Geoff Sobelle is an actor, director and creator of original performance works. A dedicated absurdist, he uses illusion, film and home-spun mechanics to create surreal, poetic pieces that look for humanity where you least expect it and find grace where no one is looking. His work is deeply collaborative and reflects long time partnerships with other independent artists. His most recent works include: HOME (recently presented at BAM Next Wave) and The Object Lesson (BAM Next Wave “14. Bessie Award, Edinburgh Fringe First, Total Theater, and Best of Edinburgh Awards), which was presented last season at New York Theatre Workshop. Other recent work includes: Hear Their There Here (a site-specific installation currently at St. Ann’s Warehouse): Holoscenes (an aquatic performance/installation created with Lars Jan) and Pandaemonium (a multi-media dance piece created with Nichole Canuso and Lars Jan). His work with Trey Lyford under the name Rainpan 43 includes: all wear bowlers (a dreamscape clown vaudeville – Drama Desk Nomination), Amnesia Curiosa, (a cabinet of curiosities, spirits and forgotten family), machines machines machines machines machines machines (a rube-goldberg-inspired junk play – Obie Award for Dufala Bros* design) and Elephant Room (a surreal magical spectacle created with Steve Cuiffo). Independent work includes Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl (a comedy about human extinction – Edinburgh Fringe-First award). Before coming to New York, Geoff lived in Philadelphia where he created and performed original works with Pig Iron Theater Company for twelve years. Geoff was among the first teachers at the Pig Iron School, an accredited two-year physical theater training program in Philly. Other Philadelphia collaborations include: Headlong Dance Theatre, Subcircle, NCDC and Thaddeus Phillips Intercontinental. Almost all of his original works have premiered at the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival.
In New York, his work has been seen at BAM Next Wave, St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York Live Arts, HERE Arts Center, BRIC, Clubbed Thumb and Bard College; nationally in Philadelphia (FringeArts), Boston (Arts Emerson). Washington DC (Studio Theater), Minneapolis (Walker Arts Center), Columbus (Wexner Center), San Francisco (Curran, Theater Artaud), Berkeley (Berkeley Rep), Los Angeles (Kirk Douglas Theatre), La Jolla (La Jolla Playhouse); internationally in the UK (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London Mime Festival/ Barbican); France (Paris Festival d’Ete); Gemany (Ruhrfestspiele); Poland (Konfrontacja Teatralne Festival); Australia (Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, Commonwealth Games); South Korea (BIPAF), New Zealand (NZ Festival), Taiwan (Taipei Arts Festival).
Geoff is a Pew Fellow and a Creative Capital grantee. He is a graduate of Stanford University and trained in physical theater at the Lecoq school in Paris.