New York, New York
Age: 51 at time of award
Published July 1, 1995
Elizabeth LeCompte is best known for her work with the New York City-based experimental theater company, the Wooster Group, of which she is a founding member and the artistic director.
Integrating media and a multiplicity of other texts into the theatrical environment, LeCompte constantly experiments with form and content. She is known for deconstructing and reassembling classic text and imagery in the manner of a collage artist or filmmaker. Her highly inventive productions contain film, video, dialogue, recorded sound, and architectonic designs. Since 1975, she has conceived and constructed seventeen works for the theatre with the Wooster Group, including the trilogy, “Three Places in Rhode Island,” Route 1 & 9 (1981), Frank Dell’s The Temptation of Saint Antony (1987), Brace Up! (1991), Fish Story (1993), The Emperor Jones (1994), The Hairy Ape (1995), House/Lights (1999), and To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) (2001).
Prior to forming the Wooster Group, LeCompte was a performing member of another experimental theatre ensemble, the Performance Group (1970-1975), while also serving as assistant director to Richard Schechner. She has lectured and taught workshops at the Pratt Institute, New York University, Connecticut College, and American University.
LeCompte received a B.S. (1967) from Skidmore College.
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