June 25- 28
Kate and Andrew Phoenix
Wordless. Whimsical. Imaginative.
Acclaimed physical theatre company and mask imagineers the WONDERHEADS bring you a most peculiar love story that whisks a man to the moon and back. Delighted audiences ages 10-110 describe the magnificent mix of puppetry, mime, soundscape and mask-work as “pure magic” and “like a live cartoon” in this moving silent story. www.wonderheads.com
***Join us on the opening night of The Wonderhead‘s LOON for the book launch celebration of their new publication The Wonderheads Book of Wonder. Bubbly and moon pies (in honor of the man who falls in love with the moon in LOON) will be served, books will be available for purchase and signing by the artists following their show. The event will take place in the CoHo lobby at 2257 NW Raleigh St. on Thursday, June 25 at 8:30 directly after the performance.
About the Artists:
Kate Braidwood (Cast, Deviser, Mask and Sound Designer):
Kate Braidwood, WONDERHEADS Co-Founding ‘Head’, is an actor, deviser, sound designer, director and teacher. She is also a professional mask maker, responsible for the big heads used in WONDERHEADS’ work and whose masks are used on stages, in films and in classrooms around the world. As an actor she has performed nationally and internationally, including credits with Miracle Theatre (Portland OR), Theatre SKAM (Victoria BC), The Dell’Arte Company (Blue Lake, CA), Furano Natural Studio (Japan), and Four on the Floor (Arcata, CA). Kate is a graduate of the University of Victoria with a BFA in Acting and she earned her MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, where she trained as an actor-creator, studying the development of original, physically driven work in ensemble. It was at Dell’Arte that her passion for mask was truly ignited and developed, during which time she trained in the Italian form of Commedia Dell’Arte, studied mask performance with Joan Schirle and Ronlin Foreman, studied mask design with Bruce Marrs and worked with Berlin-based mask company Familie Flöz. In 2009 she teamed up with fellow Dell’Arte graduate, Andrew Phoenix, to create the WONDERHEADS and has been busy touring their work since that time. Kate was recently awarded a 2015 Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship, an initiative designed to recognize the achievements of outstanding Oregon artists.
Andrew Phoenix (Deviser, Director, Set Designer):
Andrew Phoenix, WONDERHEADS Co-Founding ‘Head’, is an actor, deviser, director and teacher. He completed his BFA in Acting at Texas State University and worked with Dallas Children’s Theatre, Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in New Jersey, and the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Driven by a longing to create original and innovative work on his feet and away from the page, Andrew completed his MFA degree in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre at Dell’Arte International and went on to perform and teach in India with Clowns without Borders U.S.A., direct and teach at Intiman Theatre (Seattle, WA), and perform with the Dell’Arte Company (Blue Lake, CA) and Miracle Theatre (Portland, OR), where he also served as Technical Director and Master Carpenter. In 2009 he joined forces with Kate Braidwood to create their first show, Grim and Fischer, and the WONDERHEADS were born. They have since toured their work throughout North America, gotten married and moved to Portland, OR.