Ildiko Nemeth is the founder and artistic director of the New Stage Theatre Company (NSTC), and the director, producer, and visionary force behind all the company’s premieres. Originally from Budapest, she founded NSTC in 2002 after graduating from the Actor’s Studio Drama School. Drawing from her Eastern European theatre background and the multicultural influences of her collaborators, she premieres foreign writers’ works in New York and creates original pieces. Nemeth’s works are distinguished by their bold visual style and juxtaposition of absurdist and physical humor with dark, difficult material. As a director she often refers to her projects as compositions, which reflects her multidisciplinary approach: all artistic elements, including text, music, movement, and spectacle, are fused into a unified work of art.

Under Nemeth’s artistic direction, NSTC has built a name for itself as a “daring experimental group” (Backstage) offering provocative, highly conceptual works “of great beauty and heightened theatricality” (Connecticut Post). Said Jessica Rizzo in the Theatre Times, “New York needs more dauntless directors like her.” The company has staged shows at legendary Off-Off-Broadway institutions including La MaMa, Theater for the New City, and Dixon Place. In 2017, Nemeth established NSTC’s permanent artistic home, The New Stage Performance Space, at 36 West 106th St in Manhattan, where she continues to present boundary-defying works and to support the creation of original, multidisciplinary productions that engage artists from theatre, dance, music, visual art, and performance art.

NSTC is a recipient of the Innovative Theatre Awards’ prestigious Caffé Cino Fellowship, given annually to a company that consistently produces outstanding work. Other citations from the IT Awards include Outstanding Performance Art Production in 2019 and 2015, Innovative Theatre Design in 2019, and numerous nominations including Outstanding Director, Outstanding Ensemble, and Innovative Stage Design.