Geoff Sobelle is an actor, director and maker of absurdist performance works. His independent work includes Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl (Edinburgh Fringe First Award), The Object Lesson (Bessie Award, Edinburgh Fringe First Award, Carol Tambor Award, Total Theatre Award, NYTimes Critics Pick) and HOME. His work under the name Rainpan43 includes: all wear bowlers (Innovative Theatre Award, Drama Desk nomination), Amnesia Curiosa, machines machines machines machines machines machines machines (OBIE award – design), and Elephant Room. He was a company member of Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre Company from 2001-2012. His work has been supported by the Independence Foundation, the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, the Wyncote Foundation, USArts International, the Princeton Atelier, the MAP Fund and the New England Foundation for the Arts. He is a 2006 Pew Fellow and is a 2009 Creative Capital grantee. Geoff is a graduate of Stanford University, and trained in physical theatre at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. www.geoffsobelle.com
Elvis Perkins, Composer of Original Songs
Elvis Perkins has released three full-length collections of songs, two under his own name ('Ash Wednesday' ’07 XL Recordings & 'I Aubade', ’15 MIR) and one under the band name Elvis Perkins in Dearland (’09 XL Recordings). The band with whom he has toured extensively also released the 6 track 'Doomsday EP' in 2009 (XL). In the past two years Elvis has made two film scores: “I am the Pretty Thing the Lives in the House” (Netflix, October ’16) and “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” (A24 ’17). A soundtrack album for the latter was released via Death Waltz Recording Co. in March 2017. He currently calls Hudson, NY & Cape Cod, MA home.
Ching Valdes-Aranm, Performer
Ching has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-OFF Broadway, and in numerous regional theaters in the U.S. She has also performed in many international festivals (Berlin, Caribbean, Edinburgh Scotland, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Rumania, Thailand and now Brisbane, Australia). She has appeared on numerous films and TV and soon to be released in Spring 2019 in Laika Film Animation production, MISSING LINK with Hugh Jackman, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Zoe Saldana and Zack Galifiniakis among others. Awards include: OBIE, Fox Foundation Fellow, Ma-Yi Theater Award for Artistic Excellence, Spencer Cherashore Award, Charles Bowden Award (New Dramatist), Asian Cultural Council Fellow, the U.S. Congressional Award in Arts and Culture among others. Ching is also a Director and a Visual Artist.
Jennifer Kidwell, Performer
Jennifer is a performing artist. Her recent projects include Underground Railroad Game, Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed, I Understand Everything Better, Antigone, Fire Burns Hot: Little Reno!, I Promised Myself to Live Faster, 99 Break-Ups, Not Every Mountain, Dick's Last Stand (Whitney Biennial 2014, as Donelle Woolford), Zinnias: the Life of Clementine Hunter. She’s a Pig Iron Theatre Company & Lightning Rod Special company member, Wilma Theater Associated Artist and JACK co-founder. She’s been published in movement research for Performance Journal #45 and hyperallergic.com. Her awards include 2013 TCG/Fox Resident Actor Fellowship (with PITC), 2015 Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant, and 2016 Pew Fellow.
Josh Crouch , Performer
Josh is a Brooklyn middle school student, originally from London. He spent several summers as part of the Lake Lucille Chekhov project with Brian Mertes, including the film version and also played the lead role of Kosmo in “Lily & Kosmo” for Blue Spill Films. As part of the drama department at school he most recently played Bert in “Mary Poppins.” Josh is very excited to be part of the “Home” company after being part of the workshops at BRIC and ArtsEmerson.
Justin Rose, Performer
Justin Rose is a Philadelphia based performer and director. Recent acting credits include: Let the Dog See the Rabbit (Lightning Rod Special), Always Coming Soon: The Future (Brat Productions), 99 BREAKUPS (Pig Iron Theatre Company), The Douglas/Poins in Henry IV (Shakespeare in Clark Park & Team Sunshine), The Balladeer in The West (Alex Bechtel Producer/Director). He directed Cirque du Soleil juggler Greg Kennedy’s Theorem (Philly Fringe), and assistant director Geoff Sobelle’s Object Lesson. He was a co-founder and co-artistic director of The Candidatos, a two-man theatre company that performed their most popular show, I’m Sorry & I’m Sorry at the New York Clown Theatre Festival, Dublin Fringe, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Pig Iron Theatre Company's Advanced Performance Training Program and The University of Iowa. He is a certified yoga teacher, and teaches at studios around Philadelphia.
Sophie Bortolussi, Performer
Sophie's recent credits as a performer include Punchdrunk: The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable (National Theatre, London), Sleep No More (McKittrick Hotel, NYC), Martha Clarke: Angel Reapers (Signature Theatre, Joyce Theatre, Arts Emerson, National tour), The Threepenny Opera (Atlantic Theatre), Garden of Earthly Delights (Minetta Lane Theatre), Kaos (NYTW), Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental: Red-Eye to Havre de Grace (Walker, NYTW, Live Arts Festival, Arts Emerson) and in The Martha Graham Dance Company. She has worked as Choreographer/Director on One-In-Themselves (La Mama, NYC), The Day Shall Declare It (Imperial Arts Studio, L.A./ Marylebone Gardens, Bush Theatre, London) and Nu Dance Theater. She has worked as an Artistic Director at McKittrick Hotel Special Events (McKittrick Masquerades & Super Cinemas parties) and a Movement Director for Zara Gymwear Fall 2016, 2016 American Airlines Inflight Safety Video TV: guest appearance “Gossip Girl.” Her Awards include 2017 Stage Raw Theatre Award for “Best Choreography”, 2015 Ovation Award nomination for “Best Choreography”, 2013 UK Broadway World Award nomination for “Best Leading Actress in a New Production of a Play” and 2011 World Falstaff Award for “Best Principal Performance, Lady Macbeth, Sleep No More.” More info at: www.sophie-bortolussi.com