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the american vicarious is a not-for-profit generator of creative content across disciplinary boundaries that aspires to reflect on America’s ideals and realities, and that which unites and divides its people.
The artistic work of the american vicarious does not directly portray American society at any one time, in any one way. It is specifically ambiguous, encourages a sense of timelessness and universal applicability. In this way, the american vicarious attempts to portray what it sees as the universal conflicts and currents that drive American society, and the way those conflicts and currents have produced an American society that is both messy but also founded on common ideals of justice, freedom, and citizens’ responsibility.
Christopher McElroen, Artistic Director
Christopher received a 2013 Helen Hayes Award for his direction of the world premiere stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s iconic novel Invisible Man. Following its development, which was featured nationally on NPR’s All Things Considered, the project premiered at the Court Theatre in Chicago, January 2012, and was nominated for seven Jeff Awards, Chicago’s highest theatrical honor. Invisible Man has received productions at The Huntington Theatre in Boston and The Studio Theatre in DC, where it received three 2013 Helen Hayes Awards.
Alongside visual artist Paul Chan and Creative Time, Christopher co-produced and directed Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, a yearlong community development through the arts initiative in post-Katrina New Orleans. The project began by asking residents of a wounded and divided city a simple question: “What are you waiting for?” The tremendous response of the work, which ultimately staged Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot outdoors in the Lower Ninth Ward and Gentilly communities of New Orleans, was recognized by the New York Times as one of the top ten national art events of 2007. The archives from the production have been acquired into the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and were on exhibit at MOMA May 2010 through September 2011.
Christopher had the honor of directing the world-premiere of 51st (dream) State, the final work of poet, musician and activist Sekou Sundiata. 51st (dream) State was a multimedia exploration of American empire that premiered in New York at The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival before touring internationally.
Christopher co-founded the acclaimed Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) where from 1999 – 2009 he produced 41 productions yielding 18 AUDELCO Awards, 6 OBIE Awards, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, a Drama Desk Award and CTH being named "1 of 8 theatres in America to Watch" by the Drama League.
Erica Laird, Producing Director
with The Builders Association where she oversaw all the company’s operations and produced the development, premieres and touring of HOUSE / DIVIDED, SONTAG: REBORN and ELEMENTS OF OZ.
Previously she was Marketing and Residency Manager at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston (now ArtsEmerson), and Senior Associate at NYC international booking agency Micocci Productions, where she booked tours for companies including STREB, Big Dance Theater, SITI Company and Mabou Mines. She is also Producer for Switser Knight, a Brooklyn-based media company.
Tony Micocci, Executive Director
performing arts center director, tour booking agent and producer of plays, festivals and tours. Highlights have included service as General Manager of the Flynn Theater in Burlington, VT, followed by President and Executive Director of New York’s City Center Theater; co-production of various plays directed by Christopher McElroen and others; creation of festivals such as the Discover Jazz Festival in Burlington, VT, the Enjoy Japan Festival at Carnegie Hall, and a Louisiana cultural festival in Moscow, Russia; and touring representation of artists ranging from choreographer Twyla Tharp to puppeteer Basil Twist, Ireland’s Abbey Theatre, Japan’s KODO Drummers, and the French mime Marcel Marceau.
Tony’s support of the next generation of arts management leaders includes publication of a widely read textbook on the process of international touring booking and presenting, lecturing in the U.S. and abroad, directing the graduate Arts Management Program at the University of New Orleans, and curriculum development in Cambodia as a Fulbright Specialist in Arts Management.
Having spent much of his career based in New York City, and most recently seven years in New Orleans, Tony now calls Asheville, North Carolina home from which he continues to advise and consult various U.S. and international clients. Tony holds a BA from Bennington College, an MBA from Columbia University and is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute in New York City.