The Secret City is an Obie-Award winning performance ritual combining art, food, music, storytelling, meditation, singing, performance and community interaction in a joyful event that is part tent revival, part cabaret, part ceremony. With events monthly in New York, quarterly in LA, and annually in Woodstock, we're creating an ever-growing community of artists and art believers connected by the creative spirit.
Poetic Theater Productions seeks to define the modern genre of “poetic theater” by connecting and fostering a community of artists who are passionately creating relevant and accessible work and reinvigorating a conscious theater of language. Poetic Theater Productions offers resources and opportunities for poets, playwrights, and theater artists to create new work and see it through to production via educational workshops, developmental readings and performance. PTP seeks out and creates opportunities to connect with communities affected by the issues of topic within our productions, in NYC and nationwide, through collaborative projects and exchanges of art and ideas.
In 2015, The Secret Opera commissioned a new one-actor production of A Christmas Carol, directed and performed by Annie Rutherford Lutz, and was additionally performed by the company's producers. Smugbug was brought on to provide artistic direction for the project.
The Secret Opera is an innovative and vibrant company committed to new socially relevant readings of classic and new vocal works. Providing opportunities for emerging singers, conductors, directors, dancers, orchestra musicians, designers, and visual artists, The Secret Opera encourages multidisciplinary performances that unite artistic excellence with musical and literary analysis of traditional and contemporary compositions. Our mission is to utilize opera as a means to promote and inspire positive change in the community.
In 2014, Smugbug Productions supported Foster Entertainment's presentation of Neil Gaiman's The Truth Is A Cave in the Black Mountains at Carnegie Hall. The production featured the short story written and performed by Neil Gaiman, with projected artwork by Eddie Campbell and music written and performed by Fourplay.
Foster Entertainment serves artists whose work excites us. We’re passionate about pop culture as live performance. We produce theatre on Broadway and Off and present concerts at venues like Carnegie Hall in New York, and in cities throughout the US and Australia. Our signature is mashing together genres, artists and venues in new ways–hybrids that combine music, theatre and comedy. We help artists work in ways they usually can’t, like Rufus Wainwright’s Judy Garland concerts, that most people dismissed–until it was a hit.
From October 13th to the 27th, 2014, HENRI premiered at the Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. HENRI, featuring a cast of actors ranging from age 8 to 80, follows the life of a musician from childhood to old age. Sprat Artistic Ensemble, in collaboration with the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, presented Henri, an intimate theatre experience about the beauty and complexity of Alzheimer’s and aging. Henri featured a cast ranging in age from 8 to 80. United, they create a composition of moments, feelings, and images from the title character’s life.Thanks to a grant from Nevada Humanities, talk backs with leaders in Alzheimer’s research and treatment followed each performance.
Sprat Artistic Ensemble is a multi-generational ensemble under the artistic direction of Ryan Elisabeth Reid that uses interdisciplinary artistic approaches and community partnerships to tell the stories of those who have been marginalized.
In 2014, Smugbug served as the producing consultant in New York for The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. The site-specific production would eventually go on to find a home at The McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More. The National Theatre of Scotland was established in 2006 and has created over 200 productions. Being a theatre without walls and building-free, the Company presents a wide variety of work that ranges from large-scale productions to projects tailored to the smallest performing spaces. In addition to conventional theatres, the Company has performed in airports, schools, tower blocks, community halls, ferries and forests.