Geoff Sobelle is a theatre artist dedicated to the “sublime ridiculous.” Using illusion, film and out-dated mechanics, Sobelle creates surreal, poetic pieces that look for humanity where you least expect it and find grace where no one is looking.  He is the co-artistic director of rainpan 43, a renegade absurdist outfit devoted to creating original actor-driven performance works.  R43’s shows include: all wear bowlers (Innovative Theatre Award, Drama Desk nomination), Amnesia Curiosa, machines machines machines machines machines machines machines (OBIE award – design), and Elephant Room (commissioned by Center Theatre Group). His independent work includes Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl (Edinburgh Fringe First Award) and The Object Lesson (Fringe First Award, Carol Tambor Award, Total Theatre Award, NYTimes Critics Pick)He has been a company member of Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre Company since 2001. All of his work to date has premiered at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival before touring nationally and internationally. As a teacher, Geoff has led workshops all over the world in devised theatre creation, physical approach to character, clown and “jeu.” He is a core teacher at the Pig Iron school in Philadelphia (APT) and is on faculty at Bard College. His work has been supported by the MAP Fund, the  Independence Foundation, the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, the Wyncote Foundation, US Arts International, the Princeton Atelier and the New England Foundation for the Arts. He is a 2006 Pew Fellow and is a 2009 Creative Capital grantee. He is a graduate of Stanford University, and trained in physical theatre at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France.

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