Sanaz Ghajar is an Iranian-American director, writer, Artistic Director of Built for Collapse, and DJ. She has developed works nationally and internationally with New York Theatre Workshop, The Civilians, The Drama League, BRIC Arts | Media House, Ars Nova, Three Legged Dog, Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons Downtown, The New Ohio Theatre, Prelude, HERE, Dixon Place, Target Margin Theater, IRT Theater, Theater for the New City, Noor Theatre, New York University, Colorado State University, Rising Circle Theater Collective, Fresh Ground Pepper, The Red House Center for Culture and Debate in Bulgaria, Prague Film and Theater Center, Ikincikat Theatre in Turkey, Goldex Poldex Gallery in Poland, and others.
Built for Collapse is an award-winning theater company committed to building multi-disciplinary work that challenges theatrical form. They develop each project through a highly physical process inspired by found texts, visual art, and pop culture to create a live collage of the world and its stories. At times an erotic opera, at times a freakish and violent circus, Built for Collapse has been described as a “creative new approach to theatre.” Recipients of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, Brooklyn Arts Council Grant, ART-NY Creative Space Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council MCAF Grant, and Prague Fringe 'Inspiration Award' for Best New Work. A Rome Fringe International Selection. Former Resident Company at Laguardia Performing Arts Center, they were recently invited into the Archive Residency program, a collaboration between New Ohio Theatre and IRT Theater.
"An ambitiously subversive young troupe” (Time Out NY)
“Built for Collapse should be applauded for diving into a radioactive subject matter with such gusto.”
-Zach Stewart, Theatermania.com
"a spectacle not to be missed" -Shelley Molad, nytheatre.com