Sinking Ship creates work that is the theatrical version of circumnavigating the globe in a questionably seaworthy vessel: grand and ridiculous, unadvisedly ambitious, and possibly delusional as we sail full tilt to the horizon.
Sinking Ship Productions, a New York-based theater company, is the creative collaboration between Jonathan Levin and Josh Luxenberg. We work with a core group of Associate Artists, combining physical theater, puppetry, music and movement in delightful, strange and unexpected ways. Our productions have grappled with concepts such as the creation and destruction of the universe as imagined by science fiction writers, how a man's search for connection could ultimately lead to complete isolation, and the limits of human understanding through the search for extra dimensions of space in theoretical physics. We like big ideas.
Sinking Ship’s original works include A Hunger Artist (premiere at Connelly Theater, 2017, co-produced by The Tank as part of their Flint & Tinder series, nominated for Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance and for Outstanding Puppet Design; UK premiere at Edinburgh Fringe, 2017, WINNER - Summhall's Lustrum Award for Excellence), Powerhouse (work-in-progress at FringeNYC, 2010; premiere at New Ohio Theatre, 2014, O’Neill Playwrights Conference Finalist, 2012; New York Times Critics Pick), there will come soft rains (FringeNYC, extended at Barrow Street Theater, 2008), Ocean (work-in-progress, Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program, 2016), and Flatland (work-in-progress, EST/Sloan Foundation Commission, 2010).
In addition to producing original work, Sinking Ship also runs the popular puppet and music series Puppet Playlist, which has played to sold-out crowds since 2009, becoming one of New York's premiere venues for original short-form puppetry.
People have said nice things
“[Audiences are] constantly looking for the next new thing... and with this talented company, we may have found it.”
—Jason Zinoman, The New York Times
“Thrilling! ... the creative standard to which companies should be pushing themselves.
Aaron Riccio, Theater Talk's New Theater Corps
“The splendid Sinking Ship Productions… aiming to honor the mad, creative urge to perfectly transmute ideas into art... succeeds beautifully.”
David Cote, Time Out New York
—Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal
Two Drama Desk Awards nominations for A Hunger Artist: Outstanding Solo Performance; Outstanding Puppet Design
Summerhall's Lustrum Award for Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe for A Hunger Artist
UnitedSolo Fest Award for Best Satire for A Hunger Artist
Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference finalist for Powerhouse
FringeNYC Award for Outstanding Ensemble for Powerhouse
FringeNYC Award for Outstanding Direction for there will come soft rains
SSP's Associate Artists are the people we collaborate with most, whose artistic sensibility is an essential part of what defines the company's work.
Video & interactive designer, performer
Joshua William Gelb
Director, performer, playwright
M. Florian Staab
Set & costume designer
Puppet designer, performer
Josh Luxenberg is Sinking Ship’s co-Artistic Director. He is a playwright, director, and photographer. Credits with SSP include: A Hunger Artist (Connelly Theater/The Tank, nominated for two 2018 Drama Desk Awards, and winner of Summerhall's Lustrum Award for Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017), Powerhouse (New Ohio, O’Neill Playwrights Conference Finalist), Ocean (Mabou Mines Residency), Flatland (EST/Sloan Commission), there will come soft rains (FringeNYC). Josh co-wrote The Dial, an interactive narrative augmented reality installation created by NightLight Labs (premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2019). Josh is the General Manager of the Connelly Theater, where his programming includes Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries (New York Theatre Workshop), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), Futurity (Soho Rep./Ars Nova), Lypsinka!, The Offending Gesture (The Tank), and Daniel Kitson’s A Show for Christmas. He is co-curator of Flint & Tinder, The Tank's flagship theater series: YOUARENOWHERE, Ada|Ava, Paper Hat Game. Josh has also worked as an assistant director at Baltimore CENTERSTAGE, Paper Mill Playhouse, NYMF, Virginia Stage, and as a writers assistant at Playwrights Horizons. He worked in the writer’s office of HBO’s The Wire, and is an alum of the Baltimore School for the Arts and Oberlin College.
Jon Levin is Sinking Ship's co-Artistic Director. He is an international director, performer and puppeteer. He co-created and performed in A Hunger Artist (Connelly Theater/The Tank), for which he was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Solo Performance, and Outstanding Puppet Design with Charlie Kanev and Sarah Nolen). As a performer, Jon also works extensively with The Krumple Theater Company, which he is also a founding member of. He most recently performed/co-created Go to Sleep, Goddamnit! and Do Not Feed the Trolls throughout Norway and in NYC. Jon has also performed as a puppeteer in Banksy’s “Better Out than In”, NYC, Wakka Wakka’s SAGA (Norway, Iceland, Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland). With Sinking Ship, Jon directed Powerhouse at the New Ohio Theatre (NYTimes Critics Pick) in 2014, Ocean in 2016 (in development) at the Mabou Mines Resident Artist program, Flatland (2011), an EST/Sloan Foundation commission, and There Will Come Soft Rains (2008) at FringeNYC (Excellence Award for Outstanding Direction). Jon is a graduate of L'école Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and holds a BA from Oberlin College in theater and neuroscience.