As a theatre maker, my work revolves around mythology, scientific breakthroughs and historical turning points. These are, arguably, some of the biggest stories that we have to tell and my interest is to explore them using different scales – honoring their largeness and investigating their intimacies. The theatre pieces that I create are often ensemble driven and movement based, incorporating the unity of a chorus and the delicacy of found object puppetry as often as possible. Finding the narrative in non-narrative text is a large component of my process and I often work with performers to translate and adapt non-dramatic text (academic research, poetry, characters created for a medium other than theatre) for performance.
As a director, I am drawn to works that are theme driven with a healthy dose of spectacle and that take risks with language. My work with new plays focuses on finding the inherent physical vocabulary of the story and my work with established scripts involves finding the mythological, historical and scientific elements in the text itself.
A. G. Levy is a theatre-maker and educator who works with mythology, historical turning points, and scientific breakthroughs. Current projects include TREE ARMY: The CCC Project, The Higgs Boson Project, and An Inconvenient Poop. Recent credits include City Center, Dixon Place, HERE, Theatre at the Tank, and The Green Building. Levy is a founding member of World Wide Lab, an international theater laboratory, in residency at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn (2012 & 2013) and Teatro Due in Rome (2014), the Syros Institute on the Greek Island of Syros (2015), 435 Art Zone in Taipai, Taiwan (2016) and The Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, Canada (2017). Levy has received a FAIR assistantship at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, and was a 2010 LMCC Uptown/Downtown Artist. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, an associate member of SDC, and is the co-founder of the literary series SWEET! Actors Reading Writers.
Levy has over 15 years of experience in the classroom, as a theatre teaching artist, teaching coach, professional development facilitator, and curriculum designer working with students from kindergarten through college, including special education (emotionally disturbed and autistic populations). She is strongly committed to working with students of all ages in formal and informal education settings, creating classroom experiences that can be accessible to students at different levels of comfort and proficiency in sharing their voices through the medium of theater.
She earned her BA at Columbia University, her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, and her MA in cognitive studies in education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where her research focused on the integration of theatre and STEM subjects with college-aged populations.
She is the Artistic Director of Emerson Stage at Emerson College.