Elizabeth Streb

Performing Arts, 2000

Elizabeth Streb is a recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Award (1997) and a member of the New York City Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission. She holds a Master of Arts from New York University and wrote the book STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero (2010, Feminist Press). In 2003, Streb established the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics in Brooklyn, NY. In 2011, the STREB company performed sold-out shows at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s downtown groundbreaking, and at the River to River Festival. STREB was commissioned by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Mayor of London to participate in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. On One Extraordinary Day (July 15, 2012), from dawn to midnight, STREB dancers performed 7 action events across major London landmarks including the Millennium Bridge, Trafalgar Square and ending with HUMAN EYE, where 32 daring STREB Action Heroes performed a spoke-dance on the towering, iconic landmark of The London Eye. 



Awards and Accomplishments


Streb receives the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award


Streb's Extreme Action Company performs series of surprise performances on London landmarks in conjunction with Summer Olympics


Streb hosts the New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Awards

2010: Streb is one of the subjects of new online documentary series, _Made Here_, following the working lives of New York-based performance artists

2010: Streb’s book, _How To Become an Extreme Action Hero_, is published by The Feminist Press

2003: Streb sees opening of the Streb Action Invention Lab, a permanent studio in Brooklyn

2002: Streb receives New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship