Skin Horse Theater is a performance collective dedicated to experimentation.
Our work is not bound by genre, or by any particular dogma or mode of performance. Our purpose is simply to do what we have not done before, to try something new and vastly different with each project.
We are invested in theater as a holistic endeavor, in which performer, space, design, text, and sensory experience are all equal to and in dialogue with one another.
We believe in stealing inspiration from anywhere and performing in any space that inspires us.
We believe that challenging ourselves through inquiry and experimentation is the best way to create compelling work that will keep hold of you long after you have left the theater, garage, or air duct where we happen to be performing.
We hope you like it.
Skin Horse is a performance collective founded at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York in 2007 by Brian Fabry Dorsam, Anna Henschel, Veronica Hunsinger-Loe, Nat Kusinitz and Evan Spigelman. In 2009, we produced our first original work, Curiouser: An Historical Inaccuracy. In the fall of 2009, we moved to New Orleans and reimagined Curiouser for the New Orleans Fringe Festival. We have been making work in New Orleans ever since.
Skin Horse believes foremost in the principle of experimentation. Experimentation can take a lot of forms in theater, but for us it means simply that we try the untried and explore the unexplored. With every new project, we strive to push ourselves forward, to do what we’ve never done, and to show audiences something they’ve never seen. For this reason, our brief history is vastly diverse. We have created original works (Nocturnes (I-III), Curiouser: An Historical Inaccuracy, SARAH), adapted works of literature (The Hunting of the Snark), reconfigured existing theatrical works (CATS, Romeo and Juliet [Eating Contest]), choreographed a long-form dance piece (Port/Architect), created a number of short works (Psychopathia Sexualis, A List of Argentine Films of 1941 [Discontinuous]), staged a cult musical (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), and produced an annual community-driven original works festival (24).
We are a nomadic company with no particular home. We rehearse in living rooms, schools, art museums, warehouses, and public parks, and perform in living rooms, schools, art museums, warehouses, and public parks. We like it this way.
Evan Spigelman is a performer, director, and lighting designer hailing from Newton, Massachusetts. Evan got his B.A. in History and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bard College in New York, where he also co-managed the “Old Gym” multipurpose arts venue with fellow Skin Horse co-founder Anna Henschel. Since leaving Bard, Evan has assumed all manner of roles for Skin Horse, including appearances as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Great Slashtubitch in Psychopathia Sexualis, Alice in Curiouser: An Historical Innacuracy, and as director and light designer for Port/Architect. While Evan makes Skin Horse his home, he has also worked with New Orleans based theater companies the Neutral Ground Ensemble, The NOLA Project and the Elm Theater as light designer, with New Orleans underground hip hop sensation Elespee Eloheim as director and co-creator of the psychedelic hip hop opera The Trip, with the Southern Reperatory Theater as the lead in The Lily’s Revenge, and with the Ontological Hysteric Theater in New York City. From time to time, Evan can also be seen stalking around New Orleans as his gender-confused alter ego, Ms. Asa Metric.
Veronica Hunsinger-Loe is a New Orleans based theater artist and one of the founders of Skin Horse Theater. She holds a B.A. in theater from Bard College and studied at the British American Dramatic Academy in London. As well as performing in all of Skin Horse’s original works she is their resident costume designer, she has also designed for the Bard Theater Department, and the Atlantic Theater Company. She is currently a teaching artist for Kidsmart and working with high school students to create multi-media collaborative works at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans. Theater credits include Lewis Carroll in Skin Horse’s Curiouser: An Historical Inaccuracy, Helena in NOLA Project’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Alice in Jonathon Mares production of Closer, and Steph in RJ Tsarov’s Allways Saturday. This fall she can be seen in the New Orleans Film Festival as Evelyn in the narrative short In The Garden and is in production for the films Mary Mary with the Munchausen Group and I Hope You Find What You Came Here to See with St. Elliot and co.
Anna Henschel made her home in New Orleans in 2009 to found Skin Horse Theater and learn how to eat crawfish. Anna is a producer and artist, focused on production and execution of festivals and events nationally and locally. She works for the New Orleans-based National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network as part of the National Programs/Convenings staff where she produces the annual ‘Live & On Stage’ performance showcases. Anna holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Bard College and is a native of New York, NY. She fulfills duties as Co-Artistic Director and Company Manager of Skin Horse Theater, including producing the annual 24 Hour Theater Festival.
Brian received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from Bard College in 2009. He is currently in pursuit of his Master of Arts degree in Literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. He is the author of SARAH, a psychological drama created and produced by Skin Horse in the fall of 2011. For SARAH, Brian was nominated for Best Original Work by the Big Easy Awards. In 2013, he was nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy by the Big Easy Awards for his performance as Algernon in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Brian is also a comic writer, freelance graphic designer, and the comics editor at Neutrons/Protons, an online and offline literary magazine. When he finds the time, he reads about evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and astrophysics.
Nat Kusinitz is a New Orleans based director, performer and graphic designer, and one of the founding members of Skin Horse Theater. He spent his formative years in Brooklyn, New York and received a B.A. in Directing at Bard College. He has worked alongside renowned theater artists in The Wooster Group and Bread and Puppet Theater. In 2010 he became a published illustrator and, along with Brian Dorsam, operates a small graphic design company. Directing credits include Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare, Caryll Churchill’s The Skriker and Skin Horse Theater’s own Curiouser: An Historical Inaccuracy and SARAH. Performing credits include Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a Butoh dancer in Port/Architect, and Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest. He dabbles frequently in Toy Theater, a long forgotten form of Victorian home entertainment.