Under Construction Series: Andrew Ondrejcak


Writer/director/designer Andrew Ondrejcak continues work on ELIJAH GREEN, his adaptation of August Strindberg’s A Dream Play, which follows the journey of a divine spirit as it wanders on earth, delving into the contemporary tedium of the everyday human. For Under Construction, Ondrejcak will open his studio to show his work in progress, including large-scale drawings and prototypes of the scenery and costume elements.

Born and raised in Mississippi, Andrew studied architecture and painting at Savannah College of Art and Design then playwriting at Brooklyn College. While making experimental theater in New York, Andrew was asked to conceptualize a fashion show; he quickly became one of New York’s most sought-after production designers in the fashion industry, known for large-scale environmental installations. He works with Vogue, Bazaar, Italian Vogue, Wallpaper*, W, V, among others. He is currently the art director for Vivienne Westwood’s upcoming retrospective.

Ondrejcak’s performances have been presented at Guggenheim Museum’s Works in Process curated by Robert Wilson, the Under The Radar Festival at The Public Theater (2014) and the upcoming BAM Next Wave Festival (2015). Outside of New York, his original performances have been produced at Holland Festival (Amsterdam), SCAD Museum of Art (Savannah), deSingel (Antwerp), and Kampnagel (Hamburg). He reperformed the work of Marina Abramovic at MoMA (2010). In 2013, Ondrejcak was Artist in Residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council on Governor’s Island.

As an arts educator, Ondrejcak taught workshops on performance and design at Domaine de Boisbuchet in Lessac, France (2013-2014) and, since 2002, has been a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Currently, Ondrejcak is Artist in Residence at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City where he is working on a new performance, Elijah Green, which will premiere at The Kitchen in March 2016, for which he received a MAP Grant and a National Theater Project grant through the New England Foundation for the Arts, generously provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In 2016, Ondrejcak will begin creating a new performance while in residence at The Watermill Center.

The Under Construction Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo: Georgia Nerheim

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