Creator & Crew
Geoff Sobelle, Creator
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
Lee Sunday Evans, Director
Lee is an Obie Award winning Director + Choreographer. Her work has been seen at The Public Theater, Lincoln Center, The Play Company, The Bushwick Starr, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company, Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville, Dallas Theater Center, Clubbed Thumb, Women's Project, Sundance Theater Lab, BAX, CATCH, LMCC, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Juilliard. She recently received the Susan Stroman Directing Award from The Vineyard Theater. Upcoming: Dance Nation by Clare Barron at Playwrights Horizons.
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.
Steven Dufala, Scenic Designer
Steven is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. While he works primarily in collaboration with his brother Billy as the Dufala Brothers, he also works on as many other projects in as many other fields as possible, being drawn in particular to works that explore overlapping concerns of various disciplines. Steven has been working intermittently with dance and theatre as a designer for about 20 years, and over this time has worked with Pig Iron Theatre Company, BalletX, anonymous bodies, Geoff Sobelle, Thaddeus Phillips and others. With his brother Billy, he received an Obie Award for design with rainpan 43’s machines machines machines machines machines machines machines, and shared a Bessie award with the entire design team for Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson in 2015. Steven and Billy co-teach sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and are represented by the Fleisher/Ollman gallery in Philadelphia. Their work is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the West Collection and many private collections.
Brandon Wolcott, Sound Designer
Brandon is an NYC-based sound designer and composer. Off-Broadway: The Profane (Playwrights Horizons) Venus, Everybody, Signature Plays (Signature); The Record, The Fever (600 Highwaymen/Public Theater); Coriolanus, Hit the Wall (Barrow Street); Kill Floor (LCT3); The Nether (Lortel nomination, MCC); Good Person of Szechwan, Titus Andronicus (Public); Habeas Corpus, Kiss the Air (Park Avenue Armory), Equivocation (MTC). Collaborations with Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson, Faye Driscoll, Nicolas Jaar, Elizabeth Streb, Woodshed Collective, Red Bull, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb and many more.
Christopher Kuhl, Lighting Designer
Christopher is a lighting, scenic and installation designer for new performance, theatre, dance and opera. Recent work includes: The Elephant Room (St. Ann’s Warehouse); Straight White Men (Young Jean Lee’s Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, Kaai Theater, Centre Pompidou); The Institute of Memory (The Public, T:BA Festival); Citizen (Reggie Wilson Fist and Heel, BAM); The Source (BAM); Dog Days (Prototype Festival, REDCAT, LA Opera); ABACUS (Early Morning Opera, BAM, Sundance Film Festival, EMPAC); Quartier Libres with Nadia Beugré (New York Live Arts, Walker Art Center); Cipher (Samita Sinha, The Kitchen). He was also the Production Manager and Lighting Director for Ralph Lemon’s How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? He has also had the pleasure of working and making art at the The Chocolate Factory, Fusebox Festival, On the Boards, San Fransisco Symphony, Jacob’s Pillow, Carnegie Hall, Santa Fe Opera, Beijing Music Festival, Queer Zagreb, MAC France, Santiago a Mil Chile, and the Holland Festival. He has received two Ovation awards and a Sherwood, Drammy, Horton award. He also received a 2014 and 2015 Bessie award for Outstanding Visual Design. He is originally from New Mexico, a graduate of CalArts, and an associate artist of Hand2Mouth Theatre.
Steve Cuiffo, Illusion Designer
Steve creates unique performance, art, theater and magic. He is an actor and magician who makes solo, as well as, collaborative works with other artists and theater companies. His work incorporates aspects of sleight of hand, misdirection, imitation and re-enactment. Theater credits include: Queen of the Night (as Sarastro); Elephant Room (with Geoff Sobelle and Trey Lyford); Spirit Wife (with Eleanor Hutchins); Steve Cuiffo IS Lenny Bruce AT "Carnegie Hall" (St. Ann's Warehouse); North Atlantic (Wooster Group); Next Stop: Amazingland (Center Theatre Group), Digital Effects (Off The Grid); Hell Meets Henry Halfway (Pig Iron Theatre); Fluke (Radiohole); The Passion of the Crawford (with Lypsinka); Major Bang (Foundry Theater); Patriot Act - A Public Meditation (New York Theatre Workshop). Steve is a two-time Princeton University Atelier recipient Artist. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Conjuring Arts Research Center in New York.
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.
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