Movement & Dance Theater

Center For New Work in Movement and Dance Theater, M.A.D.

The Harold Clurman Center for New Works in Movement and Dance Theatre (MAD) creates and performs new dance and movement theatre work. The Board of Advisors for MAD is comprised of Mimi Garrard, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Margie Gillis, Alexandra Wells, Yoshi Oida, and Bill T. Jones. MAD gives space grants and administrative or artistic support to established, emerging and student choreographers and theater makers.

The mission of MAD is to create vital and visceral performance work that responds to our world and has meaning for our lives. These movement based works do not deny language, but rather, consider physical work to be the essential language of the play. Such physical theatre and dance theatre works will be created and performed by faculty members, guest artists, and graduates of the professional training program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. MAD also expands the horizons of the student body, and adds to the students’ cultural education, by introducing them to new forms of creativity.


MAD Theatre
MAD Theatre enables the creation of new work by established choreographers.

MAD AIR stands for Movement and Dance Theatre Artist In Residence. This is a space grant which fosters new work of emerging artists who need support. The studio provides artists with rehearsal space and time, a black box theater for performance and a production team to support the realization of new work. This is a reciprocal endeavor where the invited artist and student audiences will be able to experience each other’s creativity.

Student Organized Movement and Dance Theatre (SO MAD) provides space grants and some artistic consultation to college age students interested in making new work.

“The space grant we received for SOMAD during the summer of 2007 was essential in that it allowed us to revise and further our own work. The combination of the Adler faculty’s encouragement along with the opportunity to perform the piece again inspired us to create new work this year as a company.”
Danielle, student and SO MAD artist

Please direct all inquiries to MAD Artistic Director Joan Evans at joan(at)stellaadler(dot)com