Ellen Stewart

American theater director and producer

Ellen Stewart (November 7, 1919January 13, 2011, place of birth is either Chicago, Illinois or Alexandria, Louisiana), better known as La MaMa, was an American theatre director, producer and Off Off Broadway Pioneer.

Theatre itself is magic, if you will allow it to be, theatre is magic.

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Quotes about Ellen StewartEdit

 
....to the playwright and all aspects of the theater.
  • Eighty percent of what is now considered the American theater originated at La MaMa.
  • We're going to do it, baby! We're going to do it, darling!' And within a week later we were doing it.
  • Her vision dreams of a world where a multiplicity of perspectives is essential and where art is a means to bring people together. I am grateful to be a part of this artistic community that she nurtured, and this season again I am energized by its tenacity, passion, bravery, and transformative work.
  • I can’t imagine La MaMa without her. There may be a place called La MaMa that somebody brings good avant-garde international theater to, but it will not be La MaMa. La MaMa is her.
    • Elizabeth Swados, American writer, composer, musician, and theatre director. Said in an article in the theater journal The Drama Review in 2006, also quoted on "The New York Times".
  • Qui celebriamo l'idea di comunità e famiglia artistica… che riunisce diverse generazioni che si incontrano… A Spoleto Ellen ha stabilito, fin da subito, un rapporto immediato con il territorio.
  • In Spoleto Ellen established an immediate relationship with the territory and here we celebrate the idea of community and artistic family that brings together several generations.
  • Ellen Stewart has been a very important figure in my life. She had so much to say about art and theater but most of all she showed me that love is the most powerful tool in life.

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Ellen Stewart on Encyclopaedia Brittanica