Mabou Mines is Thrilled to Announce
as the Company’s new team of Co-Artistic Directors


While our stages may be dark, we have big plans for the future…
Carl Hancock Rux and Mallory Catlett join Karen Kandel and Sharon Ann Fogarty as Co-Artistic Directors of Mabou Mines. Founding member Lee Breuer and long-time Co-Artistic Director Terry O’Reilly will step into new roles as Artistic Advisors. Rux, Catlett, Kandel and Fogarty carry on leadership of the Company to create a vibrant, collaborative hub for diverse artists.

Carl and Mallory both have a rich history of collaboration with the company. After serving as a Resident Artist, Carl became an Associate Artist in 2018 and has served as an Advisor for Mabou Mines SUITE/Space Performance Program for artists of color. Mallory is currently collaborating with Karen Kandel and Eve Beglarian on the new work Vicksburg Project and brought her OBIE Winning piece, This Was The End, developed in the Resident Artist Program, to Mabou Mines in 2018. She will serve as mentor for the long-running Resident Artist Program for Emerging Artists.


KAREN KANDEL first worked with Mabou Mines on the gender-reversed adaptation Lear. She describes her early work with the Company as truly transformative, during which she “became acutely aware of what it means to be a full creative participant.” Karen is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including three OBIEs, Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Drama League Outstanding Performance Citation, United States Artists, Ziporyn Fellowship, TCG Fox Fellowship and Asian Cultural Council Fellowship. Karen became a Co-Artistic Director at Mabou Mines in 2015.
MALLORY CATLETT is a creator/director of performance across disciplines; from opera and music theater to plays and installation art. Her work has premiered/performed in New York at EMPAC, 3LD, HERE, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, PS122, Abrons Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory, has been featured at the Ice Factory, COIL and BAM’s Next Wave Festival and toured internationally to Canada, Ireland, UK, France, the Netherlands and Australia. She is the recipient of the Foundation for the Contemporary Arts 2015 Grants to Artists Award and a 2016 Creative Capital Grantee. She is an associate artist at CultureHub, a member of the
Collapsable Hole and the artistic director of Restless Productions NYC.
CARL HANCOCK RUX is an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, essayist and recording artist. He is the author of the novel, Asphalt, the OBIE Award-winning play, Talk (co-produced by the Foundry Theater/Joseph Papp Public Theater) and the Village Voice Literary prize-winning collection of poetry, Pagan Operetta. Rux is a frequent guest performer in dance, and performance collaborating with Carrie Mae Weems, Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater, Nona Hendryx, Urban Bush Women, Robert Moses Kin, Jane Comfort & Co., Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ann Bogart, Nick Cave, and originated the title role in the Bernice Johnson Reagon opera, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, directed by Robert Wilson, which had its world premiere at the Paris Opera Garnier and US premiere at BAM. Rux has worked with numerous institutions as a performer and/or curator at The Whitney Museum, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, Harlem Stage, Threadwaxing Space, The Knitting Factory, among others, and is the recipient of several awards including a BESSIE award for his direction of the Lisa Jones/Alva Rogers dance musical, Stained; a New York Press Club Journalism award for his NPR radio documentary Walt Whitman: Song of Myself;  a Herb Alpert Award and a 2019 Global Change Maker Fellow. 

SHARON ANN FOGARTY has been a Co-Artistic Director with Mabou Mines since 1999. As a producer she helped launch most of Mabou Mines’ work since 1994, including award-winning productions such as Belén – A Book of Hours and Song for New York, directed by Ruth Maleczech, and An Epidog, Ecco Porco, Red Beads, and Mabou Mine DollHouse, directed by Lee Breuer. As a director with Mabou Mines, Sharon premiered Cara Lucia, Lucia’s Chapters of Coming Forth by Day, Finn and Faust 2.0 .

The Company has been sustained by the principals of collaboration with a wide network of artists, and the future will be no different. The 50th anniversary is an opportunity to imagine an expansive future for Mabou Mines in our newly renovated home at the 122CC.
Central to Mabou Mines mission has always been nurturing and mentoring the next generation of innovative theatre artists. Carl and Mallory are both former resident artists of the company. It is integral to our vision for the future to bring new voices to the stage, and these artists are up to the challenge of not only creating and producing their own projects but strengthening Mabou Mines residencies and fellowships to elevate the company’s unparalleled intergenerational mentorship model.

Help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary by supporting a new generation of artists. Please donate to the company and its future!

With love,
Mabou Mines


Mabou Mines is an artist driven intergenerational artist collective whose performance pieces subvert social, cultural and disciplinary constructs. Mabou Mines is a collaborative hub for diverse, avant-garde theater artists. Our mission is to generate, support, and connect audiences with original works of experimental performance and inventive re-imaginings of the classics, while nurturing the next generations of innovative theater artists. Mabou Mines’ creative vision is informed by the ethos of our co-founders: JoAnne Akalaitis, Lee Breuer, Philip Glass, Ruth Maleczech, and David Warrilow. Fifty years later, the company remains committed to collaboration and providing a platform for work that interrogates, innovates, and represents a multiplicity of identities and experiences.


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