Elevator Repair Service, a theater ensemble, was founded by director John Collins and a group of actors in 1991. Since that time, ERS has built a body of highly acclaimed work and has appeared on stages around New York, the U.S. and Europe.
The group's theater pieces are built around a broad range of subject matter and literary forms. They combine elements of slapstick comedy, hi-tech and lo-tech design, both literary and found text, found objects and discarded furniture, and the group's own highly developed style of choreography.
Each ERS piece is developed over the course of a season through several work-in-progress showings to small audiences and culminates in an extended run in New York. Since 1997, ERS shows have toured the United States and Europe.