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Karinne Keithley Syers

Northampton, MA      

Karinne Keithley Syers is a writer and interdisciplinary performance artist. Plays include A Tunnel Year (Chocolate Factory Theater, 2016), Another Tree Dance (Chocolate Factory, 2013), Do Not Do this Ever Again (Ice Factory, 2008), Tenderenda (Danspace Project, 2005), Four Fruits (Surf Reality, 2000), and Montgomery Park, or Opulence (Incubator Arts Project, 2010), for which she won a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Production. She was a two-time a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, a member of the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, a two-time member of Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse, and is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. She founded 53rd State Press, home to her editorial experiments as a participant-historian of the downtown performance community. She co-founded Ur, a dance palace (2003-5), instigated the playwright think tank Joyce Cho, and co-hosted (with Jason Grote) the Acousmatic Theater Hour on WFMU. She collaborated as a performer, librettist, sound and video designer, and choreographer, with artists including Big Dance Theater, David Neumann, Young Jean Lee, Sibyl Kempson, Theater of a Two Headed Calf, Chris Yon, The Civilians, and Talking Band. She is currently completing her first documentary film with Jennie Liu. MFA in Playwriting, Brooklyn College (2006); PhD in English, CUNY Graduate Center (2014). She currently teaches playwriting and performance at Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and Bard Microcollege Holyoke.

Excerpt from Another Tree Dance

Another Tree Dance is solo performance in text, sound, movement, and slide projection that takes the shape of a series of abyssal dives and aerial floats. Elementally simple sections combine to create an environment both serene and sometimes bracing. The performance bears an occult relation to my scholarship on Ralph Waldo Emerson, animating an image field of anatomy, glittering, natural history, transmission and reception, sleep sides, and first person strangeness.

Mount Tremper Arts, June, 2013
The Chocolate Factory Theater, Oct 2013

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Some Things Cease To Be While Others Still Are

A radio play which I wrote, recorded and sound designed, created as the score to a puppet play, workshopped at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2006. A play about death, set in a parable of four early kings of England in a limbo state.

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