Mabou Mines Artistic Directors Lee Breuer, Sharon Fogarty, Karen Kandel and Terry O’Reilly welcome Carl Hancock Rux to join Associate Artists Clove Galilee, Maude Mitchell and David Neumann in shaping the future of the Company.
Carl Hancock Rux is an award-winning playwright, poet, novelist, essayist, performer, theater director and recording artist. He is the author of several publications including Pagan Operetta (poetry), Asphalt (novel) and the OBIE award winning play Talk. Rux has released five albums, the first being the critically acclaimed Rux Revue.
Rux has also worked as a writer and frequent guest performer in dance, collaborating with Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women, Jane Comfort & Co., Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Martha Clark. Other frequent collaborators include Carrie Mae Weems, Rhodessa Jones, Toshi Reagon, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Anne Bogart, Francesca Harper, Ifa Bayeza, Robert Wilson, Jane Comfort, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Robert K. Brown and Nona Hendryx.
Rux received a BESSIE© award for his direction of the Lisa Jones/Alva Rogers dance musical, Stained. Rux originated the title role in the folk opera production of The Temptation of St. Anthony, directed by Robert Wilson with book, libretto and music by Bernice Johnson Reagon as part of the RuhrTriennale festival in Duisburg, Germany. The opera made its American premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music/ BAM Next Wave Festival in October 2004 and official world premiere at the Paris Opera, Garnier.
His film credits include The Grand Inquisitor (as The One) directed by Tony Torn, Brooklyn Boheme (documentary) and Migrations directed by Nelson George; The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: a film About Gil Scott-Heron (documentary) among others.
Rux is the recipient of numerous awards including the Doris Duke Awards for New Works, the Doris Duke Charitable Fund, the New York Foundation for the Arts Prize, and the Alpert Award in the Arts.