About

Mission

Flux Theatre Ensemble produces transformative theatre that explores and awakens the capacity for change. As an ensemble-artist driven company, we believe that long-term collaboration and rigorous creative development can unite artists and audiences to build a creative home in New York.

About Us

Since 2006, Flux has produced 22 productions and countless readings and developmental projects. The ensemble is made up of eleven Creative Partners composed of actors, directors, playwrights, and designers. Flux is the proud recipient of the 2011 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award, presented annually to an Off-Off-Broadway theatre company that consistently produces outstanding work. The company’s productions of Hearts Like Fists and Ajax in Iraq were chosen as “New York Times Critics’ Picks” and in 2015 Backstage named Flux one of “eight young and mighty New York theatre companies.” Over the years, Flux has received New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations for their productions of Once Upon a Bride There Was a ForestJane the Plain, Sans Merci, Hearts Like Fists, Ajax in Iraq, The Angel Eaters Trilogy, The Lesser Seductions of History and Dog Act.

Flux Theatre Ensemble is a member of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/NY, the Network of Ensemble Theaters and the League of Independent Theatres.


Flux Theatre Ensemble (a Meet the Theatre film) from Theatre Development Fund (tdf) on Vimeo.

Core Values

These values live in all aspects of our work and in every point of contact with our community.

Aesthetic Values

Flux’s aesthetic is ensemble-artist driven and evolves according to the needs of our community.

Programming

In addition to our main productions, Flux is actively dedicated to play development through Food:Soul, ForePlay, Have Another, Flux Sundays and our annual retreat.

Core Values

Updated core values as of November 20, 2019.

Collective Care: Our commitment to supporting each other extends beyond our professional collaboration. We’re dedicated to the well being and thriving of each Creative Partner, both within Flux and in our lives. This collective care extends in concentric circles to our wider communities.

Consent and Agency: Flux works toward a non-hierarchical collaboration, practicing consensus and prioritizing consent in all our process. The value of consensus is set in a healthy tension with agency, where each collaborator feels fully empowered to take risks, try new things, and experiment.

Rigor and Release: Rigor is the attention we pay to the craft of theatre, a care for both the details and the whole, the commitment to going deeper than our first impulses, and a welcoming of healthy idea conflict that leads to richer work. Yet we also know rigor can easily slip into the damaging dynamics of perfectionism. We also believe in the necessity of letting go, going fallow, slowing our thinking down, moving back and stepping away.

Aesthetic of Liberation: Flux is working toward an aesthetic of liberation, which means that every creative choice seeks to make people more free. We recognize that works about systems of oppression can often re-inscribe and replicate those systems—and we commit to finding better ways to tell those stories. An aesthetic of liberation recognizes that a script choice, a casting choice, a design choice—anything—can contribute to the work of liberation, whether that’s in a character’s journey, an artist’s process, or an audience member’s experience. This process also often leads to transformative and imaginative theatrical moments.

Joy: This core value has been with Flux since the beginning. Where joy exists, all things are possible. Where there is joy there is also freedom, creativity, safety, openness, pleasure, magic, electricity, goose bumps, smiles, warm fuzzies, long hugs, and open hearts. Joy is not just a feeling, it’s an act: an act that Flux is committed to creating and embracing in every word, every room, every show, and every interaction, whenever possible.

Character-Driven
Our plays are illuminated by human choices, by how people change, and through the conflict and consequences of their actions.

Structural Complexity
Our plays contain layered worlds, multiple stories and shifting perspectives that cohere into a dynamic whole.

Juxtaposition
Our plays embrace collisions of different tones, styles and genres – often within a single moment.

Transformative Staging
Our plays take a single element (e.g. an actor, prop, set piece) and use it in multiple ways, trusting the rough magic of theatre and the audience’s imagination to build layers of meaning.

Moral Ambiguity
Our plays allow contradictory forces equal presence and challenge conventional notions of absolute right.

Audience Intimacy
Our plays seek the most direct route to share the experience of the characters with the audience to inspire collective catharsis.

Full Productions

Since 2006, Flux has produced 22 productions in New York City. Read more about the productions, see photos and read reviews here.

Food:Soul

What if you’re hungry for both food and theatre? That’s where Food:Soul, Flux’s potluck play reading series, comes in. We take a play we’re passionate about developing, rehearse it, and then share it with you in an extreme staged reading over home-cooked food.

Read more about Food:Soul here

ForePlay

Sometimes, you need a warm up for the full production. With Flux’s exploratory play reading series, ForePlay, our community of artists riff on the themes of our upcoming shows through newly commissioned short plays.

More information on ForePlays will be added soon!

Have Another

Want to see the plays we’re working on at Flux Sundays? Then come Have Another with Flux! This series takes our favorite Sunday scenes and stages them at Jimmy’s #43, a great bar in the East Village.

More info on Have Another will be added soon!

Flux Sunday

It all begins with our weekly play development workshop, Flux Sundays. Every Sunday when not in production, Flux’s growing community of actors, directors, and playwrights meets to lightly stage new scenes from plays in development. Over the course of a year, Flux Sundays develops over thirty plays, and deepens our relationship with over 75 artists.

Read about our most recent sessions on our blog.

Interested in joining us? Email our Artistic Director at gus@fluxtheatre.org.

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