EgoPo, whose name is derived from the French concept “The Physical-Self”, was born in San Francisco in 1993, as a theater company as well as an acting style. Founded by current Artistic Director Lane Savadove, EgoPo was named “The most exciting young company in S.F.” by the San Francisco Chronicle. In the last 17 years, EgoPo has staged over two-dozen productions and hundreds of performances in Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, Chicago, Washington D.C., and internationally, in Indonesia and Croatia. EgoPo’s awards include: “Best Production of 2000” in New York by Backstage, 2 Big Easy nominations, 5 Storer Boone nominations, 1 Ambie Award, 9 Marquee Nominations, and 6 Louisiana Theater Festival Awards. EgoPo’s renowned productions include a 72 hour performance in the Nevada Desert commissioned by Desert Siteworks Project and a commission from National Public Radio to adapt Beckett’s prose COMPANY, which was broadcast nationally, went on to a year-long run in three cities, and was awarded “Best Play of 2000” by Backstage: A resoundingly brilliant experience –Backstage Blissful and terrifying –The New York Times
In 1995, the Luce Foundation funded EgoPo to create and train a sister company in Asia. The culmination of the year in central Java was THE RAMAYANA, a three-hour version of the Hindu epic which was conceived and performed at the National Cultural Center of Indonesia with an all-star international cast. Savadove generates great dramatic power from this ancient text –National Weekly (Indonesia) EgoPo moved operations to New Orleans in 2002, and built a new theatrical home, the stunning Jewel Theater. The theater opened with a half-masked, expressionistic version of Wedekind’s masterpiece, SPRING AWAKENING. The production had a six-week sold-out run and garnered many awards. Blazing imagination in staging –PBS Channel 12, New Orleans
On August 27, 2005, the EgoPo company arrived in Philadelphia to begin technical rehearsals for a run of THE MAIDS X 2, their ground-breaking version of Genet’s classic. Visceral, violent, and feverishly sensual –The Times Picayune Three days later EgoPo became Philadelphia’s “stranded theater company.” EgoPo lost its theater to Hurricane Katrina, most company members lost their homes, and their funding base was gone indefinitely. Thanks to the outpouring of help from the theater community, including the Pew, the Fringe, and the Arden, a few months later Savadove announced EgoPo’s permanent relocation to Philadelphia. In February 2006, EgoPo staged THE MAIDS X 2 off-broadway at the Bowerie Lane Theater. One of the best shows of the year –Theater Mania Not for the faint of Heart –Variety In 2007, EgoPo began its new life as a Philadelphia company with a restaging of its Barrymore Award Nominated SPRING AWAKENING at the Mainstage of the Adrienne Theater and restarted its professional conservatory. An impressive Philadelphia debut- Philadelphia Inquirer
Since that time, EgoPo produced the Tennessee Williams’ Festival, and the Expressionist Theater Festival, including the Burns’ Classic Reading Series, during which EgoPo united ten other Philadelphia-based theater companies for the year-long event and the 2009-10 year-long Philadelphia Beckett Festival, including three mainstage performances and a dozen short Beckett plays presented at the Painted Bride over three nights. For 2010-11, EgoPo will be presenting a year-long tribute to the theories and works of Antonin Artaud: "Theater of Cruelty, A Celebration of the French Avant-Garde".