Movement & Dance Theater


The Harold Clurman Center for New Works in Movement and Dance Theater presents
THE ASYLUM PROJECT by Elizabeth Mozer
Studio Theater B at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting on the 2nd Floor
August 3 – 8, 2018 at 7:30pm

Thursday, August 3 at 7:30pm
Friday, August 4 at 7:30pm
Saturday, August 5 at 7:30pm
Monday, August 7 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, August 8 at 7:30pm

The Asylum Project, which focuses on the lives of patients from the now-deserted psychiatric hospital located in Binghamton, NY, explores and uplifts the narratives and voices of those who have been categorically dismissed and written-off from history.

After visiting Binghamton’s previously-termed Asylum for the Chronic Insane, locally known as “the Castle” in August 2015, Mozer began to meticulously investigate the lives of Asylum patients and unravel the hospital’s murky history. “I was awakened to the lives that lived, worked and visited the grand building and was inspired to share their voices,” she says.

The Asylum Project emerged as the product of her research on the history of the asylum, as well as other NY state asylums that operated between the years 1880 and 1980. The solo, 60-minute theatre piece showcases Mozer embodying the lived experiences and personal accounts of five characters related to the Asylum.

In the play we hear the voices of people who are often silenced or forgotten.

Center For New Work in Movement and Dance Theater, M.A.D.

The Harold Clurman Center for New Works in Movement and Dance Theatre (MAD) creates and performs new dance and movement theatre work. The Board of Advisors for MAD is comprised of Mimi Garrard, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Margie Gillis, Alexandra Wells, Yoshi Oida, and Bill T. Jones. MAD gives space grants and administrative or artistic support to established, emerging and student choreographers and theater makers.

The mission of MAD is to create vital and visceral performance work that responds to our world and has meaning for our lives. These movement based works do not deny language, but rather, consider physical work to be the essential language of the play. Such physical theatre and dance theatre works will be created and performed by faculty members, guest artists, and graduates of the professional training program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. MAD also expands the horizons of the student body, and adds to the students’ cultural education, by introducing them to new forms of creativity.


MAD Theatre
MAD Theatre enables the creation of new work by established choreographers.

MAD AIR (Movement and Dance Theatre – Artist In Residence) This is a space grant which fosters new work of emerging artists who need support. The Stella Adler Studio of Acting provides artists with rehearsal studios and a black box theater for performance. This is a reciprocal endeavor where the invited artist and the students of The Stella Adler Studio (New York University and Adler Conservatory programs) will be able to experience each other’s creativity.

Student Organized Movement and Dance Theatre (SO MAD) provides space grants and some artistic consultation to college age students interested in making new work.

“The space grant we received for SOMAD during the summer of 2007 was essential in that it allowed us to revise and further our own work. The combination of the Adler faculty’s encouragement along with the opportunity to perform the piece again inspired us to create new work this year as a company.”
Danielle, student and SO MAD artist

The Pilot Series is a twenty-hour physical theatre laboratory that unites a director/choreographer, two dancers and two actors to create a new work. The purpose of the program is to create dialogue and enhance common vocabulary between artists of the dance/movement and theatre worlds.

Please direct all inquiries to MAD Artistic Director Joan Evans at