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GEOFF SOBELLE, Choreographer/Performer

Geoff Sobelle is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist dedicated to the “sublime ridiculous.” He is the co-artistic director of rainpan 43, a renegade absurdist outfit devoted to creating and touring original actor-driven performance works. R43’s shows include: all wear bowlersAmnesia Curiosa; the rube-goldberg-inspired kinetic junk play machines machines machines machines machines machines machines; and the upcoming magic spectacular, Elephant Room (commissioned by Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles). He has been an active company member of Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre Company since 2001. Sobelle’s independent work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, US Artists International, the Wyncote Foundation, the Independence Foundation and the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. His work has received an Innovative Theatre Award, a Drama Desk nomination (all wear bowlers) an OBIE award for design (machines machines machines machines machines machines machines), and an Edinburgh Fringe First Award (Flesh and Blood Fish and Fowl). Sobelle received a 2006 Pew Fellowship in the Arts as a performance artist and is a 2009 Creative Capital grantee. He is a graduate of Stanford University, and trained at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France.

 

ANNIE SAUNDERS, Core Performer

Annie Saunders is a performer, director, theatre-maker, and AIDA-certified freediver. She trained as an actor at the Sanford Meisner Center and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and holds a BA and MA in English literature from the University of London. She has worked for ten years as a creative activist with Eve Ensler's V-Day. In London she co-founded See You Next Tuesday, a fresh and provocative festival for International Women's Day comprising two weeks of experimental work exploring gender, sexuality and feminism. Her new company, Wilderness, debuted The Day Shall Declare It, a site-responsive, immersive production exploring themes of work, labor and economics at the Bush Theatre in London in 2012. The company presented Leaves of Grass, a study of the biology of identity and the look-alike phenomenon in couples, at REDCAT in 2013.

 

ORLANDO PABOTOY, Performer

Orlando Pabotoy is a performer based in New York City. He most recently performed in Jedermann as part of the Salzburger Festspiele (Austria) and I Understand Everything Better (Advanced Beginner Group) by David Neumann. Orlando has worked nationally and Internationally at Lamama Etc., The Public Theater, The Met Opera House, Classic Stage Company, New York Theater Workshop, The Old Globe, Yale Repertory Theater, Ma-Yi Theater, Center Theater Workshop, Yale Repertory Theater, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, to name a few. He has been featured on television and Film productions on Comedy Central, CBS, NBC and WB. Orlando teaches internationally in the Philippines, Netherlands and Italy. He has received an OBIE, John Houseman Award; he is also a Fox Fellow. Orlando is currently a Faculty member for the TSOA Drama Department and is the founder and Artistic Director of the Artigiani Theater Troupe.

 

LUA SHAYENNE, Performer

Lua Shayenne is a performer, choreographer and educator based in Toronto, Canada. She is the Artistic Director and choreographer of African dance company, Lua Shayenne and Company, through which she created cos.mo.pol.i.tan (2014), Djaa (2013) and Departure 00:00 (2012). These productions have been featured throughout Canada, including the Harbourfront Centre, the Festival International Danse Encore (Québec) and the Lower Ossignton Theatre. The Company has also been featured in several major international venues and festival including Dusk Dances, Dance ON Dance Weekend, Francophonie en Fête, Amnesty International’s Dance for Justice (Enwave Theatre), Kuumba, Afrofest, to name a few. As a choreographer Shayenne has developed work for Dusk Dances, Porch View Dances, North Albion, Iona Css, No Man’s Land, NIA centre, Art Starts Youth.  In October 2014 she was featured in the first public performance of Lars Jans’ Holoscenes at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche Festival. She has also worked

Dalia El Abad (Egypt), Christina Towle (USA/France), Mziyanda Mancam (South Africa), Karen Kaeja (Kaeja D’dance), Bakari E. Lindsay (COBA), Kevin Ormsby (Kashedance), De-Napoli Clarke (RJC Dance, UK), Chester Whitmore (L.A), and the late Eleo Pomare (NYC). Ms.Shayenne facilitates dance/theatre workshops for Prologue for the Arts (North Albion), Driftwood & Harbourfront Community Centres, Recognize the Real, YAG, Art Starts, Falstaff Girls Club, to name a few. She was awarded one of 12 spots reserved for outstanding dancers in the Choreographers Lab/ Community Arts Practice (Jacob’s Pillow/2008/US) and the Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO SEEDS FUND (2013).

 

BEN KAMINO, Performer

Benjamin Kamino is an artist living and working between Montreal and Toronto. His work has been shown in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Kamino maintains his practice as a dancer by engaging in contracts with independent choreographers as well as dance companies most notably, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Ame Henderson, Michael Trent, Sasha Kleinplatz and Virgil Baruchal. Kamino holds a BFA in Dance for the Tisch School for the Arts (NYU), and is currently a curator at Dancemakers Centre for Creation (Toronto).