Artist Biographies for When I Put On Your Glove
Shoshana Bass, Performer and creator
Shoshana refers to herself as one of the “daughters of sand”, and is currently approaching the possibilities of continuing Sandglass Theater’s life into the next generation. Having been raised in a traveling family of internationally acclaimed puppeteers, she has spent her life witnessing and in dialogue with artistic voices of diverse cultures, heritages, and perspectives. Her performance mediums range throughout theater, dance, circus and puppetry which makes her an enthusiastic and flexible collaborator. She is a graduate of Naropa University with an Interdisciplinary degree in performing arts, peace studies and tai chi. Shoshana has performed and choreographed in Poland, the Virgin Islands, Germany, and the United States.
Eric Bass, Concept and creator of the original Autumn Portraits
Co-Founding Artistic Director of Sandglass, has worked for thirty years as a director, playwright, performer and mask and puppet maker. In 1982, Mr. Bass 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. In 1994, he received the Robert and Adele Blank Jewish Arts Award from the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York. Eric is currently touring in the Sandglass production of D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks, a piece about people with dementia. He served for five years on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters. In 2010, Eric received the Vermont Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Gerard Stropnicky, Director
Gerard Stropnicky is in his 42nd year as a multi-faceted theatre professional. After Northwestern, he studied with Alvina Krause, and in 1978 co-founded Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE), where he worked for the next 35 years, becoming Emeritus in 2012. He’s acted in over 100 productions, and directed 70 to date, including classic, contemporary, new and original plays at BTE and elsewhere. He’s written, co-written or devised a score more. In rural communities, mostly in Appalachia and the deep South, he writes and directs large-scale site-specific productions featuring diverse community casts employing local story to celebrate, challenge, and address intractable issues. Several were co-written with poet and playwright.
Maria Pugnetti, Sound Design
An inter-media artist who primarily works with fiber, pigment, lights, sound and digital media. She has a Fine Arts Degree in Painting, and primarily works as a freelance light designer, graphic designer and show creator. In her own theatrical performances she incorporates music, video projection and shadow puppetry into unique handcrafted scenic worlds. Maria co-produced a multimedia musical theater production The Mabel Story and co founded an ensemble theater company called Firekeeper Productions. Her more notable graphic design projects include Album Art for Mariee Sioux’s “Faces in the Rocks”, and Gudrid Hansdottir’s “ Beyond the Grey”.