Geoff Sobelle Headshot

Geoff Sobelle

Get Geoff Sobelle Email Alerts

Be the first to get news, photos, videos & more.

Geoff Sobelle BIO

Geoff Sobelle is a theatre artist dedicated to the “sublime ridiculous.” He is the co-artistic director of rainpan 43, a renegade absurdist outfit devoted to creating original actor-driven performance works. Using illusion, film and out-dated mechanics, R43 creates surreal, poetic pieces that look for humanity where you least expect it and find grace where no one is looking. R43’s shows include: all wear bowlers (Innovative Theatre Award, Drama Desk nomination), Amnesia Curiosa, machines machines machines machines machines machines machines (OBIE award – design), and Elephant Room (commissioned by Center Theatre Group). His independent work includes Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl (Edinburgh Fringe First Award) and The Object Lesson (Edinburgh Fringe First Award, Carol Tambor Award, Total Theatre Award, NYTimes Critics Pick). He has been a company member of Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre Company since 2001.

All of his work to date has premiered at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival before touring nationally and internationally. Geoff’s work has been presented at the the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), St. Ann’s Warehouse, HERE Arts Center, The Kirk Douglas Theatre (CTG), Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre (DC), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Bard College, the Barbican Center (London), and has toured to Germany, Italy, France and South Korea.

As a teacher, Geoff has led workshops all over the world in devised theatre creation, physical approach to character, clown and “jeu.” He is a teacher at the Pig Iron school in Philadelphia (APT) and is on faculty at Bard College. His projects have been supported by the MAP Fund, the Independence Foundation, the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, the Wyncote Foundation, US Arts International, the Princeton Atelier and the New England Foundation for the Arts. He is a 2006 Pew Fellow and is a 2009 Creative Capital grantee. Geoff graduated with honors from Stanford University and trained in physical theatre at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Geoff Sobelle Photos


Barrow Street Theatricals Off-Broadway Production, 2018
Guest Performer

New York Theatre Workshop Premiere, 2017

Geoff Sobelle Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2014]


Geoff Sobelle Videos

Geoff Sobelle News

Waterwell to Begin 20th Anniversary Year With Lameece Issaq's A GOOD DAY TO ME NOT TO YOU At Connelly Theater

Waterwell will begin its 20th anniversary year with the world premiere of A Good Day to Me Not to You, a solo play written and performed by Drama Desk Award-winner Lameece Issaq. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Ruth Negga, Lili Taylor & Paul Lazar to Join Suzanne Bocanegra Artist Lectures at NYU Skirball

Get ready for Ruth Negga, Lili Taylor, and Paul Lazar take the stage in Suzanne Bocanegra Artist Lectures. Don't miss this star-studded event, book your tickets now!

OZ Arts Nashville Launches New Season Of Vital Contemporary Performances By Fearless Artists

Contemporary arts center OZ Arts Nashville has announced its dynamic 11th season of groundbreaking performances, featuring thrilling theatrical journeys, urgent confrontations of timely issues and daredevil breakthroughs in creative possibility. Theater, dance, music and multimedia events are highlighted in the compelling 2023-24 lineup of daring local, national and international artists who are shaping contemporary art and culture.

Eric Ting and Caleb Hammons to Join Cynthia Flowers as Directors of Soho Rep

Discover the latest news about Soho Rep as theater veterans Eric Ting and Caleb Hammons join Cynthia Flowers as directors. Get the scoop on the new era for this renowned theater company and what it means for the future of Soho Rep.

Sarah Scafidi Joins Waterwell as Managing Director

Waterwell has announced that Sarah Scafidi has joined the company as Managing Director following an extensive national search.

Edinburgh International Festival Hosts Free City-Wide Events This August

A range of 39 free events have been added to Edinburgh International Festival's 2023 programme, the first from incoming Festival Director Nicola Benedetti.

BAM Will Launch 2023 Next Wave Festival This Year

BAM has announced the 40th iteration of its beloved and eagerly anticipated annual Next Wave Festival.

Texas Performing Arts Reveals 2023/24 Season Featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and More

Texas Performing Arts announces its all-new 2023/24 performing arts season showcasing extraordinary international theatre, dance, and music that audiences won't find anywhere else.

Edinburgh International Festival Reveals 2023 Programme

The global celebration of performing arts, Edinburgh International Festival, today unveils an expansive programme of world-class music, opera, dance and theatre to take place from 4 – 27 August 2023. This year marks the first Festival under the direction of new Festival Director, Nicola Benedetti, one of today's most influential classical music artists.  

HERE Reveals 2023 Recipients of HARP Multi-Year Residencies with Awards of $50K-$125K

HERE has announced four new members of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), one of the most robust residency programs in the country and serving as a national model.

Tickets Now on Sale for Lucas Hnath's A SIMULACRUM; New Opening Date Announced

Tickets are now on sale for Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere of A Simulacrum, written by Tony Award nominee Lucas Hnath (Dana H.) with Steve Cuiffo, directed by Lucas Hnath.

The Field Names Christopher Bloodworth As Executive Director

After an inclusive nationwide search by ALJP Consulting, arts service organization The Field has announced that Christopher Bloodworth will be joining their staff and board as the new Executive Director, effective March 2023.

HERE's Dream Music Puppetry Program to Present PUPPETOPIA in March

The OBIE-winning HERE has announced programming for its second annual Puppetopia, a three-week festival of new puppet theater.

Royal Family Productions Presents a Benefit Reading of LOLA

NYC's Royal Family Productions, a theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, presents an benefit reading of a new play by Miles Orduna. All proceeds will go towards fulfilling Royal Family's mission of giving space to marginalized voices, especially those of people of color and up-and-coming artists.

Lesley Hunter Joins HERE as New Managing Director

Lesley Hunter has joined HERE in the newly created role of Managing Director. She succeeds Meredith Lynsey Schade, Producing Director, and Brenna Thomas, Director of External Affairs, whose departures this year have provided an opportunity for restructuring at the institution.

BalletCollective to Present 10th NYC Fall Season THE FLUIDITY OF TIME Featuring Two World Premieres

BalletCollective will present their 10th NYC Fall Season, 'The Fluidity of Time,' on November 2nd and 3rd at Trinity Commons, the first ballet performance offered in Trinity Church Wall Street's new community center in Lower Manhattan.

The Tank to Present Free Performance of Crystal Skillman's OPEN in November

The Tank, in partnership with The Flying Carpet Theatre Company, announced the return of a special production of Crystal Skillman’s magical play OPEN, featuring the original direction of Jessi D. Hill and starring Lily Ali-Oshatz. The production will play a free preview performance on Monday November 14, 2022 at 4pm at The Tank.

HERE to Launch New Virtual Performance Platform URHERE in November

The Obie Award-winning HERE will be launching URHERE, a new one-of-a-kind, rigorously curated virtual platform for outdoor and digital premieres. The platform will launch November 9, 2022.

MARIE IT'S TIME Announces Performance Cancellations and Extension at HERE

 The Obie Award-winning HERE announced that due to a positive COVID test within the company, all performances of Marie It’s Time have been cancelled through Saturday September 17, 2022. Performances will resume Wednesday September 21.

Producing Director Meredith Lynsey Schade Will Depart HERE

HERE announced today that Producing Director Meredith Lynsey Schade will depart the company this fall to pursue other opportunities following seven years with the company, first as General Manager and later as Producing Director. Her exit comes on the heels of the recent departure of Brenna Thomas, the company’s former Director of External Affairs, providing an opportunity for restructuring at the institution.


Geoff Sobelle has written 1 shows including The Object Lesson (Writer).

Get Geoff Sobelle Email Alerts

Be the first to get news, photos, videos & more.



Recommended For You