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Lynda White BIO

NYC-based maker of masks, puppets and set pieces.
Recent Work: Masks, Puppets & Visuals for Faux-Real Theatre Company performances of The Bacchae (LaMama 2016), Lysistrata (Nuyorican Poets Cafe 2015), Oedipus Rex (Ohio 2010, Summerstage NYC 2010-2011, LaMama 2013), Seven Against Thebes (Summerstage NYC 2011), Jason & The Argonauts (Summerstage NYC 2012); masks, puppets and visuals for St. Ann's production of The Bacchae (2014); antler headpiece for Rob Roth's "Craig's Dream" piece at The Wild Project (2012).
12 years of puppet and mask design and execution for Chicago theater, opera and dance companies including: Chicago Chamber Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Hedwig Dance Company, Bailiwick Theater, Lifeline theater, National Jewish Theater, City Lit, Chicago Black Ensemble, Blue Rider theater, Oak Park Shakespeare festival, and Court theater.
Select projects include: Erotic shadow puppets for SexFest at Blue Rider Theater; Designed and directed “Ferdinand” a shadow puppet play in Portuguese; Collaboration with Hedwig Dance Company; Cirqua – Rivera Dance company; designed and built fifteen masks for experimental mask improvisation for the Olympic Improv “Strap Heads” by Rick Talarico with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; designed masks for Second City’s “ Piñata Full of Bees”; conceived and executed “Steal this Print” a printmakers’ and actors’ performance piece for the Abbie Hoffman Festival.
Organized and taught puppet and mask-making classes for a ten day conference with over one hundred participants from North and Central America which culminated in three street theater events involving over sixty giant puppets and masks and several hundred people.

AWARDS AND HONORS
(2016) New York Innovative Theater Awards (NYITA) nominee for Outstanding Innovative Design (Masks - "The Bacchae")
(2013) New York Innovative Theater Awards Winner for Outstanding Innovative Design (Masks/Sets - "Oedipus Rex XX/XY")
(1998) Jeff Nomination for puppets & masks in “Dark of the Moon”
(1998) Jeff Nomination for puppets & masks in “Lizard Music”
(1996) Nomination for Theater Arts Festival in Paris, France
(1995) Grant from City of Chicago to teach puppets and masks in Theater-By-The-Lake program
(1994) Travel Grant from the Theater Communications Group for observer-ship of traditional mask art in Mexico
(1992) After Dark award for outstanding achievement in costume design for masks

Lynda White Awards and Nominations


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IT Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Innovative Design

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The Faux-Real Theatre Presents ZOOM BACCHAE

The Faux-Real Theatre will present Euripides' ZOOM BACCHAE on Vimeo on Monday, December the 7th at 7pm EST, in celebration of Aaron Poochigian's new translation of the play (W. W. Norton). The Greek God Dionysus is coming to you online to make sure you are still worshipping him, even if it is socially distant.
2016 New York Innovative Theatre Nominees Announced!

On Monday, August 8, 2016, The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, the organization who for the past 12 years has been dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, announced the 2016 nominees at its annual event, The IT Party, celebrating 12 years and thousands of nominees at 42West. Scroll down for the full list of nominations!
Photo Flash: First Look at Faux-Real Theatre's Wild Party THE BACCHAE at La MaMa

New York's avant-garde Faux-Real Theatre, which specializes in staging the classics of Greek theatre with an immersive abandon that closely approximates how these plays were first experienced thousands of years ago, is pulling out the stops with Euripides' THE BACCHAE. Returning to La MaMa, 74A East 4th Street, Faux-Real juices THE BACCHAE is filled with music, dancing, masks, and titillating gender and costume malfunctions galore. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the show below!
Faux-Real Theatre to Present THE BACCHAE at LaMaMa

New York's avant-garde Faux-Real Theatre, which specializes in staging the classics of Greek theatre with an immersive abandon that closely approximates how these plays were first experienced thousands of years ago, is pulling out the stops with Euripides "The Bacchae."  Returning to La MaMa, 74A East 4th Street, where it staged "Oedipus Rex XX/XY" in 2013, Faux-Real juices "The Bacchae" with music, dancing, masks, and titillating gender and costume malfunctions galore.   La MaMa, in association with The Faux-Real Theatre, presents "The Bacchae" by Euripides, beginning Thursday March 3 at 7:30pm, and running through Sunday March 20 at 2pm.  Directed by Faux-Real Artistic Director Mark Greenfield, "The Bacchae" features masks by Lynda White, musical direction by Tony Naumovski, and costumes by Irina Getz.
Richard Foreman, Mariah McCarthy & More Win 2013 IT Awards

On Monday, September 30, 2013, The New York Innovative Theatre Awards (IT Awards), the organization dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway,and host comedian and Andy Kauffman Award winner, Harrison Greenbaum, announced the 2013 award recipients at the ninth Annual IT Awards Ceremony atMason Hall @ Baruch Performing Arts Center, 17 Lexingont Avenue, NYC. The ceremony was directed by Tim Butterfield, Artistic Director of the Straphanger Collective, and written by playwright Donnetta Lavinia Grays, 2013 Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award recipient. Those unable to attend joined the OOB theatre community's biggest night virtually by following Molly Marinik of TheatreIsEasy and TravSD (OOBR writer, producer, actor) at nyitawards.com/live
OEDIPUS REX XX/XY Opens 3/7 at La MaMa

What happens when Oedipus is a woman and Jocasta is a man? Driven by the belief that what was traditional in 429 BC is radical today, The Faux-Real Theatre Company searches beyond the Freudian notions of "boy loves mom," and re-examines Oedipus the King with modern eyes and ancient techniques, uncovering the fearful truths and the (occasionally comedic) grotesque ironies that Sophocles presented audiences 2000 years prior to the birth of psychology.
La MaMa & Faux-Real Theatre Co Present OEDIPUS REX XX/XY, Beginning 3/7

Driven by the belief that what was traditional in 429 BC is radical today, FRTC performs Oedipus the King exactly as Sophocles intended… sort of. Men play all of the roles (including Love Interest/Mom Jocasta) just as the Greeks would have wanted it; only with Faux-Real, the role of Oedipus is played by a woman. Searching beyond the Freudian notions of "boy loves Mom," Faux-Real re-examines Oedipus with modern eyes (pun intended) and ancient techniques, to shed new light on this classic tale of sex, power, murder and the dark urges lurking inside of us all.
La MaMa & The Faux-Real Theatre Co Present OEDIPUS REX XX/XY, Beginning 3/7

The Faux-Real Theatre Company (FRTC) who have been bringing avant-garde theatre to populist audiences since 1994, will present their newest production: the ancient play OEDIPUS REX with a gender bending twist. It's classic theatre performed exactly as Sophocles intended…sort of. Preview performances of OEDIPUS REX XX/XY will begin Thursday March 7th prior to an official press opening on March 10th at La MaMa's First Floor Theatre (74A East 4th Street) in Manhattan. Mark Greenfield, FRTC's Artistic Director, will direct.
ALL-MALE OEDIPUS REX Plays Theatre 80 9/11-12

The Faux-Real Theatre Company in conjunction with Verse Theater Manhattan presents ALL-MALE OEDIPUS REX- A vibrant rendition of the Ancient Greek classic featuring an all-male cast directed by Mark Greenfield (FUNBOX TIMES SQUARE)
Photo Flash: The Faux-Real Theatre Co Presents ALL-MALE OEDIPUS REX

The Faux-Real Theatre Company in conjunction with Verse Theater Manhattan presents ALL-MALE OEDIPUS REX at Theatre 80 (80 St. Marks Place), as part of HOWL! ARTS PROJECT, for two performances only: Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 at 8:00pm.
ALL-MALE OEDIPUS REX Plays Theatre 80 9/11-12

The Faux-Real Theatre Company in conjunction with Verse Theater Manhattan presents ALL-MALE OEDIPUS REX- A vibrant rendition of the Ancient Greek classic featuring an all-male cast directed by Mark Greenfield (FUNBOX TIMES SQUARE)

Lynda White FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What awards has Lynda White been nominated for?

Lynda White has been nominated for the Outstanding Innovative Design award at the IT Awards for "Oedipus Rex XX/XY."

What awards has Lynda White won?

Lynda White has won the Outstanding Innovative Design award at the IT Awards for the production of Oedipus Rex XX/XY.

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