VALERIA VASILEVSKI

Director/Writer/2003

In 2002 Ms. Vasilevski directed the first ever Sondheim Slam at Joe's Pub, was commissioned to write a full scale work for the Western Wind Ensemble - Jukebox In The Tavern Of Love with composer Eric Salzman, and was awarded a Fellowship to Japan from the Asian Cultural Council. She directed Kassandra with Kristin Norderval in Vienna. And her trilogy, Jitters, written with composer Randall Woolf for pianist Kathleen Supové premiered at the Flea.

In 2001 Ms. Vasilevski was in residence at the MacDowell Colony writing This is Virgil Thomson's Shoe. For her work on Virgil, Ms. Vasilevski also received a Director's Award from NYSCA. She was earlier commissioned by HarvestWorks to direct the first music theater piece created specifically for Internet 2.

Collaborating with Randall Woolf she also wrote BYOD, an informercial, which premiered with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, The Trick Is To Keep Breathing which premiered with Sequitur at Merkin Concert Hall and Limbs Akimbo for pianist Anthony de Mare. Concerts she directed include: Kitty Brazelton & DaDaDah in Love Lust & Beyond, Kathleen Supové's Exploding Piano & Michael McQuary's Back Then They Had Faces all at Joe's Pub and "twisted tutu" & the Common Sense Consortium at HERE. She also directed the poets and composers concert, Non Sequitur 2000 and Non Sequitur 2001, at the Clark Studio Theater. As part of the Lincoln Center Festival she directed Diamanda Galas' Insekta at Alice Tully Hall.

Her article on Concert Theater: "Pioneering a New Form or Putting a Dress on a Tree?" appears in Yale Theater Review.

She received the Richard Rogers Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for ALLOS MAKAR (happy in a different way)O.K. developed at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy, collaborating with choreographer Bill T. Jones. She wrote and directed The True Last Words of Dutch Schultz, with composer Eric Salzman. Dutch premiered in Amsterdam and toured Holland. She was also lyricist/ director with Ruth Maleczech of Fire Works composed by Ned Sublette. She wrote the oratorio Village Store Verbatim, collaborating with composer Lawrence Siegel. Village Store toured New England and aired on New Hampshire Public Television. She adapted and directed the epic poem Song of Lawino by Ugandan poet Okot p'Bitek, collaborating with Jawole Zollar of Urban Bush Women. Lawino was presented at DTW, toured nationally and featured in the London International Festival of Theater.

Film: Her animation Boomtown, by Jules Feiffer, was featured in the New York Film Festival, screened internationally and awarded a CINE Golden Eagle for Excellence.

Fellowships include a Fulbright and IREX to Poland to work with Jerzy Grotowski; a Rockefeller Fellowship to Bellagio,Italy; a Ford Foundation Fellowship to APPEX (Asia Pacific Performance Exchange); and an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to Japan.

Awards: She was guest director at the Festival of Arab Theater in Jordan. And is the recipient of major awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; NEA; the New York & New Hampshire Councils on the Arts; Walker Arts Center; Museum Of Contemporary Art, (L.A.); The National Music Theater Conference (the O Neill); Aaron Copland Fund; Greenwall Foundation; Art Awareness; Meet The Composer. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP and SSDC. She studies drumming with Glen Velez.



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