Chris Szajbert (née Seibert) recently premiered Love's Lost Raree Box, a short film created with Jumar Newell, and The Frances Films - seven experimental short films which appeared in the KeyBank Rochester Fringe and Minnesota Fringe Festivals. Chris serves as director in the development of two new performance works: Marie Curie Horror Story, created and performed by Holly Holsinger; and The Poetry Psychic Project, a suite of interactive performances by Denis Michael Griesmer. Chris was named a 2019 Gordon Square Artist-in-Residence, and performs a solo/street performance Love's Lost Raree Box, a project supported by the Satellite Fund, which is administered by SPACES and funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Live performances of The Poetry Psychic Project and Love's Lost Raree Box are presented monthly in Studio #224 at 78th Street Studios.
Chris is a writer, director, performing artist and filmmaker who creates original works in collaboration with professional and community artists. Recent projects include appearing in Sweat at Cleveland Play House; collaborating with Jaime Bouvier and The Shanty Circus for The City Is Our Stage; developing the solo performance Fa(r)ther with director Ivana Bevacqua; contributing to new works by experimental filmmaker Robert Banks and painter John Carlson; and co-creating/touring (Chicago, New York, upcoming: Mexico City) the dance theatre duet Reckoning with choreographer Kora Radella. Chris is the co-creator of the plays F*** Me Love Me Aphrodite, Ancestra, Insomnia, and the multi-media solo performance Cut to Pieces. Long-time collaborators include director/performer Adam Seeholzer, choreographer Kora Radella, director/performer Holly Holsinger, director/composer Raymond Bobgan and members of the Cleveland Core Ensemble.
Chris’ work has garnered recognition and support from the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, Ohio Arts Council, Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project (LA), Chicago C.A.A.P., and DirectorsLabChicago. Chris is a recipient of the Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (now Arts Cleveland) funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
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F*** Me, Love Me Aphrodite
Created and performed by Chris Szajbert with writers/performers Adam Seeholzer and Darius Stubbs
Created and performed by Chris Szajbert directed by Ivana Bevacqua
Created and performed by Chris Szajbert and choreographer Kora Radella
Love's Lost Raree Box
Created by Chris Szajbert + designers Ian Petroni, Ben Gantose, Irene Mack-Shafer, Inda Blatch-Geib
The Frances Films
7 experimental short films created by Chris Szajbert
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