Blessed Unrest is a subversive physical theater ensemble that transforms new and classic plays into channels for unexpected alchemy, energetic discomfort, and complex articulation. Through a dedicated and diverse ensemble, international collaborations, and a rigorous training and devising process, we are fueled by the innate human desire to collaborate, the thrill of the impossible challenge, and the instinctual need to rebel. We teach our methods of physical theatre and devising to university students across the country and internationally through workshops and residencies.
We have performed at New York Theatre Workshop Next Door, Public Theater, P.S. 122, New Ohio Theatre, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Interart Theatre, NYU’s Loewe Theatre, Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco’s Exit Theatre, Emelin Theatre in Westchester, the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and on international tours in Western Europe and the Balkans. We have staged thirty-two full productions in New York (nineteen world premieres), including original devised plays, adaptations of classics, and stagings of established scripts. See our past productions here.
Yale Innovation Summit
Artistic Director, Jessica Burr was honored to be a part of the Arts & Innovation: Centering Creators in the Creative Economy panel at the annual Yale Innovation Summit which, for the very first time ever included an Arts Track, helmed by the Midnight Oil Collective. Watch excerpts from the panel below.
“What happens is that the surrounding structures get valued more than the art itself, more than the process. We are supposed to make something from nothing in about three weeks' time. If we are going to be allowed to do our job in society: to see your heart, to heal your soul, to understand the inside of the human condition, we need to be allowed process. We need time, we need resources.”