- Who We Are
Triple Shadow creates theater and film
with live music, real-time video projections,
masks, puppetry and dance
challenging artistic boundaries,
revealing the interconnectedness
between human cultures and nature
the collaborative process is intercultural and interdisciplinary, affecting audiences in sensory and subconscious ways
questions arise: what is sound? what is hearing? what is light? what is the nature of energy and movement? what are the boundaries between one mind and another, one moment and another, one culture and another, one species and another?
We are dedicated to sharing this work with diverse communities.
Who We Are
Triple Shadow’s unique combination of comic, subtle and transcendent elements evokes the world of nature as an active force in the unfolding of human events. The collaborative's approach reflects technique and spirit of diverse cultural sources. These include Bali and Java, where Beth Skinner and Edward Herbst have spent more than four years doing performance and research.
Triple Shadow’s dramatic worlds are manifested through striking visual imagery and music in an innovative style linking mask and puppet characterization with extraordinary voices, dance and acting. The evolving style of speech, chant and song uses overtone harmonics and other multiphonics, microtonal slides, yodels and calls. Within the group’s performance aesthetic, visual elements are animate and set design is always in motion and interactive.
The company is a collaboration between director Beth Skinner, composer/musician Edward Herbst, designers Jun Maeda and WindRose Morris, video/lighting designer Paul Clay, video artist Nico Herbst, video operator Chang-Jin Lee, costume designers Mari Andrejco and Heidi Henderson, and interdisciplinary performers Mari Andrejco, Sara Bragdon, Seamus Maynard, and WindRose Morris. Additional collaborators have included artists from Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia, Hungary, Romania and Russia.
In 2003, Triple Shadow formed an exploratory partnership with the performance companies Artus/Company Gábor Goda (with Ernst Süss) from Budapest, Hungary and Toaca from Bucharest, Romania, directed by Nona Ciobanu and Iulian Baltatescu, to pursue new directions and contexts for performance and future collaborations (in consultation with Philip Arnoult and the Center for International Theatre Development).
Triple Shadow creates and rehearses at its Performance Barn in East Otis, South Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and also maintains a base in New York City and an annual season in New York State.
Press coverage for The Belle of Amherst
Berkshire Theater Reviews - Gail M. Burns
Berkshires Week - Kate Abbot
The Berkshire Review for the Arts - Deborah Brown
The Rogovoy Report - Seth Rogovoy
The Buzz - Larry Murray
"Theater pieces billed as multimedia often
turn out to be regular plays with a couple
of video projections tossed in. The Triple Shadow company’s “Alice: End of Daze,” which takes
its inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s “Through
the Looking Glass,” is a true and often graceful
blend of forms…The piece (at La MaMa E.T.C.)...
using music, dialogue that comes from actors
and puppets, and video that resembles art
gallery installations...is no children's story,
but a reminder of how often kiddie tales are nightmares about fleeting time and death.”
— Caryn James, New York Times, May 2008
"Triple Shadow brings Alice’s colorful world—along
with the confusion it inspires—to
multidimensional, thought-provoking life...The
audience is brought
into the young girl’s mind
frame through spinning, morphing, and vanishing projections; characters
that shrink and grow in size...
— Ronni Rich, Backstage, April 2008
“The music is performed live on stage during
the show; a refreshing taste compared to
many off-Broadway productions that choose
to generate the score in a studio and replay
it using a theater’s speaker system...While
dark and nightmare-inspiring, composer Edward Herbst's score is strikingly original...A visual and
audio feast for the mind, Alice: End of Daze takes
us to the brink of our imaginations.”
— Nick Breault, Show Business Weekly, May 2008
ecological opera of sound, shadow
and spirit that ranges from the chilling
to the cartoonish to the quietly transcendent.”
— Mark Gevisser, The Village Voice
“Imagine the Marx Brothers performing a
play written by Samuel Becket, directed by
David Lynch, and accompanied by the Throat
Singers of Tuva.”
Seth Rogovoy, WAMC Northeast Public Radio
“Theater handcrafted from pure timeless
raw material...leaves me floating, rested,
purged, and high.”
Allen Kennedy, The Village Voice
“Even the most mundane of sites
was transformed into the mystical...”
— Marjorie Pritchard, The Boston Globe
“...at once disturbing, soothing
and beautiful; they speak a language
to children and adults alike. ”
— Karen Shreefter, The Berkshire Courier
“In its use of masks and puppetry,
its visual textures and palette,
the ritual nature of its storytelling,
“Arctic Circle” resonates with the
voice of an ancient culture reaching
across a vast expanse of time to touch
this culture and society in ways
that are as new as they are old.”
— Jeffrey Borak, The Berkshire Eagle
“We are witness to an accumulation
of natural sounds and images which have
mysterious, mythic power... dazzling.”
— David Sears, Involvement, New York Puppetry Guild
“Skinner and Herbst show great skill
at these techniques...approaching the
strange, grave beauty of their sources.”
Robert Massa, The Village Voice
BETH SKINNER (director) has premiered 10 productions at La MaMa E.T.C. with support from the theater programs of NEA, NYSCA and Massachusetts Cultural Council, as well as grants from NEA Opera and NEA Multidisciplinary Program. The company has toured to Egypt, Italy, Mexico, Baltimore, Boston, Santa Fe, Toledo, Bread & Puppet Circus, countless small New England towns, and at Theater for the New City, Judson Church, and Movement Research. As director of Triple Shadow, she has collaborated with artists from Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia and Russia.
In 2003 she initiated an exploratory partnership with the performance companies Artus from Hungary and Toaca from Romania, to pursue new directions and contexts for performance.
Beth is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique, originated by her aunt, Joan Skinner. For three years she studied and performed mask dance theater in Indonesia, with Nyoman Kakul and other masters, and researched the aesthetics of traditional and experimental performance practice, sponsored by the National Dance College of Bali. Jacobs Research Fund supported a residency with Salish Native Americans of British Columbia.
Skinner’s works, Arctic Circle and Sea Change, were presented at the Cairo 2005 International Festival for Experimental Theatre., for which she received Recognition for Directing.
EDWARD HERBST (composer-musician) comes from a contemporary music orientation of improvisation and acoustic experimentation. Drawn to exploring new aesthetics and cultures, he traveled to Bali and Java on a Fulbright and then on Asian Cultural Council and Ford Foundation grants, researching vocal and gamelan music for dance and shadow puppet theater for four years.
PAUL CLAY (video and lighting design) is a multi media artist and designer who’s recent work includes set lighting and video design for the National Theatre Wales, Volcano Theatre, Welsh National Opera co production “Shelf Life”, Swansea, Wales and De Nederlandse Opera’s “Commedia”, Amsterdam, Netherlands. He has also done set, lighting, and video design with Mabou Mines, Susan Marshall, David Dorfman, NYTW, BAM, and many more in the New York theater and dance community. He received the 2004 Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards Best Design, for “Perfect” at Contact Theatre, Manchester, UK. He designed the set for the Pulitzer prize-winning Broadway musical “Rent”, and received a 1997 Municipal Arts Society Times Square Spectacular Award from Tibor Kalman for his redesign of the marquee and exterior of the Nederlander Theater, as well as a 1997 Drama Desk award, for “Rent”, Los Angeles. Other awards include the National Endowment for the Arts/ TCG Fellowship, and the Bessie award. He is also active in the New York night scene and has done visual projections for numerous club nights and party crews including DJ Rekha’s Basement Bhangra, Bollywood Disco, Lipstick Optional, Blackkat, Sholay, Vinylholic, Complacent/The Danger and many others. As a video artist, he has been reviewed in such publications as ARTnews, The New York Times, The London Times, Time Out (New York and London), The Guardian of London, Tema Celeste, Print, and Zingmagazine. More information on Paul's work can be found on his website.
He attended H.S. of Music and Art in New York City, received a B.A. from Bennington College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. He has performed his music and theater works throughout the U.S., Canada (Traditions Musicales du Monde) in Europe (Festival Pantelleria, Sicily and Theatre Grutli, Geneva, Switzerland), Egypt (Cairo 2005 International Festival for Experimental Theatre) and Mexico (Festival Cervantino). As composer and solo vocalist, he was commissioned by Sardono Kusumo's experimental Indonesian dance theatre company to collaborate on MAHA BUTA as well as Sardono’s film, The Sorceress of Dirah, in Indonesia.
His book, VOICES IN BALI: Energies and Perceptions in Vocal Music and Dance Theater, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 1997. A new CD of his solo vocal music, sensations of tone, is currently in production.
MARI ANDREJCO (performer) has been a theater performer, director, producer, writer and teaching artist for over three decades. Trained by Sandford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC, she also holds a BA in theater from Temple University. Ms. Andrejco has performed in Europe and the U.S., done stage acting, television and video, appearing as Queen Elizabeth I and Susan B. Anthony for PBS, working with Shakespeare and Company, Triple Shadow, and the Pleiades Company which she co-founded. Her dramatic portrayal of E. Dickinson has been performed all over the Northeast.
Ms. Andrejco also teaches at the Institute for Arts in Education in the Albany schools. As teacher/director of Troy’s LEEP Program, Mari taught social action theater, which redirects the impulses of inner city kids towards a more creative way of handling their troubled lives; inculcating ethical behavior, providing a safe place for young teens and fostering a sense of community.
SARA BRAGDON (performer) holds a B.F.A. in Dance from Julliard and an M.A. in Dance Research and Reconstruction from CUNY City College in N.Y. She has danced in Bill T. Jones "Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin," with Pooh Kaye’s Eccentric Motions at Jacob’s Pilow and La MaMa, and spent five years with Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works. She has taught at several schools and colleges in the Northeast.
Most recently, Sara has spent some time with Bread and Puppet Theater where she and her children Ella and Thomas have been able to perform together in aesthetic-tragic-comedies. In addition to raising her children and performing with Triple Shadow, Sara practices massage therapy.
NICO HERBST (video artist) has exhibited and performed in the U.S., the UK, Italy, and Germany, most recently at the European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck. He recently relocated from NYC to Southern California.
CHANG-JIN LEE (video projection artist) is a visual artist. She has exhibited including at The Incheon Women Artists' Biennale, The World Financial Center Winter Garden, The Queens Museum of Art, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Asian American Arts Centre, and The Bronx River Art Center; Awards include The Asian Women Giving Circle Award, The Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant, The New York Foundation for the Arts Fiscal Sponsorship Award, The World Financial Center Sponsorship, The Puffin Foundation Grant; Artist residencies include The World Financial Center Artist Residency, The Youkobo Art Space, The Bamboo Curtain Studio, and Taipei Artist Village, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop; Reviews include The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Daily News, Public Art, New York Arts, The Los Angeles Times, The World Journal, Metro, New York Press, The Korea Times, The Washington Journal, and The Associated Press.
JUN MAEDA (scenic design) has been Resident Set Designer at La MaMa E.T.C. since 1975. He has collaborated with Andrei Serban, Joseph Chaiken, Jonas Jurasas, John Jesurun, Ellen Stewart, Jean Claude van Itallie, Linda Mussman, Tokyo Kid Brothers, Francois Kourilsky, Otrabanda & Talking Band. He received a 1981 OBIE Award for Sustained Achievement in Set Design, & 1981 Villager Award for Set Design. Maeda has been a member of Triple Shadow since 1989, as co-conceiver of several productions.
SEAMUS MAYNARD (actor) has performed with Le Groupov-Belgian National Theater, Julian Crouch's Improbable Theater at Walker Arts Center, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, the Actors’ Ensemble, and London's Barbican. He studied at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
WINDROSE MORRIS (mask & puppet design): As both a visual and performing artist WindRose has performed and created in the US, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France. She holds a BA in Creative Dramatic Writing from the Union Institute and University.
Her training includes work with Shakespeare & Company, the Omega Institute, Celtic Shamanic training with Geo Cameron, Shamanic training in the UK and a four year apprenticeship in Mexihka Pactli (holistic Aztec medicine) with indigenous healer Eloxochitl Ivonne Buedia Sanchez.
She has had the pleasure of performing with Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson on film, has starred in a television movie, Hitting Home, aired on HBO, some of her puppet creatures have found their way into a film Under the Bed, which received honorable mention at Sundance. Other notable projects have taken place at The British Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, BBC Television Centre in London and both the Oxford and Cambridge Botanical Gardens in the UK.
Teaching includes: The School of the Science of Acting, The Method Studio, and Eastside Educational Trust in London. She directed a new play for The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2004. She has performed as a storyteller for the anniversary celebration of the Entente Cordiale in Paris.
Triple Shadow Board of Directors
Beth Skinner (President)
Edward Herbst (Treasurer)
Libbie Shufro (Secretary)
AdLib Consulting (Former President and CEO, Boston Center for the Arts)
Jamaica Plain, MA
General Manager, River Valley Market
Managing Director, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA (former General Manager, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival)
Set, Lighting, & Video Projection Designer for Theater and Events
New York, NY