ERA is an independent, experimental theatre company based in St. Louis, Missouri.
Theatre is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, live art form. ERA's mission is to use the elements unique to theatre's identity to expand the possibilities for what that art form can be and challenge our community's expectations for meaning in theatre, art, and the world. We root ourselves in the belief that all theatre's components are equal and that innovation stems from experimentation.
EQUALLY REPRESENTED ARTS means egalitarian consideration of every potential element in a work of theatre
Lucy Cashion began the process of founding ERA in 2004.
Since moving the company to St. Louis in 2014, ERA has produced a number of experimental productions, including The Residents of Craigslist, Moscow!, Oedipus Apparatus, and Phaedra Phestival
ERA has also participated in St. Louis Shakespeare Festival's SHAKE 38 since 2014, with full-scale experimental works, including Make Hamlet, R+J: A Telephone Play, Trash Macbeth, and Twelfth Period: or Not Another Twelfth Night.
People say art is superfluous. This is true - we do not need art to survive.
We believe art is superfluous the same way that god is - we do not need it to live, but it gives us a reason to.