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Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman Duo



Jeff has been offered another one-year visiting faculty position in Performing Arts at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, September 2016 - June 2017.  He will be creating and teaching a one-year program for 50 students with Arun Chandra, music composer and teaching collaborator at Evergreen, focused on experimentation in theatre and music.  One component of this project will be a twice weekly experimental performance lab for innovation in the domain of theatre with emphasis on movement and gesture, that takes untried and uncertain ideas some distance toward their realization in theatre compositions.


We performed works by Lisa Fay at the recent international conference of the American Society for Cybernetics in Olympia, Washington, June 1-5, 2016.  As has been true many times in the past, we enjoyed insights and converstions we don't get anywhere else, always stimulating.  It was a great audience to perform for. Mark Enslin and Jeff did the performing.  Mark Enslin was excellent.  Lisa was author and director, of her "Lickety Split and other forms of collapse", and "Hung", and also directed "The Alarmist."


We conducted a 9-day residency March 19th-27th, 2016, for performing arts students and faculty at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.  This included the creation of a new piece set on the senior dance students to premier in the spring dance concert at Kenyon.  We also did a public presentation of ideas, and a special presentation to music students.  It was an incredible week with amazing intelligent students and faculty-artists.  The seniors then continued to rehearse the piece with faculty Balinda Craig-Quijada and Kora Radella up to the weekend of concerts.  We heard it went excellently in performance and was received with high praise and interest.


On February 25th, 2016, for our participation in the Rhino Festival of The Curious Theatre Branch held at The Prop Thtr every year, Jeff Glassman read the part of Eugene Ionesco in a performed reading of the interview with Ionesco by Shusha Guppy that was published in the Paris Review in 1984. Jennifer Moniz read the part of Shusha Guppy.  Quite an interview.  You can read it here.


The first stage of a collaboration between Yu Jin Gyu, Lisa Fay, and Jeff Glassman took place in Seoul, South Korea, from Nov. 8th to Nov. 26th 2015.  First performances of the results were on November 18th and 19th at the Dongsoong Arts Center in the Daehangno district in Seoul.  Yu Jin Gyu and Jeff worked together in a studio in Seoul for one week, collaborating with Lisa via skype and email.  The performance consisted of three solos by Yu Jin Gyu, alternating with three solos created by Lisa and Jeff.  A final piece, the longest, was the result of the prepared time in the studio and involved Yu Jin Gyu and Jeff together in a silent piece called "Precariat."  Supported in part by a
generous City  of  Urbana Arts Grant and by a Network of Ensemble Theaters NET/TEN travel grant.


The second session of Theatre of the Hummingbird took place at the Community Center for the Arts (C4A) in downtown Urbana, corner of Race and Main Sts. on December 27,28,29,30.  The project was for the writing and performing of participant's theatrical works generated in the short period of a few days, and to show those works to a public audience at the conclusion.  Contact C4A for details and to participate in the next project. Nine young people participated in the workshops and created a performance of their creation, performed on Dec. 30 2015.  As expected, the experience was excellent.  Supported in part by a
City  of  Urbana Arts Grant.


Fay|Glassman Performance was recently awarded a transformative New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Capacity Building Grant for the reconstruction and upgrading of the portable "flats," set pieces, costumes, props, lighting devices and sound devices to enhance performances and enable expanded touring for new performance works by Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman Duo.



"We are pleased to announce the 2014-15 Spring Travel Grant Recipients!"

Fay|Glassman Performance (Urbana, IL) will engage in a 3-week artistic exchange with Jung Dae Kyung, chair of the Korea Small Theater Association (Seoul, South Korea), and Yu Jin Gyu, director of the Chuncheon International Mime Festival (Chuncheon, South Korea). The artists will share composition and performance techniques to manifest the core structure of an evening-length work and develop international touring strategies.

Network of Ensemble Theaters


NEFA Finalists

Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman Duo was selected May 2015 as finalists entered into the final round of consideration for a grant award from the
National Theatre Project: Creation and Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)



INTERVIEW for  ARTS COUNCIL KOREA, December 2014 conducted by YU JIN-GYU, Director of the Chuncheon International Mime Festival
webzine ARKO:

January 2015, the independent, online, culture magazine, conducted by MATHEW GREEN:

May 2015, the independent, online, culture magazine, written by Cope Cumpston:



  Artists-In-Residence at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in a creative residency, 2014-2015

Artists-In-Residence at Daehangno Small Theatre Festival (D.FESTA), through the Korea Small Theatre Association, Korean Arts Council and the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. This includes performances in Seoul and two other cities, as well as master-classes and workshops for professional actors, and at universities, November-December, 2014, and continuing project for fall, 2015

Plans for a future artistic collaboration on a new production between a Korean artist and ourselves is in progress.  More to say about that soon.

We are a Resident Company at the PROP THTR in Chicago, the oldest surviving off-loop, non-equity theater in Chicago.


Quintets for a Quartet

1 p.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015
1 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015

 Five performers take ordinary human behaviors and untangle them at their core, twisting apart strands of speech from the speaker, time and place from the location, and character from the actor and scene, in order to twist them back together in a manner more like music composition than storytelling.  This rigorously playful work comes out of a nine-week experimental creation and rehearsal period in Urbana, Illinois, involving the five performers with Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman.  We invite you to this experiment.

Written by:
Jeff Glassman

Directed by:
Jeff Glassman with Lisa Fay

Performed by:

Brook Celeste
Keith McKenney
Yael Beretta
Austin McCann

The performance lasts 45 minutes. 

1 p.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015
  1 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015

On the Web:
Rhino Festival:
Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman:

The 26th Annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival

at the

Prop Thtr
3502 N. Elston • Chicago
Elston near Kedzie and Addison

Quintets for a Quartet
$15 (or pay-what-you-can more or less) at the door
$12 in advance online

By phone: (773) 492-1287




The six participants in Theatre of the Hummingbird performed their newly created half-hour composition two times for public audiences at Pizza M on Sunday, March 8th, 2015. All the performance material was written by the participants, who also made the directorial decissions.  Audiences were full.  Responses were predominantly from people deeply impressed with the depth of ideas, and skill of performance.  Plans are now being made for the next stage of the project this summer or fall.


Theatre of the Hummingbird

This is a pilot project for a community-based, youth-driven, participatory theater project. Participants ages 14-20 (slightly flexible) will be led by local national and international theater artists Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman, creating live theater originated and performed by the participants, centered around themes that are important to them.

ABOUT Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman Duo:

Meeting Friday and Saturday evenings for four weekends in a row (skipping Feb. 20-21), we’ll develop and refine a theater performance — this could include incorporating spoken word, music, movement and dance depending on the participants. Along the way we’ll work out ways to convey our ideas effectively, and at the end of the project we will perform our work for family, friends, and the general public.

Why Hummingbird? The Hummingbird embodies a compelling design principal for this project in particular, and community-based theater work more generally: While nourishing itself with nectar from flowers, the hummingbird also pollinates the flowers.

Workshop: Theatre of the Hummingbird
Instructors: Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman

Meeting times:
4 weekends: February (6-7)(13-14)(27-28) March (6-7-8)
Fridays and Saturdays 6-9:00 PM
Sunday (March 8) matinee and evening times TBA
No sessions on February 20-21

Location: C4A Community Center for the Arts
Studios, room 7 Downtown Urbana
103 N Race St,
Urbana, Illinois
Performance venues TBA.
Ages: 14 – 20 (slightly flexible)

Prerequisites: The project will culminate in performances therefore we ask that participants be able to commit to the entire series of sessions.
Dress: Comfortable clothes that you can move in.
Cost: The project is offered FREE to interested area youth with a suggested, BUT NOT REQUIRED, donation of $75.00 per participant (we are raising funds to cover costs.)

This project supported by a City of Urbana Arts Grant

Registration: Register online at (and choose button "spring semester performance arts")
or Search:
or Contact: 217-384-5150


MAAF (Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation) through their USArtists International program has awarded Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman Duo a grant for travel and performance in the Daehangno Small Theatre Festival (D.Festa) during the upcoming tour to South Korea
November 22-December 8, 2014

MAAF USArtists International logo here

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


We were Artists-In-Residence at Daehangno Small Theatre Festival (D.FESTA), through the Korea Small Theatre Association, Korean Arts Council and the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in Seoul, South Korea.

November 22 -December 8, 2014

This included five performances in Seoul at the Noeul Theatre, as well as master-classes and workshops for professional actors. After the festival we were engaged by the Haja Production School (Seould Youth Factory for Alternative Culture) in Seoul for four nights of workshops for middle school and high school students culminating in their performance of their works.


We were at the IRT Theatre on Christopher St. in Manhattan for a creative residency from Dec. 24th, 2014 through Jan. 5th, 2015.  This was not for performance or public workshops but for use of the theatre in development of new work.


We conducted two weekends of workshops Dec. 12-24 and Dec. 19-21 (2014) at the Prop Thtr in Chicago.
The workshops culminated in a public showing at Prop Thtr.

For information contact Stefan Brun at the Prop Thtr.


Lisa Fay was selected for a panel at the Network of Ensemble Theater's Intersection:  Ensembles + Universities symposium in New York City
at The New School and La MaMa.
The Intersection symposium launches a multi-year investigation of the connectivity between professional performing arts ensembles and colleges/universities.
October 31-November 2, 2014


NEFA Finalists, 2014
Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman Duo was selected as finalists in the final round of consideration for the Creation and Touring program: National Theatre Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).
We are honored by this recognition.


We are glad to say that Fay|Glassman Performance is now a 501c3 Non Profit Organization with tax exempt status and can therefore accept tax deductible contributions.


For over a year now we have been engaged in creating a new evening length work that is comprised of five intricately linked scenes which fold, twist and surface into and out of one another.  We are delighted to report that in February 2014 the Illinois Arts Council granted Individual Artists Project support to Lisa Fay for her to continue work on a substantial segment of the project.  Open studio sessions were held in April and May, a sneak preview was given at the Boneyard Arts Festival at the Channing Murray Foundation in Urbana in April. A premiere of this section was presented in late May along with other current work in progress by Glassman.


We are happy to announce that the Illinois Arts Council also granted Individual Artists Project support to Jeff Glassman providing partial funding for his work with Lisa Fay on a project with an ensemble of five excellent actors. The project took as its centerpiece Glassman’s QUARTET, a complex movement based theatre piece using our full range of formal inventions that have continued to evolve in recent years.  The Quartet structure was approached through the creation of four short works, each exploring one of the performance problems of the Quartet.  The premiere was performed six times as an evening of new works in progress by Fay and Glassman for the composition series Glass of Wine with Brün in Urbana, Illinois May 29-June 1 2014, after which the Quartet-inspired pieces were performed at the Prop Thtr in Chicago on June 8th, 2014.


We made a presentation and a short demonstration performance in a delightful symposium concerned with the future of mime in relation to theatre and dance for the symposium
"Making the Invisible Visible: Mime's Contemporary Legacy" at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, April 11th, 2014


September-October, 2013:  One-month artist residency and tour for Korea Small Theatre Association

Featured performances at D.Festa
Daehangno international Small Theatre Festival
and D.Festa festival Artists-in-Residence
Seoul, South Korea

Performance tour to the city of Cheongju, and to Jeju Island

One week of workshops for 15 professional theatre artists in Seoul,
and a five-day workshop in Jeju

The D. Festa is an annual theater festival in the Daehakro region of Seoul which began in 2007. Daehakro is a distinct creative region of Seoul with hundreds of middle and small size theater groups. In the face of the capitalization of the performance arts culture by big capital, multiplexes and major theaters, the D.Festa is organized by the Korea Small Theater Association as an alternative to activate theatrical culture based on small communities and theaters. The D.Festa (Daehakro Small Theatre Festival) is held in theaters and on the streets of Daehakro in the late summer to early autumn period.


April 6-14, 2013:  One-week guest artist residency for
Theater Grottesco
and Center for Contemporary Arts
4 performances, 3 masterclasses
Santa Fe, NM

Center for Contemporary Arts and Theater Grottesco team up to produce Eventua: a series of cutting-edge performances. Launching in March 2013, Eventua is an 8-week program featuring local and national artists at the vanguard of event-based contemporary art. As an annual collaboration, Eventua promises to become one of the most diverse and interesting performance programs in the Southwest. Invited groups include: Lisa Fay/Jeff Glassman Duo, Sandglass Puppet Theater, Faustwork Mask Theater, Laura Goldhamer, Cole Bee Wilson, CHERYL, and others.

CCA and Theater Grottesco intend for Eventa to create an off-season festival for art-lovers to experience genre-bending performance by artists from around the globe, creating cross-pollination between local artists and audiences and those from afar. 2013 is the pilot of what promises to be an annual collaboration with aims to become
one of Santa Fe's destination events.


March 22, 2013: presentations to students at St. John's University
Queens, NY


March 21, 2013:  Dialogue and Discourse presentation
at the Jewish Museum, Gregory Chaitin (mathematics)
and Fay/Glassman (theatre)
New York, NY
The Jewish Museum and
the New School for Public Engagement

1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York NY 10128

at: The Jewish Museum
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:00pm
Dialogue and pattern: Gregory Chaitin and Jeff Glassman
Thursday, March 21, 7:00 pm
Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

Gregory Chaitin and Jeff Glassman offer a dialogue between patterns. Chaitin is a mathematician whose work centers on the question of whether mathematics is mechanical or creative. Glassman, in collaboration with Lisa Fay, composes and performs for the stage in a way that is closely analogous to musical composition, including techniques for the orchestration of contextual shifts of time and place in complex patterns that he calls ‘pivoting'.

This event is presented as part of In Dialogue, a series of performative dialogues between experts in diverse fields in conjunction with the exhibition As it were… So to Speak: A Museum Collection in dialogue with Barbara Bloom. Each evening concentrates on a different aspect of “dialogue,” pairing speakers demonstrating theory and practice. Unlike in traditional conversation the speakers do not engage with one another, instead each addresses the subject at hand and the audience members directly. These events are in partnership with the New School for Public Engagement.


January, 2013: One-week guest artist residency at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA performances and workshops


October, 2012: Guest-artist residency in the University of Illinois Dance Department
work set on dance students


September, 2012: Performances at D.festa, international Small Theatre Festival, Seoul, South Korea


August-September, 2012: Performances and Teaching for Haja Center
Seoul Youth Center for Alternative Culture
Seoul, South Korea
One-month guest artist residency at Haja Center


July 9-13th, 2012: Bateson Idea Group/American Society for Cybernetics
International Conference
Featured Performance
Asilomar Conference Center, California


May 4th, 5th and 6th, 2012: Urbana Winks:
Theatre Laboratory Intensive
(Free and Open to the Public)

Funding by the City of Urbana Arts Grant


April 16 - May 4th, 2012: Artist Residency
Barkstall Elementary School
Champaign, Illinois


April 18th, 2012: Allen Hall/Unit One
University of Illinois
Performance and Workshop
  at 8:00 PM
Urbana, Illinois


December 5-18, 2011: At the IRT THEATER
IRT Theater is located on the third floor of the
old Archive Building in Greenwich Village, NYC.
154 Christopher St., buzzer 3B
Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman Duo

Depth of a Moment: in four parts
In residence December 5-18, 2011

Virtuoso deconstructors of everyday life Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman return to IRT…
“surreal vaudeville”…”I think that Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman belong in some kind of genius category. One is reminded of silent film comedians and European circus clowns, who hone their material to its essence.”
— David Cuthbert, Theatre Critic, New Orleans Times-Picayune

Thursday, December 8th at 8:00 PM
Friday, December 9th at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 10th at 8:00 PM
Thursday, December 15th at 8:00 PM
Friday, December 16th at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 17th at 8:00 PM
$20 Suggested
$10 “pay what you can”
$5 “pay what you can”
At IRT: 154 Christopher St. #3B (3rd floor)
(Look for future announcements of workshops)

“Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman have the consummate professionalism of a longstanding comic team. While undoubtedly their short theater pieces contain comic moments, their real intent is to go to the center of human movement, habit and meaning…Chillingly depicts where we are now.”
— Paige Listerud, Chicago Theatre Blog

“achieved dazzling sophistication“…”the performers were intercutting between scenes locatable on a single stage… The piece then became an anatomy of power relationships as the two struggled for dominance in their changing personas… I’ve seen a lot of theater fail to reach this virtuoso level of characterization.”
— Kyle Gann, The Village Voice, New York

“…the end results were hilarious but intellectually challenging, simple in execution yet extremely difficult to execute.”
— John Cutler, The Lincoln Star Journal, Nebraska