Founded in 2007 by a group of students at Columbia University, Aporia originally emerged out of a desire to bridge the gap between college and professional theatre. Beginning with several classic productions on Columbia’s campus, including The Real Thing, The Real Inspector Hound, and Moonlight, Aporia also formed a partnership with Cherry Lane Theatre to present Existential Acts, an evening of short plays in an off-off-Broadway venue. Turning our focus to new work, Aporia produced The Disappearance of Jonah in 2008 in Washington D.C.’s Capital Fringe Festival and in the New York International Fringe Festival.
We received praise from both the New York and D.C.-based press for our first efforts, and have since adapted our mission to specifically support the development of new voices and new visions by writers, directors, producers, and actors under 30. In the past year, Aporia has grown from a university-based group to a diverse professional company. Bare Naked Drama, presented at Cherry Lane’s Cherry Pit, featured original pieces straddling the lines between love, sex, and power and showcased the work of 3 directors, 9 writers and 15 actors under 30. In March, we kicked-off another partnership with Cherry Lane Theatre, Will Work for Art, in which company members traded a day of our sweat and labor for a day of readings in The Cherry Pit. We truly have created a home for young artists that can adapt and stretch with their passions and talents. With 11 core members and more than 20 associated artists, Aporia fills a unique niche in the New York theatre community and boasts one of the youngest audience bases in the city.