Mabou Mines’ new performance program SUITE/Space provides artistic mentorship, development/rehearsal space, and opportunities for public performances in our new 99-seat theater to geographically and ethnically diverse artists from historically underrepresented communities and who share Mabou Mines’ commitment to breaking new ground in form and content.


For the inaugural year 2017-18, SUITE/Space artists are nominated by curators. For 2018-19 and beyond, the SUITE/Space artists will be selected through nominations and a public RFP process.

The curatorial team includes Mabou Mines Co-Artistic Director Karen Kandel, Mabou Mines Associate Artist David Neumann, and Playwright and former Mabou Mines’ Resident Artist Carl Hancock Rux.

Karen Kandel, a Queens native, is a performer with more than 30 years of experience in experimental theater. She has been awarded OBIE awards for her performances in Mabou Mines’ Lear, Peter & Wendy, and TALK by Carl Hancock Rux. Karen is also a writer and visual artist. She continues to study the traditional art forms of Japan including: Noh, Gidayu (storytelling for bunraku puppet theatre).

David Neumann, son of the late Mabou Mines’ artists Director Fred Neumann and Honora Fergusson, is a performer/choreographer and artistic director of Advanced Beginner Group, creating multi-disciplinary dances or “Dance Theater” from scratch, bringing to gesture, word and proximity a delighted embrace of our contradictory lives. His work has been performed in New York City at: The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, PS122, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Whitney Museum & Danspace. Regionally at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Mass MoCA; The Walker Arts Center and many other venues. He is currently a Professor of Theater at Sarah Lawrence College.

Carl Hancock Rux, a Bronx native, is an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, essayist and recording artist. He has recorded four CD’s and is the author of several publications. Rux’s essay “The New White Negro” was selected for Best American Music Writing 2004. He is also a frequent collaborator with several artists in the fields of dance, theater, film, and contemporary art.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and by the New York Community Trust from the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund for the Arts.