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Trey Lyford

Professional Residency

Years: 2015, 2016

TREY LYFORD recently moved to Philadelphia and is a theatre creator, director and performer. He is also a teacher and a founding Co-Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed physical theatre company rainpan 43 performance group. With longtime collaborator Geoff Sobelle, Lyford has co-created and performed in all five of their shows. Following a world tour of their first piece all wear bowlers (2005 Drama Desk Nomination, Innovative Theatre Award), rainpan 43 presented Amnesia Curiosa (2006) and the Obie award winning kinetic junk sculpture play machines, machines, machines, machines, machines, machines machines. Then, through a commission from LA’s Center Theatre Group in 2009 (and in collaboration with actor/magician Steve Cuiffo) they created and toured the mind bending Magic extravaganza Elephant Room. Currently in development is their dark meditation on space and consciousness SubOrbital.

In addition to his work with rainpan 43, Mr. Lyford develops and produces works as an individual artist and is an Associate with the Obie-Award winning company The Civilians (Gone Missing, Nobody’s Lunch, Paris Commune, The Great Immensity). He has created original pieces with Philadelphia’s Pig Iron and San Francisco’s Joe Goode Performance Group as well as Norway's Jo Strømgren Kompani. Internationally, Lyford's work has been seen in Australia, Italy, Germany, Korea, Norway and the United Kingdom, as well as in the U.S. at Philadelphia's FringeArts, LA's Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, HBO Aspen Comedy Fest, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, The Public Theatre, St. Ann's Warehouse, HERE Arts Center and theatres throughout NYC.

​Trey is a Princess Grace Award and Fabergé Theatre Excellence Award recipient and his work has received support from NYSCA, Princeton Atelier, Creative Capital and NEFA. He has taught numerous workshops both domestically and abroad and has been a professor at the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory, UCSD and Princeton University. Currently he is on the MFA faculty at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. He lives in Philadelphia. He has a new dog. BA: Vassar, MFA: UCSD

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