We think of ourselves as a band. A theatre band, if you will, in which acting, dance, and music are intricately linked. We believe theatre to be vital and essential. The ongoing challenge of course is that theatre has always been expensive to make, and increasingly expensive to see. We answer that challenge. We want to make sure everyone who wants to come to the theatre can come. That's what we're all about.
We chose a name with classical reverberations and modern kick. The term “Taffety Punk” appears in Shakespeare’s All’s
Well That Ends Well, and in that context means roughly “a well-dressed whore.” Sound a little crazy? Consider that 400 years later Uta Hagen, lamenting the death of the actor-driven theatre in America, likened actors to prostitutes pimping themselves to producers. Our goal is to put the art back into the hands of the artists.
Our company members grew up in the punk underground, and there honed an artistic aesthetic that embraces the positive and the possible. The greatest lessons we learned from Punk Rock: be who you are and fight for your ideals. We continue to do so today, in whatever costumes we are wearing.
We are Taffety Punks.