Ildiko Nemeth is the Founder and Artistic Director of The New Stage Theatre Company (NSTC) and has served as the director on all of the company's productions and as the creator of all of their premieres.
With her company in Hungary, Nemeth garnered numerous awards, such as the Guardian Critics' Choice Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Best Performance Award at the International Gombrowicz Festival in Poland. A veteran of Eastern European experimental theatre, her desire to bring this form of theatrical expression to the U.S. drove her to move to New York City in 1998. She graduated with a Master's Degree from the Actor's Studio Drama School in 2002 and started NSTC that same year.
Nemeth presents to contemporary American audiences original and adapted plays that explore the complexities and universality of human experience. Drawing from the traditions of Eastern European theatre and a diverse international ensemble, Nemeth combines all artistic elements of production to create total art work that overcomes limitations of language, customs, and theatrical convention.
NSTC's productions conceived and directed by Nemeth have been nominated for NY Innovative Theatre Awards in five categories, including Outstanding Performance Art Production for Some Historic/Some Hysteric. She has cultivated a distinctive style that is particular to her aesthetic framework, the choice of plays, themes and topics, which are informed by a range of cultural influences but particularly by European history, literature and philosophical thought.
Irene Backalenick of Backstage praised Nemeth as "a highly creative director, who puts her own stamp on the piece." TimeOut NY called The New Stage Theatre Company's production of Mapping Möbius an "imaginative multimedia portrait" and NY Theatre Wire applauded the play as a "beautifully written performance piece... Ildiko Nemeth has once again turned science into highly entertaining and dramatic theater." TimeOut NY called NSTC's production of Oh, Those Beautiful Weimar Girls! a "stylishly morbid dance-theater piece" and NYTheatre.com deemed it "one terrific show" and a "highly watchable night of indulgence." Backstage raved about NSTC's production of Some Historic/Some Hysteric, calling it "dazzling, brilliant, searing" and TimeOut NY described it as "visually striking."
The New York Innovative Theatre Awards identified the company's 10th anniversary as one of the top Off-Off Broadway stories, commenting, "For a decade Ildiko Nemeth and the New Stage Theatre Company have been bringing their unique brand of sophisticated, inspired and startling stage craft to NYC stages."
Reviews and Publications
Some Historic, Some Hysteric 2006
“Some Historic/ Some Hysteric is dazzling, brilliant, searing…..Magnificent work all around: set design, costumes, movement, music, performance, and direction." - Irene Backalenick, Backstage (Full Article)
“Visually Striking” - Robert Simonson, TimeOut NY