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Akropolis Performance Lab Producing Artistic Director Joseph Lavy has directed and performed in APL’s productions of Ecce Faustus, The Glas Nocturne (which he also adapted from Hjalmar Söderberg’s 1905 novel, Doktor Glas, and for which he won a 2015 Seattle Times Footlight Award for Solo Acting), Pomegranate & Ash, Uncle Vanya, Seneca’s Oedipus, Dream of a Ridiculous Man, Jeanne the Maid, Beautiful Treasure, Song of Songs, and Macbeth. He was a key player in establishing a performing arts presence at the University of Washington/Bothell, as Artist-in-Residence taught acting and directing for eight years in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, and co-directs APL’s education program for youth. For APL he produced one week of plays for Seattle’s participation in Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays. Joseph directed the North American premiere of Jose Pliya’s Le Complexe de Thenardiers for Playing French Seattle. He earned his Actor’s Equity Association membership in 1998 while working for Porthouse Theatre Company, in Kent OH, but relinquished union status after moving to Seattle as it was not conducive to the type of work he is most passionate about. He was a founding member of the acclaimed New World Performance Lab, with which he was a principal actor and leader of physical training, and he served as a workleader in 1992 for Jerzy Grotowski’s Objective Program at UC-Irvine. As a professional artist, he has worked with such theatrical luminaries as Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Brook, Ellen Stewart, and Kazimierz Braun. His work has been seen from Seattle to New York City to Wroclaw, Poland. He can also be seen in Sans Vie (2010, see trailer), by Seattle filmmaker Matthew Morris. Joseph has been teaching movement and a method of psycho-physical action to actors for 25 years. His students have gone on to continued success in New York, California, New Orleans, Canada, the UK, and beyond.
Joseph and the APL company are currently rehearsing 730 Steps (an original adaptation of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment) for world premiere in July 2017.
Professions/skills: Producer;Playwright;Dramaturg;Director;Artistic Director;Actor;Acting Instructor