Sunday, April 10, 2011

Guest Blogger of the Week: Jonothon Lyons

We loved hearing from our friend Jeff Riebe last week.

We are excited to announce that our guest blogger for next week is Jonothon Lyons.

Jonothon Lyons is an interdisciplinary theater artist living in New York City. He has worked over the last five years primarily as a performer in mask, puppetry, and physical theater. He was a performing company member with Imago Theatre from 2006 to 2010, has toured internationally with Imago’s signature mask productions Frogz and Biglittlethings, and in the Spring of 2009 he became a member of the original cast of ZooZoo. Imago's productions are created and directed by Jerry Maouwad and Carol Triffle and based deeply in the mask theatre performance style of Jacques Lecoq. In September 2009 he collaborated with projection designer Daniel Brodie on an original mask theater piece titled The Tenement which ran at HERE Arts Center as part of the 2009 Autumn Artist Lodge. The Tenement was nominated for eight 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Awards including Outstanding Production of a Play and Jonothon received the award for Outstanding Original Short Script. In October of last year he was a puppeteer on the title character in Mois├ęs Kaufman’s El Gato con Botas at the New Victory Theatre. The production was a collaboration between Tectonic Theater Project and Gotham Chamber Opera with puppetry by Nick Barns and Mark Down of Blind Summit Theatre from London. In November he joined the cast of Basil Twist’s Petrushka and performed at the Paramount Theater in Boston. Petrushka is currently in performance at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia through April 18. Jonothon also worked under Twist in 2009 at Tandem Otter Productions helping to build the puppets for The Addams Family: A New Musical. Other New York credits include Alive 1 at English Kills Art Gallery, A Timeless Kaidan at Theater for the New City, both by Garnica LEIMAY performance company, Beyond the Mind by Allie Avital Tsypin, RAN at HERE Arts Center, and The Secret History of the Swedish Cottage by Tom Lee and Matt Acheson. Most recently Jonothon has joined the New York company of Blue Man Group and will be performing as a Blueman at the Astor Place Theatre through July. 

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