Colt Coeur is a Brooklyn-based theater company founded in 2010.
We embrace the infinite theatrical potential of intimate live performance. We contemplate questions that inspire us and devise theater pieces which respond to and engage with the world in which we live. We address the ambivalence, terror and exhilaration of our age on the scale of person-to-person through theater that utilizes a simplicity of means to achieve richness of expression. Our original, story-driven, visceral theater straddles the line between mainstream and experimental, elevates design while valuing strong storytelling, and pulls you close and doesn’t let go. We strive to create great happenings in small rooms, theater as close as a whisper in your ear or a stranger’s hand brushing yours. Intimacy is our way in.
Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt leads a 16-member ensemble of actors, playwrights and designers to nurture the next generation of theater artists through the development and production of new plays and by providing arts education to students from underserved NYC public schools. Over 7 years, Colt Coeur has produced 8 world premieres; developed 32 plays; and provided free arts education for over 100 students. All 8 of Colt Coeur’s world premieres explored themes of resonance to our times while ranging in subject matter from teen pregnancy, to postpartum depression and the struggle to make ends meet for a working-class family, to the underlying appetite for new frontiers that is manifest in applicants looking to travel on a one-way mission to Mars.
All 8 world premieres received rave reviews and have gone on to future productions around the country and abroad. Steven Levenson’s SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN was selected by Ars Nova for ANTFEST and subsequently transferred to the Emerging America Festival in Boston before running for 3 weeks at HERE. Lucas Kavner’s FISH EYE ran for 3 weeks at HERE and was included in NY Magazine’s “Best of 2011″ list. Eliza Clark’s RECALL had a 4-week run at the Wild Project and also received rave reviews. Nikole Beckwith’s satire EVERYTHING IS OURS ran for 4 weeks in 2013 at HERE and extended due to demand. Ruby Spiegel’s DRY LAND made NYPost’s Top 10 of 2014 list and was recently published in American Theater magazine (along with photographs from our production). MJ Kaufman’s HOW TO LIVE ON EARTH enjoyed a 4-week run in the fall of 2015 and was featured on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donell. 2016 was Colt Coeur’s fullest season to date – the company produced two world premiere. With Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, CAL IN CAMO was celebrated by Ben Brantley in the New York Times as a “mystical cocktail of a play” and extended due to demand. Ana Nogueira’s play Empathitrax premiered at HERE in September and was celebrated for its universality, bravery and heart. Nearly all of these plays have also been published and will receive future productions around the US and abroad.
Our primary arena for developing new work is held 4 times/year. Workshops last 4-10 days, culminating in a free public presentation. Dialogue between artists and audience are held after each presentation. Past writers included Chiara Atik, Clare Barron, Lindsey Ferrentino, Laura Jacmin, Rehana Lew Mirza, Ana Nogueira, Amelia Roper and Cate Yu. Our annual Parity Plays Festival takes place each fall and celebrates the work of female and trans playwrights and directors.
Company members serve as the Teaching Artists for this free annual play-making intensive which we offer NYC public school students ages 11-15 during the NYC public school Spring break. Student alums of the program return as paid Student Leaders and professional actors and playwrights serve as our Teaching Artists.
Who We Are
Board of Directors:
Erica Rotstein, Chair
Nathan Musgrove, Treasurer
Amy Groeschel, Secretary
Adrienne Campbell-Holt, ex-officio