Bard Faculty

Geoff Sobelle

Visiting Artist in Residence

Primary Academic Program: Theater and Performance


BA, Stanford University. Physical theater training, École Internationale de Théâtre de Jacques Lecoq; clown training with Philippe Gaulier, David Shiner, Giovanni Fusetti, Chris Bayes. An award-winning performer, director, and creator of original theater. He is a member of the Pig Iron Theater Company, which was awarded an Obie in 2005 for Hell Meets Henry Halfway. His production of machines machines machines machines machines machines machines won a 2010 Obie Award for design. Other honors include a 2005 Innovative Theatre Award for best performance art piece, all wear bowlers, which also received a Drama Desk Award nomination; and Barrymore Award nominations for best supporting actor and best choreography. He has also been awarded grants and fellowships from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Creative Capital, Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, among others. He is coartistic director of the absurdist theater group rainpan 43, which has toured extensively around the world and whose productions include, in addition to all wear bowlers, Elephant Room and Amnesia Curiosa. His independent work includes His independent work includes HOME, a large-scale performance work commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New Zealand Festival, and Edinburgh International Festival; Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl (Edinburgh Fringe First Award) and The Object Lesson (Edinburgh Fringe First Award, Carol Tambor Award, Total Theatre Award, New York Times Critics Pick).