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about

Source Material is an evolving nomadic group of artists carrying diverse backgrounds and lineages in artistic practice. Founded in 2014 by Artistic Director Samantha Shay, Source Material began as a container for her desire to broaden the aesthetic horizons of performance. Ranging from classical to devised theatre, from ancient vocal traditions to contemporary electronic music, Source Material is an ever-evolving constellation of adventurous and thoughtful creators from many corners of the world.

Source Material’s theatre work is anchored in reverence for the classical canon, often adapting literature based performances with highly original staging. The work has been described as visually stunning, musically driven, physical, ritualistic, and interdisciplinary. From composers developing their craft in the lively Icelandic music scene, to the more classical training of England and the US, all the way to Eastern Europe, the company reflects a wide range of aesthetic diversity, and revels in the space between transgressive staging of classical works, generating new material of uncharted territory.

The company is based between the US (New York and Los Angeles) and Iceland (Reykjavik).

Samantha Shay, Artistic Director & Stephanie Regina, Managing Director

Past performances:

August 2019, A Thousand Tongues, RedCat NOW Festival, Los Angeles, CA

May 2019, I Should Have a Party for all the Thoughts I Didn’t Say, San Francisco International Arts Festival

April 2019, King Lear, Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA

August 2018, House of the Living, CoHo Theatre Lab, Portland, Oregon

July 2018, Monument, LungA Arts Festival, Seydisfjordur, Iceland

November 2017, Monument in Concert, Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland

September 2017, A Thousand Tongues, Tjarnarbio, Iceland

July 2017, Monument in Concert, LungA Arts Festival, Seydisfjordur, Iceland

July 2016, of Light, Tjarnarbio, Reykjavik, Iceland

February 2016, I Should Have a Party for all the Thoughts I Didn’t Say, The Old Church, Portland, Oregon

January 2016, A Thousand Tongues, Fertile Ground Festival, Portland, Oregon

June 2014, Into The Fog, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Los Angeles, CA