The Builders Association creates theater projects which seek to fuse live performance with advanced technologies to create a world onstage which reflects our chaotic global culture. Directed by Obie Award-winner Marianne Weems, the company uses new methods to reinterpret traditional theatrical forms. Incorporated into the productions are projected text, deconstructed architectural forms, non-contextual sounds and music both newly commissioned and familiar.
To create its unique approach, the company has collaborated with a number of artists on several large-scale projects. These have included a version of Ibsen's The Master Builder which incorporated Gordon Matta-Clark's architectural experiments with split houses, Buster Keaton's films about building the American dream, Led Zeppelin's rock music and publications from the 1950s in which the idea of the home and the happy family are inextricably linked.
Another collaboration, The White Album, produced in conjunction with New York University's Experimental Theater Wing, depicted a band working on fragments of songs drawn from the eponymous Beatles album which overlaps and collides with the work in a separate studio of actors recording voiceovers for a televised version of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.
The Builders Association has also created installations for both the Clocktower Gallery and the Storefront for Art and Architecture. It presents an annual home season in New York and tours extensively to theaters and festivals worldwide.