Inspired by Alexander Calder’s “Circus”, “Il Circo di Urbano”(Urbano’s Circus) is where art meets theatre. You will be amazed and entertained by these trash-constructed puppets as they perform their death defying and suspenseful acts. The show features Ivan the Iron-Clad Stomach, Clyde the Fearless Clown, and Boris the Elastic Acrobat.
Richard Grunn has over 20 years experience of teaching the arts to many age groups and diverse populations. He has taught workshops and residencies in Europe and at many universities, colleges, and schools in the U.S. He has taught several theatre workshops at the Concourse House, a residence for homeless women and their children in the Bronx. At P.S. 44 on Staten Island, his 3-D Literacy Program helped drastically improve the reading levels of many of the students.* He is an independent teaching artist and often works for Sundog Theatre where he teaches stagecraft, puppetry, literacy, and acting residencies in the NYC Public School System.. He also teaches literacy- based professional development programs for teachers in NYC schools. As an actor ,puppeteer, and theatre artist, he has performed on numerous stages in the NY Metropolitan area. He performed at the Arundel Arts Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe in the UK and was a featured performer at the West Cork Literary Festival and the Schull Arts Festival in Ireland. In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious Pennsylvania Councilof the Arts Fellowship in Theatre. Grunn is known for writing and performing unique multi- character works. His original one man show, Father Joiner’s Purgative Poetry Project, has toured Ireland and appeared on PBS station WSKG-Binghamton . His show The Key played at the Tusten Theatre and Sullivan Community College in NY. His play, The O. Henry Conspiracy, toured the east coast to rave reviews. Grunn has designed puppets and masks for the Metropolitan Playhouse, New York and SUNY- Old Westbury, NY. His solo work has been featured in L’Annuire Theatral (Automne 1995) and New Yorker Staats Zeitung. (Februar 1998)