13th Floor is darkly comic theater that moves. We create original scripted plays that don't hold still - they are funny and wicked and intelligent, often with a literary bent. We aim for a delicate combination of accessible yet thought provoking, and will make you laugh just when you thought it was getting a little too dark.
13th Floor was founded in 2010 by Jenny McAllister, along with a troupe of talented performers equally adept at acting and moving. With a background in both theater and dance, McAllister and her company explore how narrative theater can be enhanced by character-based movement - using dance, fight choreography, or riffs on simple human gestures. When words fail us, how are we moved, and how do we move?
Over the past five years, 13th Floor has collaborated with local writer Kim Green, visual designers Michael Oesch and Delayne Medoff, and has been supported in part by grants from ODC Theater, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Fleishhacker Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, The Fort Mason Foundation and the Dancers Group Lighting Artist In Dance Award. 13th Floor was was the recipient of a creative work/play residency at ODC Theater in 2013, The Sandbox Series in May of 2015, and a 1 month residency at Levy Dance in January 2015. 13th Floor is fiscally sponsored by Dancers' Group.