Theater of Death was founded in
2014 by musician, thespian
and impresario, Joe West.
Its home has been the Engine House
Theatre in Madrid, New Mexico where
the company has dedicated itself to the creation of original short plays of horror and comedy in the tradition of the French Theatre du Grand Guignol.
Recently the company has grown to become a production company as well and has been the driving force behind The Madrid Film Festival, The Madrid Film Festival on Tour and several art exhibitions and theatrical events in the State.
The original Grand Guignol was a theater which opened its doors in Paris in 1897
and, remarkably, stayed in business until 1962. Although it came to life in an age of melodrama, its first creator was attempting a theater of Naturalism. It's dramatic presentations, revealing the dark side of human behavior, became a tantalizing thrill for Parisians. As it grew to fame, tourists rich and poor came from all over the world. They had heard of this phenomenon which claimed to have a "doctor on duty" at all performances to treat audience members who had fainted or suffered heart problems from what they saw on stage.