charles Quittner, BroadwayWorld, Top 10 Best of 2017)
- Peter Pan (Sarah Holdren, NY Magazine, Honorable Mention Top 10 Best of 2017)
- Sense & Sensibility (Brantley, NYTimes Critics’ Pick, 2016)
- Twelfth Night (Brantley, NYTimes Critics’ Pick, 2015)
- What You Will (Brantley, NYTimes Critics’ Pick, 2015)
- Sense & Sensibility (Brantley, NYTimes Critics’ Pick, Top 10 Best of 2014)
- Saint Joan (Time Magazine, Top 10 Best of 2014)
- Hamlet (Brantley, NYTimes Critics’ Pick, Top 10 Best of 2014)
- Wall Street Journal Performance of the Year in Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet, Zuzanna Szadkowski, 2018
- Wall Street Journal Best Classical Director in America and of his generation, Eric Tucker, 2017
- Wall Street Journal Best Classical Director, Eric Tucker, 2015
- Wall Street Journal Performance of the Year in New York Animals, Susannah Millonzi, 2015
- Wall Street Journal Director of the Year, Eric Tucker, 2014
- Wall Street Journal Best Revival, Saint Joan, 2012
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
- Elliot Norton Award – Best Visiting Performer, Vaishnavi Sharma, Bedlam’s Pygmalion, 2019
- Irne Award – Best Visiting Production, Small Theater, Bedlam’s Twelfth Night / What You Will, 2017
- Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Visiting Production, Bedlam’s Twelfth Night / What You Will, 2017
- Helen Hayes Award – Outstanding Direction – Play, Folger Theatre’s Sense & Sensibility, 2017
- Obie Award Grant in recognition artistic achievements and commitment to excellence in theatre, 2016
- Off-Broadway Alliance Award – Best Unique Theatrical Experience, Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility, 2016
- Lucille Lortel Award – Best Director, Eric Tucker, Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility (nomination), 2016
- Lucille Lortel Award – Best Choreographer, Alexandra Beller, Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility (nomination), 2016
- Irne Award – Best Visiting Production, Small Theater, Bedlam’s Saint Joan, 2016
- Irne Award – Best Visiting Performer, Small Theater, Andrus Nichols for Bedlam’s Saint Joan, 2016
- Houston Theater Award – Best Visiting Production for Bedlam’s Saint Joan, 2016
- Houston Theater Award – Best Lighting by Christina Gianelli for Bedlam’s Saint Joan, 2016
- Houston Theater Award – Best Actress, Samantha Steinmetz for Bedlam’s Saint Joan(nomination), 2016
- Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Visiting Production, Bedlam’s Saint Joan, 2015
- Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Ensemble, Bedlam’s Saint Joan, 2015
- Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Lead Actress, Andrus Nichols, Bedlam’s Saint Joan, (nomination), 2015
- Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Eric Tucker, Bedlam’s Saint Joan, (nomination), 2015
- Helen Hayes Award – Outstanding Lead Actress, Andrus Nichols, Bedlam’s Saint Joan, (nomination), 2014
- Off-Broadway Alliance Award – Best Revival of a Play, Bedlam’s Saint Joan, 2014
ERIC TUCKER (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR)
Wall Street Journal DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2014. Off Broadway: Vanity Fair (The Pearl); Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility (Off Broadway Alliance Award, Lortel nom., Best Director, Drama League nom., Best Revival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drama League nom. Best Revival, WSJ Best Classical Production 2015; NY Times Critics’ Pick), Bedlam’s Saint Joan (NY Times/Time Magazine Top 10; Off Broadway Alliance Best Revival 2014), Bedlam’s Hamlet (NY Times Top 10; Time Out NY/Backstage Critics’ Pick), Tina Packer’s Women of Will. For Bedlam: Hamlet/Saint Joan: McCarter Theatre; Central Sq. Theater (Elliott Norton: Outstanding Visiting Production/Outstanding Ensemble, Boston Globe Top Ten); Dead Dog Park, New York Animals (World Premiere by Steven Sater/Burt Bacharach), Twelfth Night and What You Will (NY Times Critics’ Picks), The Seagull (WSJ Best Classical Production 2014), Sense & Sensibility (NY Times Top 10, NY Times/WSJ/Time Out Critics’ Picks). Other: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Two River), Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (OSF); Pericles (APT); Sense and Sensibility (The Folger Theater, 8 Helen Hayes nominations including Best Director and Best Production), Copenhagen (Central Square Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (HVSF), Mate (The Actors’ Gang). Eric received his M.F.A. from the Trinity Rep Conservatory. He resides in New York City where he is Founder and Artistic Director of Bedlam.
SARAH BELLIN (MANAGING DIRECTOR)
Sarah Bellin is an internationally active, award-winning theater & film producer, director, musician, connector and passionate arts educator who is thrilled to be joining the Bedlam team. Recent credits include productions at the Zürcher Festspiele, Berliner Theatertreffen, Zürich Opera House, Konzert Theater Bern, Kurtheater Baden, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Hudson Guild Theater, Brooklyn Arts Exchange with Lone Wolf Tribe, The Brick, Producer’s Club, Theater for the New City and The Cell. 2015 Artistic Research Fellow at Zürich University of the Arts. M.F.A. The New School for Drama.
SUSANNAH MILLONZI (DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR)
SUSANNAH MILLONZI is so grateful to be a part of the Bedlam team. Prior to becoming Bedlam’s Development Director, Susannah worked as Development Associate for the arts organization Community Access to the Arts. As an actor, dancer and choreographer her theatre credits include: Bedlam: Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet, New York Animals (WSJ Performance of the Year 2015), Dead Dog Park, Twelfth Night(s) (also at Central Square Theater); Classic Stage Company: Prometheus Bound (David Oyelowo); David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group: tough, the tough, 21st Annual Bessie Awards; Clubbed Thumb: Pageant; Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Arabian Nights, The Winter’s Tale; Shakespeare & Company.: Romeo and Juliet, King John, As You Like It, Comedy of Errors; Seattle Shakespeare Company: Twelfth Night, Electra (Footlight Award: Best Actor); Georgia Shakespeare Festival: Julius Caesar, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, All’s Well that Ends Well; Orlando Shakespeare Company: As You Like It; Elm Shakespeare: The Three Musketeers; Boston Theatre Works: The Tempest. Choreographer for Bedlam, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Company, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Esperance. B.A. Barnard College.
KIMBERLY PAU BOSTON (GRANT WRITER)
Kimberly Pau Boston is a writer, producer and fundraiser and was honored to be Bedlam’s Managing Director from 2016-2019. As a Fundraising Consultant she has worked with NYU, Culture Project, Town Hall, Aquila Theatre and Soho20 Gallery.
ZACHARY ELKIND (ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR)
Zachary Elkind is a director based in New York City. Selected directing: Joan of Arc by William Shakespeare (Under St. Marks), His Dark Materials(Acting Manitou), Macbeth (NYU/
CAROLINE GROGAN (DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT)
Caroline Grogan is a NY based actor and teaching artist. Her theater credits includ: Bedlam’s The Crucible (Boston & NY), Mona Mansour’s Beginning Days of True Jubilation directed by Scott Illingworth, Chuck Mee’s Jesus (13th Street Rep), and Polaroid Stories (Tisch Stage Works). Caroline is also a puppeteer for Puppetsburg, the Development Director and teaching artist for the arts nonprofit, Zara Aina, and a founding ensemble member of Society Theatre. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. http://www.caroline-grogan.com
ESTHER WILLIAMSON (RESIDENT TEACHING ARTIST)
Esther Williamson is Bedlam’s Resident Teaching Artist. She has worked all over the country as an actor, musician, and teaching artist with such companies as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ford’s Theater, Alchemical Theatre of Wilmington NC, Happenstance Theater, Opera House Arts in Maine, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and many others. Esther is a company member at Taffety Punk Theatre Company in Washington, DC and has performed over half of Shakespeare’s canon with the Punks and their all-female sister company, the Riot Grrrls. She has taught for most of the companies listed above, as well as for The Shakespeare Theatre Company and Seattle Pacific University. Esther earned her MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting.
JENNY LESTER (LITERARY MANAGER)
Jenny Lester is an actor, director, and writer currently based in NYC. For two years she served as Writer’s Assistant to Steven Sater (Broadway’s Spring Awakening). Jenny is the co-founder of Shallow Graves, a film and theatre production company with which she wrote, produced, and starred in the feature film, What She Said. Favorite theater credits include; Bad Jews (American Stage – Best of the Bay & Theatre Tampa Bay Award Winner), Mary in Ms. Bennet: Christmas at Pemberely (American Stage), and readings of Hester Street and The Magiker (with Bryan Cranston). With Bedlam; La Ronde (workshop) and ASM for the New York production of Pygmalion. Jenny also works as a producer, ghost writer, social media manager, editor, assistant, audition coach, nanny, and now literary manager. More at www.jennyluisalester.com.
POLK & CO (PRESS AGENT)
Polk & Co., led by Matt Polk, represents a variety of current and upcoming Broadway and Off-Broadway favorites including Wicked, the Tony Award winning revival of The Color Purple, Amelie, An Act of God, Anastasia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Cherry Orchard, Come From Away, Holiday Inn, In Transit, The Layover, Love, Love, Love and The Price. Polk & Co. has also contributed to the press campaigns for various movie and television theatrical events including Grease LIVE!, Into The Woods, Florence Foster Jenkins, Indignation, Genius, the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show, and musical feature film La La Land. Additional clients include Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theater, Warner Bros Theatre Ventures, Birdland Jazz Club, Alvin Ailey, Riverdance 20th Anniversary North American Tour, Broadway Records, production and set designer Derek McLane and Emmy® nominated actor and producer John Stamos.
Charles Schader – Chair
Eric Tucker – President
Alan Altschuler – Treasurer
Amy Greer – Secretary