Lee Gershuny

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www.the-elements.org.uk

Lee Gershuny

Lee Gershuny, originally from New York City, is Founder/Artistic Director of the Edinburgh-based Elements World Theatre.  She is a poet and award-winning playwright in both the UK and US. From 1992 to the present, she has written all the plays that the The Elements World Theatre have produced, as well as developed and directed innovative collaborative forms of theatre (Jazz Theatre and Community Rites of Passage) with professional and "natural" performers of all ages and backgrounds nationally and internationally.  

Her plays often feature cross-cultural collaborations and the merging of diverse art forms and styles of storytelling, poetry, dance, film and music.  Her style can best be described as absurdist, surreal and mythic with an "idiosyncratic" sense of humour and "insight into human relationships."

Plays produced with The Elements World Theatre include:

2014

Messages From A Mental Institution with a short film was invited to premiere in New York City as part of The Dream Up Festival of Off Off Broadway venue, Theatre for the New City.

2013-14

Lockerbie--Lost Voices, three week run on Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scottish Storytelling Centre and Scotland tour ("a stunning piece of theatre, " "powerful writing and powerful performance")

2012

Theseus and the Minotaur -- A Love Story with Flamenco dance and music (Scottish Storytelling Centre and Edinburgh Fringe).  

2011

The Old Woman Who Lived in A... with original music (Scottish Storytelling Centre and Edinburgh Fringe)

According to Donald Smith of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Lee's work as produced by The Elements World Theatre "is an experience as much as a show, though performed with great skill. It's challenging conventional ideas of theatre and opening up stories and big ideas." 

Poetry

Her poetry has appeared in Southlight magazine (Scotland); the International We'Moon AlmanacThe Art of Dis/appearing: Jewish Women on Mental Health, edited by Leah Thorn; and in print and spoken word in Sarawut Chutiwongpeti's video art and installations in Australia, Finland, Thailand and the US.

Her poetry has also been presented in collaborative performance with dancers and musicians.

 

 

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