Designed and Directed
by Theodora Skipitares
THEODORA SKIPITARES is a multi-media artist and director who has been creating her own works for the last 20 years. Trained as a sculptor and designer, she began creating personal solo performances in the mid 70s. Gradually, she moved away from autobiography and began to examine social and historical themes. Realistic, life-size puppet figures, as well as miniature ones, became the performers in large-scale works that included live music, film, and video. These works include The Age of Invention, an examination of three centuries of American invention featuring 300 puppets, Defenders of the Code, a history of eugenics, and The Radiant City, a music-theater work based on the life of Robert Moses. More recent projects include Under the Knife, a history of medicine, and Body of Crime, a history of women in prison. Ms. Skipitares has received six NEA grants, three NYFA Fellowships, a UNIMA Citation for Excellence in Puppetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and a McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, among others. Her visual work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and Europe. Last year, she traveled to Vietnam with Ellen Stewart, where they developed an opera with the National Theater and the Vietnamese National Water Puppet Theater. Recently, Ms. Skipitares directed and designed a production of Charles Ludlamıs The Enchanted Pig for the Sundance Theater.
BARRY GREENHUT has collaborated with Ms. Skipitares for several years. Body of Crime, their number opera about women in prison, premiered a year ago at La MaMa E.T.C.; it will be expanded and restaged there next spring. Earlier this year they recreated Charles Ludlamıs The Enchanted Pig as a musical for the Sundance Childrenıs Theater. They have collaborated on installations here in New York and for the Assos Festival in Turkey and the Fial Festival in Montenegro. Mr. Greenhut also composes music for contemporary and silent film (Hal Hartleyıs Surviving Desire, Andrew Petersonıs Safe Storage, Windsor McKayıs The Centaurs) and radio (with his own group, Ether).