Founded in 2014 by long-time friends, collaborators, and Carnegie Mellon graduates, Benjamin Viertel and Bryce Cutler, Third Space has developed and produced new works of theater, music, film, and art in New York City.
Third Space has produced The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant at the New Ohio Theatre, Fireface at The Brick, which the New York Times called, “inventive and sophisticated”; workshoped four new musicals: Grindr The Musical, Kragtar, Good Girl Gone Bad, and The Whale Play; hosted a festival of new works entitled Third Space @ Threes; held readings of five new plays; established a new play series entitled Pizza Party Plays; and produced over 20 episodes of [Blank] My Life. In the last three years, Third Space has received residencies at The Brick, HERE Arts, Abrons Arts Center, Title:Point, NTSA, and now The New Ohio. In 2017, Third Space will be producing, Kragtar at the PIT, and Grindr The Musical will go on National Tour in Italy, premiering in Milan at Teatro Elfo.
Third Space aims to investigate discomfort in all our work, inviting our audiences to celebrate our differences and question our assumptions.
Third Space aims to create performances that react to the world at large - fostering discussions of current topics in engaging an audience and community into healthy action and debate.
Third Space aims to develop work that invites audience around the country, and the world, to engage with our ideas and questions through our web content and production tours.
Third Space aims to cast and hire a diverse group of artists that mirror our society and a progressive future. As allies to minorities, women, people of color, immigrants, and societal Others, the work Third Space creates challenges conventions and is adamantly progressive.
DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER
Benjamin Viertel is a director based in NYC, born in France and raised in South Florida by German and Italian parents. His upcoming work include THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT (The New Ohio Theater), THE LAST PAGE by Sam French, and the Italian premiere of GRINDR THE MUSICAL. He directed the American premiere of Marius von Mayenburg’s FIREFACE (The Brick), Sam van Wetter’s CLIPPED (Atlantic Stage II), AVENUE Q (Bristol Valley Theater), and the award-winning webseries [BLANK] MY LIFE. Benjamin has worked with BAM, Roundabout Theater, Huntington Theater, The New Group, and The Civilians. Benjamin is a member of the Kennedy Center Director’s Lab, a Manhattan Theater Club's Directing Fellow, and a Resident Artist at The Brick and Abrons Arts Center. He is the former Artistic Manager at The National Theatre for Student Artists and the co-founder and current Artistic Director of Third Space. Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
DESIGNER AND CO-FOUNDER
Bryce Cutler is a scenic and media designer based out of New York City. His work has been seen at The Guthrie Theater, New York Stage and Film, The Folger Shakespeare Library, HERE Arts, Arts@Renaissance and has designed world premieres by John Patrick Shanley, Dael Orlandersmith, Matt AuCoin and Grammy Award Winner Steven Mackey. He is the recipient of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology’s 2017 Rising Star Award, the Lloyd Weinger Award for Stage Design and his design for The Lady In Red... was selected for international exhibition at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. His work has also been published in the Contemporary Performance Almanac. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the Andrew Carnegie Society and United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829. www.brycecutler.com
Lio Sigerson is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University. She is a proud to be a part of Third Space, working to develop vital art for an at-risk world. Previously she has worked with Outside the Wire/Theater of War as production coordinator and The New Group as assistant to artistic director Scott Elliott. She has also worked with The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, National Theatre for Student Artists, Signature Theatre Company, Ridge Theater Company, the Incubator Arts Project, and the NYC Fringe Festival. She holds a B.F.A. in Directing with a minor in Gender Studies from Carnegie Mellon University.
DIRECTOR AND ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Sam French is a Brooklyn-based writer and director. Previous work has been seen at FringeNYC, the Habitat Theater, Tiny Rhino, the National Theatre for Student Artists, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Third Space Theater, Atlantic Acting School, and Hartford Stage. He has assisted at Vineyard Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Williamstown, and Hartford. Sam is a former member of the Williamstown Directing Corp and a current Robert Moss Directing Fellow at Playwrights Horizons. Upcoming: The Beatles Present “The Lord of the Rings: the Musical!” (The Brick) and assisting Anne Kauffman on A Life by Adam Bock (Playwrights Horizons). Education: BFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University. No relation to the play published beyond a mutual respect for top hats. samuel-french.com
ACTOR AND CREATOR
Alex Spieth grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Acting. She is a recipient of the Adelyne Roth Levine Memorial Award for Acting. While at CMU, she played Catherine in Suddenly, Last Summer, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals. Since moving to NYC, she has worked with the Irondale Ensemble Project (Off-Broadway), The Public Theatre's Under the Radar Festival, and TITAN Theatre Company. Alex Spieth is the creator and writer of [Blank] My Life, a webseries without a cause following her OKCupid dates and lack of love (@blankmylife). In her free time, she performs regularly with the indie improv team, The Legend of Bagger Vance.
DIRECTOR AND WRITER
Kyle Wilson is a freelance writer/director based in Brooklyn. His most recent productions include The Beatles Present "The Lord of the Rings: The Musical" and the co-book-writing and co-composition of Kragtar: A Monster Musical Comedy, with Sam French and Joe Mendick. He is currently developing Kragtar for production and writing book and lyrics for Grindr: The Musical. He has worked withseveral theater companies including The New Group, National Theatre for Student Artists, Penguin Rep, Title: Point, Island Theatre Workshop, and participated in the PEN World Voices International Play Festival. His work has been presented at The Brick, Irondale Ensemble Theater, the Silent Barn, the New York City Fringe Festival, Tiny Rhino, the Old Grange Theater on Martha's Vineyard, the Playground Festival of Independent Stuent Work, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. www.kwtheater.squarespace.com
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