The Creators: 8 Young Artists You Should Know

08/15/2012 4:00 AM |

Sarah Sokolovic, Actress

Sokolovic recently earned her MFA from Yale, and in April was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for outstanding featured actress in a musical for her role in The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World. This fall, she will appear in Lisa D’Amour’s hotly anticipated Detroit, at Playwrights Horizons, as part of a cast that also includes Amy Ryan and David Schwimmer.

What neighborhood do you live in?

I live in Cobble Hill. It’s the best. I never want to move.

How long have you been in NY?
I came in 2005 after I had been moving around a lot. I have always had a bit of wanderlust. New York seemed like an inevitable and necessary adventure. I drove here with a good pal, $800 to my name, and a dream.

What’s the best venue you’ve performed at in NY?
I can’t name a “best.” I have favorites all over, some for nostalgic reasons, some for configuration or architecture.

Where would you love to perform that you haven’t yet?
Every time I see something at St. Ann’s I wanna get up and dance, so I hope I perform there someday.

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I think Bradford Louryk is a genius. I love Andrew Wade and would follow him anywhere. I think Robert Woodruff is really exciting, and a really special soul. My friend Lileana Blain Cruz is brilliant. The list is endless, really.

What’s next for you?
Who can say… I do hope to take a vacation before the new year. I have never been to France and always wanted to go. If anyone wanted to send me there as a gift, I wouldn’t say no.

4 Comment

  • Very cool article, but maybe changing the title to 8 young “musicians” you should know, + one theater troupe and one playwright.

    Using the term “artist” as a blanket term for anyone who makes anything more complex than a monkey wrench is both misleading and alienating to painters, typographers, sculptors, draftsmen etc. Yes, art is everywhere, and anyone can create art… but not everyone is an artist. As an illustrator and animator myself, I was expecting to see artists. Bit of a let down.

    Cool none the less though

  • Nice piece! Though many of these artists are not “young.” It’s great to feature all of them but it drives me a bit batty the way that youth obsession works in arts media. I write this as a 44 year old who is often described as a “young artist.” I’m not. 44 is really not young. I feel the media wants to make its readership excited about something interesting and fresh, so we must then be perpetually young? It’s also a disservice to artists who are actually young – the 25 and unders who don’t get enough of the spotlight because those of us who’ve been working for 25 years keep getting ink as “the new young things.” It’s bonkers.

  • The near-absence of artists of color on this list is disturbing.

  • In response to the above comments, you should check out my artist interview series — A Random Moment With — they’re all not young but I do include a diverse group. It’s an ongoing series so check back weekly!