The Motor Company is devoted to creating and producing theater that is accessible and community-oriented. Our mission is to heighten our relationship to our city and surroundings by using public spaces as the impetus for story-telling and theatrical events. Annual programs include Intimate Bar Plays, a series of overlapping pieces written for the dark corners of an East Village bar, and Communal Spaces festival of plays written for and performed in specific community gardens in Manhattan and Brooklyn. New events currently in development include Subway Series, a performance interlocking plays created for specific lines and stations along a Queens-Manhattan-Brooklyn commute.
Lillian Meredith (Artistic Director) was born and bred on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and currently resides in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. As a director, performer, and writer, her work has been seen around the city and across the country, including ANT Fest at Ars Nova, IRT, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Columbia University, FURY Factory of Ensemble Theater, and Dixon Place, among many others. She has trained with the Old Vic/New Voices program, Mary Overlie, BADA, LAMDA, and Powerhouse Apprentice Company, and is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and the Clubbed Thumb Early Career Directors Fellowship. Proud alumna: Vassar College, National Theater Institute. MFA Brooklyn College (expected 2019).
Jessica Schmidt is a Brooklyn based theater producer and arts marketer. She is the Producing Director of The Motor Company after co-producing the 2017 Communal Spaces series. She’s also the Executive Producer at Built for Collapse and Marketing Associate at 59E59 Theaters. Jessica has worked on productions at New Ohio Theatre, IRT Theater, HERE, Dixon Place, BRIC, COIL Festival, and Columbia University. Upcoming projects include Intimate Bar Plays (The Motor Company); Danger Signals at New Ohio Theatre and Red Wednesday at Mabou Mines (Built for Collapse).
The Motor Company is a proud contributor to and is partially funded by The LIT Fund. http://www.litfund.org