ArKtype is recognized as among the world’s leading supporters of new, experimental work. Established in 2005 by producer Thomas O. Kriegsmann to support the finest in emerging and established artists based in NYC and worldwide, we support risk in live performance – creating an ever-shifting mechanism for the fulfillment of artists’ visions for new work, international collaboration, production and touring. The company has grown to encompass renowned artists from twenty-five different countries at any given time, limitless genres and commercial and non-profit support structures for a variety of spaces. Realizing the infrastructural demands of the artist in an environment of limited funding and financial support for creative endeavors, ArKtype aims to balance infrastructural support with creative growth, allowing the artist a long-term relationship with a producing entity based on establishing the artist’s continued presence in the national and international regional theater, festival and arts presenter communities.
The company’s past work in the U.S. and abroad includes projects with Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, University Musical Society, Market Theatre – Johannesburg, Hartford Stage Company, Barbican Centre, Malthouse Theatre – Melbourne, Noorderzon Festival, Performance Space 122, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum, Apollo Theater, NYU/Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Bouffes du Nord, The Public Theater, ArtsEmerson and The Kitchen, among many others. Mr. Kriegsmann’s acclaimed work as producer has been seen worldwide, proudly beginning his work in the production and development of emerging ensembles. His work includes projects with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Brook, Anna Deavere Smith, Yael Farber, Daniel Fish, Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar, Dmitry Krymov, Ohad Naharin, Lisa Peterson, Victoria Thierree-Chaplin, Julie Taymor, Tony Taccone, to name a few. His work as curating producer includes three seasons as Director of Programs at New York Live Arts, including the unprecedented festival Live Ideas: MENA/Future – Cultural Transformations in the Middle East North Africa Region, and an additional three seasons producing the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, FL, as well as curating live events for three seasons at South Street Seaport’s Spiegelworld and producing the Fresh Terrain Festival of Performance Theater in Austin, TX, which later became the Under the Radar Festival. Recent premieres include Bryce Dessner’s TRIPTYCH (EYES OF ONE ONE ANOTHER), Kaneza Schaal & Christopher Myers’ CARTOGRAPHY, Nora Chipaumire’s #PUNK100%POP*NIGGA, Sam Green & Kronos Quartet’s A THOUSAND THOUGHTS, Big Dance Theater / Mikhail Baryshnikov’s MAN IN A CASE, Jessica Black & Erik Jensen’s HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC, Byron Au Yong & Aaron Jafferis’ TRIGGER in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre, the U.S. premiere of Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Theater’s NOT BY BREAD ALONE, Andrew Ondrejcak & Shara Worden’s YOU US WE ALL (BAM Next Wave Festival), The Freedom Theatre’s THE SIEGE, and Peter Sellars & Regg Roc’s FLEXN. Additional recent collaborations include 600 HIGHWAYMEN (Brooklyn), Bryce Dessner (New York, Paris), Rude Mechs (Austin, TX), Big Dance Theater (New York), Byron Au Yong & Aaron Jafferis (Settle/New Haven), John Cameron Mitchell (New York), CHRISTEENE, Soho Rep. (New York), Brent Green (Cassona, PA), Kaneza Schaal & Christopher Myers (Brooklyn), Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen (Brooklyn), Sam Green (Brooklyn), Compagnia T.P.O. (Italy), Nora Chipaumire (Zimbabwe/New York), Toshi Reagon (Brooklyn), and Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra (Brooklyn). Upcoming premieres include 600 HIGHWAYMEN’s MANMADE EARTH, Scott Shepherd’s THIS IGNORANT PRESENT, nora chipaumire’s THE QUEEN V. NEHANDA, and more to be announced.