My Awarded Projects
Skysaver ProductionsNew York, OH
Skysaver Productions, under the direction of Theodora Skipitares, was founded 30 years ago and has created 25 original works for theater. Almost all of these works featured the commission of original scores by leading contemporary composers, including Virgil Moorefield, Pat Irwin, Bobby Previte, Yukio Tsuji, David First and Sxip Shirey.
For the past 8 years, Ms. Skipitares and Sxip Shirey have collaborated on 7 projects.
This award-winning company has created ground-breaking interdisciplinary works that combine music, a variety of puppetry styles, and documentary texts, The company has worked extensively on developing an international presence, creating new work and teaching workshops in Italy, Turkey, India, Korea, Singapore, as well as the U.S. Based in New York City, we have presented a season of new work each year at La MaMa E.T.C. as well as at the First and Fourth International Festivals of Puppet Theater at the Joseph Papp Public Theater.
Skysaver Productions is committed to performing in non-traditional spaces for underserved audiences. Projects include IPHIGENIA, created in Minneapolis for Ten Thousand Things Theater Company. IPHIGENIA was performed throughout prisons and shelters in the Twin Cities area. In the past few years, our organization has been conducting shadow puppet/literacy workshops for incarcerated young adults on Riker’s Island Prison in New York City.
Skysaver Productions creates and presents multi-media theater works, as well as installations. We presented short excerpts of our production THE CHAIRS at a community space in downtown Brooklyn, as well as the Whitney Museum in Manhattan, as well at the Ellen Stewart Theater in New York City. A work-in-progress version of THERE’S BLOOD AT THE WEDDING: Songs for Lorca was presented at The New School in December 2016.
Women of Troy
The Traveling Players Present the Women of Troy is a multi-media performance by Theodora Skipitares and Sxip Shirey with 13- foot puppets, life-size puppets , video and live music. Giant representations of contemporary real-life activists from Africa and Afghanistan, such as Zimbabwe’s Jenni Williams interact with characters from Euripides’ ancient play about captive women about to become slaves.