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Phantom Limb Company

New York, NY   

Phantom Limb Company, New York City-based, is known for its work with marionette-puppetry and focus on collaborative, multi-media theatrical production and design. Co-founded in 2007 by installation artist, painter and set designer Jessica Grindstaff and composer and puppet maker Erik Sanko, Phantom Limb has been lauded for its unconventional approach to this venerable format. Phantom Limb includes a large rotating cast of friends, collaborators, artists, dancers and puppeteers. In their short career, Phantom Limb has produced “The Fortune Teller”, “Dear Mme.,”, “The Devil You Know” with Ping Chong, “Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead” with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and “69˚ S.” with The Kronos Quartet and Peer Gynt with Republique theatre in Denmark.  Future productions include “Tesla in New York”, an opera directed by Jim Jaramusch with Composer Phil Kline, a kite opera, and “Memory Rings”, the life and times of the world’s oldest living tree.

Phantom Limb has received generous support and grants from the Jim Henson Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the National Science Foundation Artist and Writers Program, The New York State Composer’s Grant, the MAP Fund, Edith Luytens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund as well as being Hermitage Artist Residency Fellows and Recipients of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award.


69 DEGREES SOUTH is Phantom Limb’s first full length production in a trilogy dedicated to an exploration of human’s relationship to the environment. It premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2011. The piece told the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s doomed Endurance expedition in 1912 in juxtaposition with a future scape of a changing Antarctica.

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Memory Rings Trailer

This video contains interviews about process and inspiration for Phantom Limb’s next full length theatrical endeavor as well as work-in-progress footage at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency.

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Clip from The Fortune Teller

The Fortune Teller is Phantom Limb’s first theatrical piece created in conjunction with an astounding pool of talented artists. It was originally conceived with the support of a Henson Foundation grant, an LMCC swing space grant and was produced by the HERE Arts Center.
The Fortune Teller premiered in the fall of 2006 in NYC and has since toured to the UCLA Live Arts Festival in the fall of 2007 and Dartmouth College Hopkins Center in 2008.
Its overwhelming success led to our company’s inception.

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