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September 5, 2019 58 min

Noel Allain started out as an actor... once playing a "large dwarf" as part of Richard Foreman's ensemble. After attending Skidmore, and meeting his now, long-time collaborators - he would go on to become a founding member and Artistic Director of the Bushwick Starr.

Noel and Rachel talk about his early years in New York City, how he ended up at Juilliard, and how the Bushwick Starr has grown over the past decade from DIY performance space to a leading institution for the theater vanguard. They discuss the artists he's been drawn to over the years, and the role of allies in leadership positions in the art making world.

The Bushwick Starr 2019-2020 season kicks off on September 4th. For more info about their upcoming season visit

Opening music by: David Hilowitz
Edited by: Phillip Osterday

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