Founded in 2002 by two Asian American women, Fluid Motion Theater & Film commissions, develops, and produces multiethnic, multidisciplinary adaptations of classic global texts to explore the commonality of the human experience shared by disparate cultures. We focus on giving a voice to a new generation of theater audiences and artists: global transplants and multi-generational, hyphenated, racially-diverse Americans who are a combination of universal and specific. Our work explores the universality of a story - how the main themes (love, hope, death, regret, etc.) of a classic work remain the same despite diverse casting and/or context. Fluid Motion looks to provide a safe and nurturing environment for writers to develop new work alongside directors and actors, and specifically aims to serve emerging artists of color and female artists. We also seek to bring our work to a broad, multiethnic audience that reflects the diversity of backgrounds and experiences in the New York community.
Through the commissioning, development, and production of new work adapted from classic western and non-western dramatic texts (as well as texts not traditionally associated with the theater -- novels, short stories, poetry et al.), Fluid Motion challenges audiences to reconsider the categories with which we identify ourselves. We re-conceptualize archetypes. We explore the commonality of human experience shared by disparate cultures. We inspire thought and conversation about the connections that bind all of us in our personal communities, in our countries, and in our world.
Fluid Motion Theater & Film is led by Artistic Director (and Co-Founder) Christine Simpson and Producing Director Michelle Chen.