ETdC Projects’ Lab supports and loves the arts, culture, and all the colors of the LGBTQ rainbow, networking with artists from all over the world. It is based in New York City and has an international, multilingual and multigenerational creative team. It gives opportunities to American artists to work with a community of international artists residing in the USA and beyond. The projects developed at ETdC Projects’ Lab have a transdisciplinary approach based on the arts, the environment, ethics and aesthetics. Its aim is to promote environmental awareness and cultural and creative integration through the performing arts, fine arts, visual arts and technology. The ETdC Projects’ Lab’s atelier formula fuses all forms of artistic expression to create dynamic, innovative and immersive spectacles in which the world and its inhabitants are the protagonists.
ETdC Projects’ Lab goal is use art as a vehicle to create a conversation beyond languages and accents, to break walls of prejudice and live on Earth with peace in our hearts.
From 2010 to 2020 ETdC Projects’ Lab achieved 34 award nominations, 14 of which became award wins. Including the FRIGID New York 2020 Excellent Experimental Award for ARTAUD MARAT, and The 11th DIMENSION which received a 2019 New York Innovative Theater Award nomination for Outstanding Performance-art Production, and won the 2018 PCTF AWARD for Outstanding Experimental Playwright, plus 3 more nominations: Outstanding Overall Production, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Costume Design.
ETdC Projects’ Lab is a pioneer in multimedia performance art onstage through Roi Escudero's creative concept: performance-art-cinema ™ (Theater-Media). It was founded by Roi Escudero, an Argentine immigrant and American citizen, in 1990, The firth project presented by ETdC was Escudero's performance-art play, The Dimension of Progress, at Peter Sellars’ Arts Festival 1990 Los Angeles California. In 1999 John Clancy and Elena Holy invited Escudero’s Parable XXI from The Bubulinos Series to be presented at Fringe NYC 1999. Since then, under the leadership of its founder, ETdC Projects' Lab, has worked tirelessly in the independent theater of New York and today it is a latent heart and creative force, that invigorates the indie theatre community.
ETdC Projects' Lab produces the interdisciplinary work of Roi Escudero as a conceptual performance artist, playwright, designer and director. It also produces the collaborative work of its resident artists, belonging to the performing arts, fine arts and visual arts. Individuals with a specific science expertise supporting the mission of ETdC Projects’ Lab are also welcome. The ETdC Projects’ Lab atelier supports a collaborative, production-based learning environment. Roi uses this original method to train and guide artists through the creative process. She works with children, the young and old, trained beginners and experts alike, believing that each voice is important and brings something new to the arts and her community.
ETdC Projects’ Lab presents site-specific installations, stage readings, workshops, exhibitions and theatrical productions, and verité and multimedia videos. Their projects are considered work in progress and are continually evolving with their resident artists, guests, and apprentices until the projects are presented as full-length productions. The projects developed in the ETdC Projects’ Lab atelier are designed to be portable and take place in festivals, theaters, educational and cultural settings and non-traditional sites. Our award-winning productions have championed ethical, cultural and social causes and supported groups such as The League of Independent Theater Fund, (The LIT Fund), The Indie Theater Fund, PS183, the Salk School School of Science and Children’s Aid Society.
ART and EDUCATION
ETdC Projects’ Lab collaborates with other arts organizations and educational institutions that have partnering residencies with teaching artists. The Lab produces creative educational events and workshops of self-expression for teachers and multigenerational students. The projects are bilingual and can be developed, instructed and presented in English/Spanish. ETdC Projects’ Lab is particularly flexible and resourceful in adapting Roi’s method to the needs of partnering organizations and institutions. The primary focus is always to develop the talent and interest of participants and to support the community’s involvement in that effort. Currently Roi and the artists in residence at ETdC Projects’ Lab also freelance for cultural and educational institutions.
For ten years Roi was an artist-in-residence at The Children’s Aid Society at The Philip Coltoff Greenwich Village Center, where Roi taught self-expression and Spanish through performance-art and multimedia. She is also the creator of an art program for schools: Performance-art in the classroom, and the ECO-Friendly multimedia project: For The Well Being of the Earth, which was created with the collaboration of artist Olivia Beens, at PS 183 and the international renowned Animal rights activist Dr. William Karesh, guest artists and apprentices.
SPECIAL THANKS to our SPONSORS
ETdC Projects’ Lab wants to thank Patron of The Arts Joan and Frederick M. Nicholas, founder and former Chairman of the Board of The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles, CA, for their unconditional support and encouragement to Roi Escudero performance-art work, and the work produced at ETdC Projects’ Lab. More gratitude also to The Ray and Wyn Ritchie Evans Foundation for its generosity, NET/TEN Network of Ensemble Theaters, The Puffin Foundation, Jette and Steve Wobido former Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society at the Philip Coltoff Center, The Indie Theater Fund for its grants Pay the Artist and Leadership Grants and the LIT Rehearsal Space Program Grant at The Times Center, New York City.
the New York City Artist Corps Grant. Partnered with New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), and with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME).
Through the loss of spaces and other difficulties in New York City, ETdC Projects’ Lab has thanks to the generosity of others, and its capable leadership under Roi Escudero and her collaborators, continuously created powerful and relevant theater with so little.
Covid 19: ETdC Projects received through The Indie Theater Fund: a Rapid Relief Emergency Grant and a Cultural Solidarity Fund Grant. Thank you so much for your generosity!
We extend our gratitude to all the past and present Artists in residence at ETdC Projects’ Lab and its Studio Associated Artists for their talent and dedication during the creative process.
Roi Escudero and ETdC Projects’ Lab are proud members of The Indie Theater Fund and The LIT Fund, League of Independent Theater. Roi is also a member of SADAIC, Argentina. The artist's work is under the umbrella of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.
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