NVA / MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of New Village Arts is to present theatre fueled by the power and passion of the artist and share with its audience an uncompromising appetite for the human experience.
ABOUT US / FROM CHICKEN COOP TO TOP DOG?
Now in its twelfth season of producing plays, New Village Arts Theatre has become the most critically acclaimed theatre in North County San Diego. NVA was founded in April, 2001 by graduates of New York’s Actors Studio Drama School and its first full production was seen in November of 2001. BRILLIANT TRACES was staged in the Granary – a converted chicken coop in Carlsbad’s Magee Park – and received Critic’s Choice from the San Diego Union-Tribune. Pat Launer (of KPBS) named New Village Arts “The Most Exciting New Theatre” in San Diego in January, 2002.
New Village Arts found a temporary, professional home in the Studio Space at Jazzercise, Inc. In the five years that NVA produced at Jazzercise, they were awarded many major awards for such productions as A LIE OF THE MIND, ORPHANS, THE WAVERLY GALLERY, THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD and NOCTURNE. New Village Arts has become known for their intense, ensemble-driven productions.
Thanks to the support of the City of Carlsbad, NVA has spent the last several years thrilling patrons in Carlsbad Village with such productions as TRUE WEST, THIS IS OUR YOUTH, PRELUDE TO A KISS and SAILOR’S SONG. The current location of the theatre was built in 1922 as a lumber yard (be sure to check out the gorgeous wood work) and is one of the oldest buildings in the Village. It now houses a comfortable 99-seat theatre – an intense, intimate way to experience live theatre.
KRISTIANNE KURNER: EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Ms. Kurner earned her Masters Degree in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York, as well as training privately for three years with David Gideon, former director of the Lee Strasburg Theatre Institute. In 2007, she was honored for her Outstanding Direction of the Regional premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s Sailor’s Song by both the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and Patte Productions. Ms. Kurner has directed, designed, produced and/or acted in every New Village Arts production to date.