Ivan Faute (Playwright, ELEPHANT)

Ivan studied prose writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago Program for Writers under the direction of Cris Mazza. Late in his program, he rediscovered his love for playwriting and took additional courses at Chicago Dramatists and Stage Left Theatre. His adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” developed under the direction of Austrian writer Marlene Streeruwitz, won the first City Lit Art of Adaptation Festival, which led to further collaboration with director Stephen Murray. They presented THE DARLING CHILDREN, an alternative look at Barrie’s Peter Pan, at the New York International Fringe Festival. While in Chicago, he also volunteered with Redmoon’s School Partnership and Dramagirls programs as well as Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Summer Lab program for high school students. Since that time, his works have been produced in Houston, San Diego, New York, and London, including the monologue “On Arriving at the Refugee Processing Center, UNHCR,” as part of the One Festival at The Space (London), a piece that is now part of the Protest Plays Project catalogue. This summer the physical theater piece BIRTH, DEATH & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, developed with choreographer Suzanne Wiltgen, will premier at Capital Fringe (Washington, DC). This collaborative, movement-based project emerged from workshops with Leigh Fondakowski of Tectonic Theater Group at Life Jacket Theatre (NY). His stage adaptation of Cris Mazza’s novella DISABILITY premiered at the Planet Connections Festivity (New York) in June of last year. He is currently revising a full-length play that mashes together the life of Theosophist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and a gruesome Chicago murder of 1912. Apart from playwriting, his prose appears in a variety of journals and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was a finalist for the Calvino Prize, and twice shortlisted for the Rannu Fund for Writers of Speculative Literature. Writer Roxane Gay called his short story collection Pho, “a truly memorable read.” He is currently an Assistant Professor in English at Christopher Newport University in southeast Virginia where he teaches a variety of creative writing as well as African-American drama. www.ivanfaute.org


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