Geoff Sobelle

2006 Pew Fellow

1/3: Geoff Sobelle in The Object Lesson at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz, courtesy of Center Theatre Group.
2/3: Geoff Sobelle, 2006 Pew Fellow. The Object Lesson at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz, courtesy of Center Theatre Group.
3/3: Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford, and Geoff Sobelle of Elephant Room. Photo by Greg Costanzo.

Lecoq-trained theater artist Geoff Sobelle (Pew Fellow, 2006) calls himself “a dedicated absurdist.” For Sobelle, comedy is the highest form of art, and illusion, film, and outdated mechanics appear to humorous effect in his works as well as those he creates with Trey Lyford for their company, rainpan 43. Sobelle lists Chaplin, Beckett, Rube Goldberg, and Magritte among his influences. The Center has supported productions of All Wear Bowlers; machines, machines, machines, machines, machines, machines, machines; Flesh and Blood and Fish and Fowl; and Elephant Room, as well as the development of The Object Room, a solo performance. Sobelle is a card-carrying member of the Society of American Magicians.


Grants & Grantees

Founded in Philadelphia in 1980, Piffaro performs 15th- through 17th-century music.

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University presents theater artists Suli Holum and David Bradley’s play A Fierce Kind of Love at Ursinus College.

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Inis Nua produced the North American premiere of Michael West’s play, which incorporates a combination of performance techniques.

Grants & Grantees

An urban performing arts center on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the Annenberg Center presents touring theater, jazz, and world music.

Grants & Grantees

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At age 33, Germaine Ingram (Pew Fellow, 2010) took up dance under the tutelage of a Philadelphia tap legend, the late LaVaughn Robinson (a 1992 Pew Fellow).

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Grants & Grantees

New Paradise Laboratories is an experimental performance ensemble that explores radical means to bend conventional ideas of theater.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kate Valk is a founding member of New York-based theater collective Wooster Group, and has performed with the group for nearly four decades.