Roberto Salomon, Director
Since 2003, Roberto Salomon has directed the Teatro Luis Poma, the first privately-owned theater functioning year-round in his native El Salvador. In Geneva, Switzerland, he has been directing and teaching theater for the past 25 years. This is his third production with Sandglass Theater.
Eric Bass, Performer, Co-Founding Artistic Director of Sandglass
Eric has worked for thirty years as a director, playwright, performer, and mask and puppet maker. In 1982, he founded Sandglass Theater in Munich, Germany, with his wife, Ines Zeller Bass. As a director, Eric has worked in America, Australia, Poland, and Finland, as well as the United States. In 1991, he was awarded the Figurentheater Prize of the City of Erlangen, Germany for his contributions to the field of puppet theater. He directed The Story of the Dog, a collaborative piece between Sandglass Theater and Sovanna Phum Theater in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which toured Cambodia in 2005 and premiered in the U.S. in the fall of 2006. He served for five years on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters. In 2010, Eric received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Ines Zeller Bass, Performer, Co-Founding Artistic Director of Sandglass
Ines Zeller Bass, Co-Founding Artistic Director of Sandglass, has been performing with puppets since 1968, when she became a member of the Munich marionette theater, Kleines Spiel. In 1978, she created her children’s hand puppet theater, PUNSCHI, which has toured Europe, Australia and the US. In 1982, Ines co-founded Sandglass Theater with husband Eric in Germany and moved the theater to Vermont in the mid-1980s. Ines started Sandglass theater’s program for family audiences. Together with Eric, she teaches their approach to puppetry performance and devised composition in workshops in Vermont and abroad. She recently designed the puppets and set for NATAN EL SABIO, a collaborative project with Teatro Luis Poma in El Salvador. Ines’ puppets and design for BABYLON, Sandglass Theater’s newest production, include two of her many crankies. Ines is currently touring in the Sandglass production of D-GENERATION, AN EXALTATION OF LARKS, a piece about people with dementia. She is a UNIMA citation winner and in 2010, received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Kirk Murphy, Performer
Kirk has been both puppeteer and administrator with Sandglass since 2006, when he joined Sandglass Theater’s collaboration with the Cambodian shadow puppet theater Sovannah Phum. He has also performed in Amanda Maddock’s Mrs. Wright’s Escape, Company of Strangers’ Styles Under Sky, and developed a small repertoire of short pieces. He is a certified facilitator of TimeSlips (a creative storytelling method designed to be used with people with dementia and their caregivers), and has been a part of the D-Generation project since its earliest stages.
Coni Richards, Puppet Builder
Coni is a sculptor, puppet builder, and digital photographer living in Putney, Vermont.
With the guidance of Eric and Ines, she crafted the faces and hands of Rose, Mary, Florence, Henry and Elwood. She also assisted with pattern drafting and construction of the bodies. Coni’s digital documentation of each character’s development has given Sandglass Theater imagery to be used in funding requests and publicity.
Sabrina Hamilton, Lighting Designer
Sabrina is the Artistic Director of the Ko Festival of Performance, where she also serves as resident designer. She has toured with Sandglass Theater throughout Vermont, and to Cedar Rapids, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and northern Quebec. She is currently serving her second term on the Board of Directors of the Network of Ensemble Theaters.
Paul Dedell, Composer
Paul has written several scores for Sandglass Theater, including Conference of the Birds and One Way Street. In addition, he has written several large choral works: Come Life, Shaker Life and Divine Chemistry premiered by the Brattleboro Concert Choir, as well as numerous musical theater scores, songs, anthems, and instrumental pieces. He is most often found at the Hilltop Montessori School in Brattleboro, Vermont, where he is the director of the adolescent program, teaches humanities, and enjoys writing and performing music with his students.
Michel Moyse, Filmmaker
Michel has worked as a freelance sound designer in feature films with such directors as Woody Allen, Brian DiPalma, Jonathan Demme, and George Roy Hill, and as a film editor for Cappy Productions, NYC. He was co-founder and Vice President of Domilin Films, Inc., a New York-based film acquisition and development company. Presently, Moyse is founder/co-director of the Center for Digital Art, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing resources for and promoting film-making, animation, and video art in southern Vermont.
We want to extend special thanks to all the brave individuals who chose to take part in the development of D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks. The Residents of Pine Heights at Brattleboro and Holton Home are the inspiration for the development of this project, as well as the creators of the stories we use in the piece.