About Us

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Our Approach

Method Machine is an artistic playground committed to producing and presenting daring, relevant & illuminating experiments in performance and art….

Method Machine incites the community and challenge self-discovery through performance, produce thought-provoking and pertinent theater, stimulating a renaissance in audience and artist alike.

Method Machine incubates original ideas, presenting emerging and established artists, premièring plays, and re-imaging classics, providing a home for risky, yet transformational experiences.

Method Machine was founded in 2007 by David Henderson, Marcy J. Savastano and Michael Frances O’Connor. In the past ten years we have presented

  • 20+ performance events
  • 8 art exhibits
  • 6 Geva Young Writers
  • 5 festivals with Rochester Fringe
  • 2 site specific projects with casts of hundreds
  • 1 hell of an artist roster with over 300 collaborators!

 

 

 

 

Meet the Team

We create. We dream. We inspire.

 

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David Henderson

Founder & Co-Artistic Director

An accomplished creator of new and contemporary work, David Henderson has produced and directed performance and art in Rochester and New York, NY. As the Artistic Director of METHOD MACHINE, he helmed more than 20 productions including Spoon River Rochester, a site-specific performance using hundreds of performers in an immersive, one of a kind headliner at the 2014 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. Company productions of note include ShakesBLOOD at the 2015 Fringe Fest; Angels in America (Parts I & II) and The Lipstick Massacre with drag star Pandora Boxx, both in the Nextstage at Geva Theater Center; curated five exhibits in The Method Lab, including “A Tibetan Pilgrimage”, “Bushwhacked!” and “Famous Faces.” Additional productions include work at Geva Theatre Center, JCC Center Stage of Rochester, and Screen Plays. This fall, David adapted and directed two Kurt Vonnegut short stories for a site specific performance with Nazareth College Theatre Department and this year will serve as the Directing Mentor at the International Theater Program of the University of Rochester.

In New York City, David worked on Broadway and Off-Broadway. As a theater manager with Jujamcyn Theaters he worked primarily at the historic St James Theater (The Producers), The August Wilson Theater (Jersey Boys) and The Eugene O’Neill (Sweeney Todd). As the Managing Director of chashama, he helped the company to build five temporary Off-off Broadway theater in Times Square, as well as two art galleries and more than thirty artist studios- “presenting downtown uptown.” The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, an Off-Broadway production of 2000, was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards. David also served as the Assistant Director for the West End production of W;t after two years as a stage manager with the show. David’s first production in New York was with fellow Rochestarian Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Defying Gravity.

As a writer, plays include include Pyotr & Bob: A Heresey, Clocked, ShakesBLOOD and The Gay Fiancee. Two recent commissions include a children’s play for Monroe Community College and an original choral musical for the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus.

David graduated from Nazareth College with a BA in Theatre and Goddard College with an MFA in Screenwriting and Playwriting. He is very proud to be a founding Board Member of the Fringe Festival in Rochester.

Marcy J. Savastano

Founder & Co-Artistic Director

Marcy J. (MJ) Savastano is an actor, teaching artist, director, and writer. A part of the Rochester theatre scene for several years, MJ has been a proponent of blind-casting and enjoys edgy productions with meaningful, challenging themes. MJ has worked with numerous companies, including Geva, Blackfriars, DVC (Dream/Visualize/Create), Method Machine, Lady Parts Theatre Company, Screen Plays, Out of Pocket Productions, GRRC, Rochester Community Players, Aspie Works, John Borek Presents, and NoSoma. Favorite roles include: Harper in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, Sylvia Plath in EDGE, and Alice in Closer with METHOD MACHINE; Vivien Leigh in Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference with Screen Plays; Alice in The Drowning Girls with Lady Parts Theatre Co.; Nick in GGII: Gayer and Gatsbier, JS in Necessary Targets, and Andy in Somewhere Under Wonderland with DVC; Callie in Stop Kiss and Theresa in Circle, Mirror, Transformation (Out of Pocket Productions); Elisa in Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh and Jackie in Hot L Baltimore (Blackfriars Theatre); Agnes in Agnes of God (GRRC); Passington in Isle of Dogs (NoSoma Theatre); Hamlet in Same Sex Shakespeare and Isabella in Measure for Measure (The Shakespeare Players of Rochester). Film: Coming Home, AFTER, Fury. TV: “Modern Love (pilot),” “Serial Killers: Arthur Shawcross.” MJ has appeared in numerous regional commercials and MJ’s voice can be heard in radio spots and training courses worldwide. For more information visit: www.mjsavaj.wix.com/mjsavaj.

Michael Francis O’Connor

Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus

Kate Sweeney

Production Director