Division 13 Productions (Division 13) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
theatre company founded in 1995 (known as Thirteenth Tribe
until December 2000). D13's production history includes
the classics, new scripts, installations, premiere translations,
original adaptations, and film.
Founding members Greg Berlowitz, Anne DeAcetis, Nathan
Guisinger, Jake Perrine, Rachel Sledd, and Katie Taber
shared a commitment to creating challenging, highly theatrical
work grounded in the physical life of the actor. Their
inaugural production, The Precipice (produced in May of
1996) was written and directed by the ensemble.
Artistic Director Joanna Settle's relationship with Division
13 began in the summer of 1996, between her two years of
graduate study at The Juilliard School. She traveled to
Chicago to direct The Balcony as a guest director. This
production was a launching pad for the company, and in
1997, after completing her studies, Settle returned to
Chicago to become the artistic director of Division 13
Productions. Settle brought to the company a powerful design
sensibility and strong, guiding vision for a vital, contemporary
theatre that addresses epic and existential questions.
It was also at this time that Katie Taber assumed the
responsibilities of managing director, establishing a strong
framework of leadership that has continued to this day.
The company’s organizational structure is further
supported by Anne DeAcetis serving as development director.
After five years of producing in Chicago, the company
relocated to New York City in May 2001. In addition to
the rich cultural fabric of New York providing intrinsic
appeal, the company also recognized a greater peer group
in terms of producing models and organizational structures.
New York provides a supportive and invigorating home to
project-by-project production calendars and long-term developmental
workshops. In addition, D13's designers and multimedia
artists were often flown in from New York to Chicago, and
can now more comfortably participate in all levels of the
Division 13 is an itinerant company. We seek out performance
spaces that inform and evoke the material being developed
and presented. We have produced our environmentally-specific
work in a wide variety of spaces, including an aging, 1,200-seat
touring-house, a store window on a crowded Chicago street,
and a cavernous New York City warehouse (spanning the width
of a city block) on the edge of the West Side Highway.
Critically acclaimed and award winning works include Rockaby
and Play by Samuel Beckett (Chicago Reader "Critic's
Choice"), Macbett by Eugene Ionesco (2000 Joseph Jefferson
Award for “Excellence in Sound Design”), BLOOD
LINE: The Oedipus/Antigone Story by Sophocles in premiere
translation by Nicholas Rudall (1999 After Dark Award winner
for both "Outstanding Production" and "Best
New Translation"), and The Balcony by Jean Genet (cited
in Chicago PerformInk’s "Best of ‘96").
Full Production History
About Our Name
Originally founded as Thirteenth Tribe, the company took
the inspiration for its name from a production written
by Nathan Guisinger and directed by Joanna Settle. The
play, produced at Hampshire College, was conceived and
developed through immersion in Washington, DC communities
during the 1991 Gulf War. Thirteenth Tribe also refers
to the observation that our generation is the thirteenth
generation of Americans since the founding of the Constitution.
With the production of Macbett in December 2000, the company
changed its name to Division 13 Productions. This new name
references our founding on Division Street (in Chicago)
and honors the history of the number 13. To reflect our
interest in multimedia events, the word Productions was