n i c k b e n a c e r r a f is a visual artist, organizer, and creative thinker, who activates social structures from each of those perspectives. His practice travels freely between the gallery and the theater, and often into the classroom and the streets. Nick is co-artistic director of The Assembly, a Brooklyn-based performance collective that develops design, text and action side-by-side, in search of a visceral and intelligent performance for a new generation. The Assembly’s HOME/SICK, a collectively-written play about the Weather Underground, ran for three sold-out runs in New York, and was a Critics’ Pick in the New York Times, prompting them to name the group “a cutting-edge young theater collective.” Nick collaborates with the Living Theatre (Here We Are, written and directed by Judith Malina), LA’s Son of Semele Ensemble (earning a 2013 LA Weekly Set Design Award for The City), and Waterwell, whose GOODBAR premiered at the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival in 2012. Recent work includes Matthew Paul Olmos’s so go the ghosts of mexico, part one (dir. Meiyin Wang) at La Mama, the installation/performance Blackbird (dir. Nathan Shreeve) at Location One Gallery, and assisting Richard Foreman on Old Fashioned Prostitutes at the Public.
Nick is working with the Brooklyn Commune as coordinator of the Labor & Value research team. Brooklyn Commune will present a crowd-sourced document that reimagines the interplay of the Performing Arts, Culture, and Economics in January 2014.
Wesleyan University: Sociology & Theater.
CalArts: Aesthetics & Politics (MA), and Scene Design (MFA).