9 May 1939 - 30 June 2018
Lee Gershuny, originally from New York City, was the
Founder/Artistic Director of the Edinburgh-based Elements World
Theatre. She was a poet and award-winning playwright in both
the UK and US. From 1992 to the present, she had 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
Her plays often featured cross-cultural collaborations and the merging of diverse art forms and styles of storytelling, poetry, dance, film and music. Her style could 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:
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.
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")
Theseus and the Minotaur -- A Love Story with Flamenco dance and music (Scottish Storytelling Centre and Edinburgh Fringe).
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."
Her poetry has appeared in Southlight magazine (Scotland); the International We'Moon Almanac; The 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.