Naked Angels was formed in 1986 by a group of artists intent on creating a creative home for rigorous voices. Working as a team of writers, directors, actors, producers, and designers, our founders crafted an open environment for expression, experimentation, and production. The company took its name from the John Tytell book, which referred to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and other Beats as “a generation that wanted to break out of convention and scream.” As a young group, the Naked Angels artists felt the same way; needing a place where, through the medium of theater, they could show the world a different perspective of the times. Sometimes outraged, often irreverent, occasionally absurd, and always intelligent, enthusiastic and fun, Naked Angels’ work was a spark to which audiences were quickly drawn. The Space, as their theater on 17th Street was known, soon became a vital, thriving crossroads where talented theater artists met and collaborated: the destination of choice for those seeking a truly celebratory theatrical experience.
In the mid 1990s, Naked Angels transitioned from being a company-led organization to having a single Artistic Director at the helm, leading a continuously robust population of artists on a nomadic trail throughout the city. Our creative leaders have included founding company members Tim Ransom, Geoffrey Nauffts and Pippin Parker, as well as affiliated producers Jenny Gersten, Andy Donald, and Liz Carlson.
Over the course of 30 years, Naked Angels has operated at many levels, big and small. We have helped develop work that has gone on to downtown dives, regional houses, and even Broadway. Yet at the core of it all has been an unyielding pursuit for dynamic storytelling.
Naked Angels has been anything but conventional. So long as we're serving artists with our communal spirit and helping to get the work done, that's okay by us.