2003 Visiting Director Jay Scheib comes to Harvard straight off the New York production of Bernard-Marie Koltes' West Pier. Recent projects in Berlin include MARGARETHHAMLET; an original adaptation of Aeschylus' trilogy ORESTIA AMERICA AMERICA commissioned by the Exiles Festival at the Berliner Staatsbank; and two plays by Lothar Trolle, Fernsehen and Vormittag in der Freiheit at the Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz. Other international credits include: Glass/Mohn after texts by Tennessee Williams, Paul Celan and Walter Benjamin, and a studio production, THIS PLACE IS A DESERT, based on Antonioni's film Red Desert, both in Budapest; and The War Plays by Edward Bond, In the Solitude of the Cotton Fields by Bernard-Marie Koltes, and a studio production titled Bartleby, Wallstreet, Nebraska after texts by Herman Melville and the music of Bruce Springsteen at the Mozarteum, Salzburg Austria. New York credits include Falling and Waving, a digital opera composed by David Lang, with libretto by Ron Jones, co-produced by Brooklyn Academy of Music and Arts at St. Ann's in Brooklyn; Herakles after Euripides and Heiner Muller, at Chashama; The Power of the Dog by Howard Barker; Othello; and Mistressjulie after a text by Strindberg. While Director in Residence at Yale University, Scheib directed a production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertold Brecht.
Winner of the prestigious Richard Sherwood Award from the Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, Scheib holds an A.B. summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota, an MFA in theatre directing from Columbia University, and is an alumni of the SoHo Rep writer/director Lab in NY. Scheib is a professor in Theatre Arts at MIT and a regular guest professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
Leah Gelpe, Video and Sound Design
Leah Gelpe is a sound designer, projection designer and filmmaker. She has collaborated with Jay Scheib on 15 productions since 1996, including West Pier at Ohio Theatre, NY; Permit Me (Sie Gestatten) at 3. St., Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin; The War Plays and In the Solitude of Cotton Fields, both at Mozarteum, Salzburg; Herakles/Herakles 5 at Chashama Theatre, NY; Glass Mohn at Pont Muhely, Budapest; and Falling and Waving at Arts at St. Ann's, Brooklyn. Sound design credits include Daniel Fish's production of David Rabe's The Black Monk at Yale Repertory Theatre, Kate Whoriskey's production of The Lady from the Sea at the Intiman Theatre, and Robert Woodruff's productions of Saved at Theatre for a New Audience, and Godard (distant & right) at the Ohio Theatre, NY and Theatre des Amandiers, Nanterre, Paris.
Her three short films Glass Teeth; Julia, or Alone She Cries; and Also Lies have been screened in a variety of venues including the Anthology Film Archives, Oakstreet Cinema and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Ms. Gelpe holds an MFA in film from Columbia University.