I Agree To The Terms (2022)

I Agree To The Terms was developed by The Builders Association in collaboration with a community of microworkers, or MTurk workers, who train the algorithms that shape our online experience. This new, interactive multi-screen performance premiered online March 25-April 3, 2022. Most MTurk workers are Americans living in rural areas where jobs are scarce. MTurk […]


Five work-in-progress performances featuring the stories of Builders past and present were performed live on TWITCH.TV/BUILDERSNYC from May 14-22, 2020. 30 minutes each. Sheltering in place across the world, The Builders have come together to share stories across multiple screens, to create an artifact of creation in the time of COVID-19.

STRANGE WINDOW: The Turn of the Screw (2017-2018)

A new interpretation of the gothic ghost story, Strange Window creates a stage experience that mirrors the seductive ambiguity of the original chilling tale: Are ghosts real? Is the governess mad? And what terrors—sexual, violent, projected, displaced or denied—are enacted along the way? On stage a governess alone with two children tells her story, deploying […]

ELEMENTS OF OZ (2015-2019)

The Builders Association takes you on a journey through the Wonderful Land of OZ From the surreal novel, to dark conspiracy theories, to the making of the iconic film, ELEMENTS OF OZ uses live music, video, performance and AR to bring this iconic American story to life. Download the app and join us at the theater – this […]

ÉMILIE (2011-2015)

In 2011, Marianne Weems was asked to direct the American premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s one-woman opera ÉMILIE as part of the Spoleto USA Festival. The resulting production, created in collaboration with Builders company members Austin Switser (video), Neal Wilkinson (set), Dan Dobson (sound) and Allen Hahn (lighting) is a multi-media tour de force that portrays the inner […]

SONTAG: REBORN (2012-2014)

Adapted from Susan Sontag’s early journals by performer Moe Angelos, SONTAG: REBORN traces Sontag’s private life from the age of 14 to her emergence as a world-renowned author and activist. The young Sontag wrestles with her emerging sexuality and precocious intelligence, fraught with doubt and insecurity yet driven by her willfulness, ambition and voracious curiosity. […]

House / Divided (2011-2014)

“The Bank — or the Company — needs — wants — insists — must have — as though the Bank or the Company were a monster, with thought and feeling… But the monster is sick. Something’s happened to themonster.”John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath Using John Steinbeck’s classic novel The Grapes of Wrath as a narrative backbone, HOUSE […]

JET LAG 2010

A remount of a collaboration between The Builders Association and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The original production was created in 1998 and toured internationally through 2000. JET LAG is a cross-media project developed collaboratively by The Builders Association and the architect/media artists Diller + Scofidio. Our shared interest in combining the presence of live performers with the electronic presence of new technologies prompted the […]


CONTINUOUS CITY is a meditation on how contemporary experiences of location and dislocation stretch us to the maximum as our “networked selves” occupy multiple locations. From Shanghai to Los Angeles, Toronto to Mexico City, CONTINUOUS CITY tells the story of a traveling father and his daughter at home tethered and transformed by speed, hypermodernity, and […]


An arts and education project, INVISIBLE CITIES looks at the digital divide between the “haves” and the “have nots.” In late fall 2005, The Builders Association began working with collaborators both in central Brooklyn through the Brooklyn College Community Partnership (January-July 2006) and through the Institute for Collaborative Education in Manhattan (August 2006-March 2007). Both […]