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 Participants creating a tableaux inspired by small group conversations.

On Tuesday, May 21, The Anthropologists organized an Emergency Response Session in reaction to the abortion bans passed in Alabama and Missouri. Thanks to the generosity of Robin Sokoloff and Town...

We are proud that our creative process for This Sinking Island embodied the values of being low-impact with a small carbon footprint. At every step of the way, we challenged ourselves to create the visual world of the show from as many reused and repurposed materials a...

Since first starting to make devised and collaboratively created theatre in 2008, design elements have always been in the room, whether they are fabrics to play with (my personal fave) or evocative pieces of music and early sound design. Often, we have begun a devising...

November 28, 2017

This Giving Tuesday, we're paying it forward! Inspired by our research for recent plays, we're volunteering for and donating to important non-profits around the city and beyond, thanking them for the work they do. Here's all the top picks of our company members!


One month ago, at our first rehearsal for The Anthropologists Save The World!, we asked the entire company to join us on a personal mission, alongside creating the full production of a new show for Ice Factory 2017.  The impetus behind this collection of short plays is...

May 11, 2017


Affirm the function, explore the practice, and promote the profession of dramaturgy.

This is how LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas) describes advocacy and I have made this my mantra as I continue to challenge myself throughout my career....

April 22, 2017

Here's a roughly accurate version of a conversation I had last night:  

FRIEND: So, what are you working on? Anything new?

ME: Yes! My company is in the early stages of devising a new play.  It's called This Sinking Island.

FRIEND: Cool.  What's it about?

ME: Sea leve...

March 16, 2017

On Sunday, March 12, we broke ground on our newest play, This Sinking Island.  This play expands our current body of investigative devised work to include thrilling live theatre for young audiences. We want the work to speak to family audiences as well as challenge our...

February 22, 2017

Working without a dedicated physical space is not so unusual in New York City, but it does cause us to question the nature of home and what that means for an itinerant theatre company. Here's what home means for us.

We’re a home for art that inspires action. We provide...

October 14, 2016

The Anthropologists stands in unequivocal support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Over the past year, as we have been developing our new play No Man’s Land, we have been confronted again and again by police violence against black people. These events opened our ey...

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