Bond Street Theatre was founded in 1976 by Joanna Sherman and Patrick Sciarratta, and a group of physically skilled, socially concerned actors dedicated to innovative theatre and motivated by a passion to be useful in the world. A resident company at LaMama Theatre in its early years, the ensemble created both indoor works and large street theatre productions that toured throughout New York and nationally.
The company has trained extensively in the physical and gestural arts of many traditions to develop a theatrical language that communicates across cultural borders. The ensemble selects the gestures, rituals, and symbols that give life its shape and dynamics, and complements them with striking theatrical forms such as acrobatics, martial arts, masks, stilts, dance, puppetry, many types of music, and performance styles from many cultures. The ensemble utilizes forum theatre, playback, and other interactive theatre forms.