Chava Curland is a freelance director, designer, mask and puppet artist, podcaster, and artistic director of See-Saw Theatre Lab. She gained her love of theater from her father, an avid theater-goer, and her artistic talent from her mother, a classically trained oil painter. From early childhood, Chava was drawing, designing, writing, and crafting her own make-believe worlds and characters. She graduated from Ithaca College with a BA in Drama, Minor Anthropology, and attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, including study at the St.Petersburg Arts Academy in Russia. A renaissance woman at heart, Chava has worked in New York literary departments, national theater schools, Twin Cities play labs, Balinese wood shops, various administrative offices, and theaters large and small, always in the pursuit of compelling stories and heartfelt connection.
Her recent directing credits include Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree (2018 Play Development Residency at Ithaca College, NY), The Womyn’s Mysteries conceived by Chava Curland; Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel (See-Saw Theatre Lab, MN); Shooter by Sam Graber (Associate Producer/Assistant Director, ManyTracks at Theater Lab, NYC); The Sitayana, or How to Make an Exit by Lavina Jadhwani, Gone by Cody Daigle (Gadfly Theatre Productions, MN); Leah’s Train by Karen Hartman (20% Theatre Company, MN); Visiting Mr. Green and Dream of Perfect Sleep (Theatre NOW, MN), The Mitten, The Oresteia, Bebop with Aesop (Stagecoach Performing Arts School); and Games to Play While Driving (Manhattan Repertory Theater, NYC).
Her recent mask, puppetry, and design credits include Odyssey at the Edge of Light, Snowbound, Out of the Blue, Tracing Fault Lines, Paper Garden:Entomos (Puppeteer/Designer, Mad Munchkin Productions, MN), Volpone by Ben Johnson, Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, The Tempest by William Shakespeare (Mask/Puppet designer, Classical Actors Ensemble), It’s A Good Life, a immersive presentation at the 2013 Rod Serling Festival (Production Manager/Lead Puppeteer, Ithaca, NY), and multiple May Days at In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. She has apprenticed in Balinese Topeng Mask carving under Ida Bagus Oka and Droznin Russian movement acrobatics under Rachel Jett, and has studied Commedia del Arte, Le Coq, Rasa Boxes, and Meyerhold’s Biomechanics.
“This show was so well executed, with a talented group of diverse women at the helm… This show lifts the veil of the Patriarchy from the women of the past, and challenges the audience to see them in new, whole, and human ways. Solid cast, brilliant and visionary direction.”
-Terrie Coats, on The Womyn’s Mysteries
With so many projects, talents, and inspirations, it can be hard to explain it all in a short, snappy paragraph. If you want to see the full listing of my work experience, click the button below to view my resume.