Under the Radar (UTR) is an annual theater festival that spotlights international artists ranging from emerging talents to masters in the field. The festival is a wild mix of works by ensembles, solo artists, writers, and creators. The ultimate goal of UTR is to offer a crash course in theater that is exciting, independent, and experimental, created by some of the most dynamic artists working today. In its eight year history, there have been 104 productions from over 17 countries and the U.S., including Australia, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, France, Ireland, Mali, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia and the UK. Some artists who have collaborated with UTR include SITI Company, Elevator Repair Service, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Superamas, Abbey Theatre, Mike Daisey, Reggie Watts, Teatro De Los Andes, and many more.
The festival premiered at St. Ann's Warehouse in January of 2005, focusing primarily on theater companies based in the United States. In 2006, UTR moved to The Public Theater to place itself in the heart of the American theater. In its second year, UTR branched out further into the international theater community. This festival featured performances from Brazil, the Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia, France, Austria, the United Kingdom and the U.S. The tradition continued in 2007, as the festival once again highlighted contemporary and independent work from around the world. The festival was expanded from five days to its current two week format.
The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater's year-round activities.
Under the Radar is a component of the Devised Theater Initiative, a year-round program of The Public Theater dedicated to creating sustainable pathways for the development and production of devised work. Under the Radar and the Devised Theater Initiative are made possible with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Public Theater gratefully acknowledges the following partners for their additional generous support of the 2013 Under the Radar Festival: