ShadowLight is one of the very few professional Shadow Theatre companies in the world. Our organization fills a distinctively unique role in the California and American theatre scenes.
About Larry Reed
Larry Reed is one of the few Americans to be trained in wayang kulit, Balinese shadow puppetry and performed in this tradition around the world over the last 35 years. In the early 1990's, Reed began expanding the scope of ShadowLights artistic activities and invented an ingenious shadow casting method, which integrates the traditional shadow theatre techniques, cinematic effects and modern theatre and dance styles. Truly multidisciplinary and performed behind and in front of a large screen (15ftx 30ft), our original works employ specially-designed projectors to cast silhouettes of puppets, actors, and cutout sets, all of which are manipulated to create astonishingly cinematic effects live on stage. Each show features live music and is created by a collaborating ensemble of writers, choreographers, composers, designers, actors, dancers, musicians and puppeteers from the various performing arts traditions such as Chinese, Tibetan, Indonesian, Japanese, Filipino and Latin American.
Board of Directors
Drew Takahashi, President
Gail Silva, Treasurer
Advisory Board: Ping Chong, Peter Coyote, Joanna Haigood
Current Arts Partners
Aptos Middle School
Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8
Everett Middle School
Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School
Martin Luther King Middle School
Mission High School
San Francisco Unified School District and the Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA)
Arts Providers Alliance of San Francisco Member
TAG (Teaching Artists Guild) Member
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