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The Snow Twins

Wooden Marionettes fabricated by Lisi Stoessel for 'HT Darling's Incredible Musaeum'. Photograph by Photos by Kintz

Set Design: Lady M

Set Design for 'Lady M'. Photograph by JJ Tiziou

The Owners Private Fight

Scene from 'HT Darling's Incredible Musaeum' Puppeteers: Lisi Stoessel, David Brasington. Camera by Glenn Ricci

Underland Tour

Scene from 'HT Darling's Incredible Musaeum' Performer: Lisi Stoessel (Curator Maude). Camera by Glenn Ricci

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About Lisi

Baltimore City

Lisi Stoessel is a hybrid theatre artist exploring the aesthetic and transformative potential of the moving body in space. This lifelong interest has led her from depicting the bodies of others as a visual artist and set designer to performing with her own body in the fields of puppetry, dance, and physical theatre. Lisi likes to create work that playfully disrupts habitual ways of thinking and being through immersing audiences in meaningful, vivid, otherworldy experiences. Lisi lives in Baltimore and... more

Concept, Aesthetic Direction, and Set Design: H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum

H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Acquisitions from the Perisphere

Produced by Submersive Productions
Created by the Ensemble
The Peale Center
Baltimore, MD
2017

Concept: Lisi Stoessel
Directors: Lisi Stoessel, Susan Stroupe, Glenn Ricci
Set Design: Lisi Stoessel
Costume Design: Stephanie Parks
Lighting Design: James Johnson
Sound Design: Glenn Ricci
Prop Master: Ursula Marcum
Cast: Josh Aterovis, Francisco Benavides, David Brasington, Emily Hall, Martha Robichaud, Trustina Sabah, Lisi Stoessel, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, Alex Vernon
Puppet Fabrication: Francisco Benavides,Ursula Marcum, Jess Rassp, Lisi Stoessel, Alex Vernon

Summary:
The Incredible Musaeum immerses the audience inside a Belle Epoque-style cabinet of curiosities brought to life through performance, puppetry, interactive sets, an original soundtrack, multiple story lines, and delights for all the senses. Created by a team of more than 20 Baltimore artists, the performance and installation activates all four floors of The Peale Center.

"Conceptualist Lisi Stoessel..has created an experience that defies description in the most imaginatively miraculous way possible. Truly a mesmerizing wonder, entering H.T. Darling’s Incredible MUSÆUM is nothing short of venturing to another planet somewhere beyond the reaches of our temporal and spatial understanding. It is spectacle, adventure, mystery, and so much more all captured in one experience."
-Amanda Gunther, Theatre Bloom

"Part rollercoaster ride, part alternative history, part allegory on colonialism and exploitation of indigenous peoples. And it’s all parts fun.”
-Jill Kyle-Keith DC Theatre Scene

"True to its mission to “activate unused, underused or unusual spaces in Baltimore,” Submersive has made the Peale Museum come alive with one of the most exciting theatrical experiences of the year."
-Patricia Mitchell, DC Metro Theater Arts

Musaeum was made possible with support from the Jim Henson Foundation, the PNC Foundation, Bazaar, James Taylor’s Shocked and Amazed!, and Baltimore City Department of General Services

  • The Grand Hall

    The main exhibition of specimens from New Galapagos. Photo by Glenn Ricci
  • Champagne Toast

    Percy and the Curators welcome the audience in the Grand Hall. Photo by Glenn Ricci
  • Curator Dance

    The Curators dance before Maxilla in the Humanoid Specimen Enclosure. Film still by Glenn Ricci
  • Welcome Room

    The receiving area of the Musaeum with the Gift Shop behind. Photo by Glenn Ricci
  • The Overland

    Room simulating the Overland of New Galapagos, with Maude and puppets, 'HT Darling's Incredible Musaeum' Photo by Glenn Ricci
  • The Underland

    Room simulating the Underland of New Galapagos, with Maude and cave urchin puppet. Photo by Glenn Ricci
  • HT's Map Table

    H.T. Darling receiving a visitor in his Private Reception Hall. Photo by Glenn Ricci
  • HT's Toilette

    H.T. Darling broods at his dressing table. Photo by Glenn Ricci
  • Groundskeeper's Quarters

    The Groundskeeper at his conspiracy wall in the attic. Photo by Glenn Ricci
  • Percy's Desk

    Doctor Percy Warner at his desk in the Back Room. Photo by Glenn Ricci

Performance and Puppetry: H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum

H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Acquisitions from the Perisphere

Produced by Submersive Productions
Created by the Ensemble
The Peale Center
Baltimore, MD
2017

Concept: Lisi Stoessel
Directors: Lisi Stoessel, Susan Stroupe, Glenn Ricci
Set Design: Lisi Stoessel
Costume Design: Stephanie Parks
Lighting Design: James Johnson
Sound Design: Glenn Ricci
Prop Master: Ursula Marcum
Cast: Francisco Benavides, David Brasington, Emily Hall, Martha Robichaud, Trustina Sabah, Lisi Stoessel, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, Alex Vernon
Puppet Fabrication: ​Francisco Benavides, Ursula Marcum, Jess Rassp, Lisi Stoessel, Alex Vernon

Summary:
The Incredible Musaeum immerses the audience inside a Belle Epoque-style cabinet of curiosities brought to life through performance, puppetry, interactive sets, an original soundtrack, multiple story lines, and delights for all the senses. Created by a team of more than 20 Baltimore artists, the performance and installation activates all four floors of The Peale Center.

"Conceptualist Lisi Stoessel..has created an experience that defies description in the most imaginatively miraculous way possible. Truly a mesmerizing wonder, entering H.T. Darling’s Incredible MUSÆUM is nothing short of venturing to another planet somewhere beyond the reaches of our temporal and spatial understanding. It is spectacle, adventure, mystery, and so much more all captured in one experience."
-Amanda Gunther, Theatre Bloom

"Part rollercoaster ride, part alternative history, part allegory on colonialism and exploitation of indigenous peoples. And it’s all parts fun.”
-Jill Kyle-Keith DC Theatre Scene

"True to its mission to “activate unused, underused or unusual spaces in Baltimore,” Submersive has made the Peale Museum come alive with one of the most exciting theatrical experiences of the year."
-Patricia Mitchell, DC Metro Theater Arts

Musaeum was made possible with support from the Jim Henson Foundation, the PNC Foundation, Bazaar, James Taylor’s Shocked and Amazed!, and Baltimore City Department of General Services

  • Underland Tour

    Scene from 'HT Darling's Incredible Musaeum' Performer: Lisi Stoessel (Curator Maude). Camera by Glenn Ricci
  • Curator Interview

    Scene from 'HT Darling's Incredible Musaeum' Performers: Lisi Stoessel (Maude) David Brasington (Carol), Alex Vernon (Doctor Percy Warner) Camera by Glenn Ricci
  • The Snow Twins

    Wooden Marionettes fabricated by Lisi Stoessel for 'HT Darling's Incredible Musaeum'. Photograph by Photos by Kintz
  • The Tragedy of the Third Ice Age of New Galapagos

    Scene from 'HT Darling's Incredible Musaeum' Puppeteers: Lisi Stoessel, David Brasington Camera by Glenn Ricci
  • The Owners

    Foam body puppets fabricated by Lisi Stoessel for the remount version of 'HT Darling's Incredible Musaeum'.
  • The Owners Private Fight

    Scene from 'HT Darling's Incredible Musaeum' Puppeteers: Lisi Stoessel, David Brasington. Camera by Glenn Ricci
  • Overland Tour

    Maude's tour of the Overland photo by Glenn Ricci
  • The Mastodon

    Giant wood and paper mache puppet conceived by Lisi Stoessel and designed/built by Francisco Benavides. Puppeteers: Francisco Benavides, David Brasington, Jess Rassp, Trustina Sabah, Lisi Stoessel, Alex Vernon.

Performance: The Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe

Role: Barkeep (devised with Caitlin Bouxsein)
Directed by Glenn Ricci, Susan Stroupe, Michele Minnick
Created by the ensemble
Produced by Submersive Productions
The Enoch Pratt House
Baltimore, MD
Fall 2015

"The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe," a many-layered immersive theater experience in which the audience would freely explore the first floor of the Enoch Pratt House and observe one or more of nine overlapping stories based Poe's life and fiction. The fully devised work incorporated movement, spoken word, song, explorable sets, and private character encounters all synchronized to a 2-hour continuous soundtrack.

"Surprisingly unpredictable, each performance draws a small circle of theatre goers into a world both bizarre and beautiful."
Baltimore Post-Examiner

"Poe himself is not present, but is everywhere in the atmosphere."
Hyperallergic

"An intensely immersive theatrical experience like no other in Baltimore, Washington, or any of the surrounding metropolitan areas, 'The Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe' is quickly becoming Baltimore’s own 'Sleep No More'".
TheatreBloom

Performance Reel

Excerpts from the following productions:
I. "What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?"
Role: Woman
Directed by Laura Purcell
The Eugene O'Neill National Puppetry Conference
Waterford, CT USA
2014
II. "Clan Destin"
Role: Alfonso
Directed by Oliver Pollak
Created/performed by Atelier des Mimes Berlin
Blue Tap
Berlin, Germany
2015
III. "Juiced"
Role: Sticks
Created/performed by Tia Nina
The Clarice Smith Dance Theatre
College Park, MD USA
2015

Performance: Tia Nina

Tia Nina is a feminist punk rock dance band. Iconic powerhouse trio J Van Stone (Leah Curran Moon), Sammy Rain (Ilana Silverstein) and Sticks (Lisi Stoessel), deliver an exciting, rock ‘n roll meltdown of a show. Tia Nina critiques rock performance by reading the showy, phallic panache of lead guitarists, the aggressive boastful struts of front men, and the sweaty, reckless abandon of great drummers through a lens that exposes how masculine activity, feminine passivity and compulsory heterosexuality are reproduced in rock ‘n roll. Tia Nina shatters expectations and surprise audiences with a gritty, physical, surreal experience that challenges taken-for-granted assumptions about rock performance, modern dance, gender and popular culture. Through a witty social critique of contemporary gender relations, the band delivers a celebration and a deconstruction of rock ‘n roll.

“In the most entertaining way imaginable, they manage to take decades of faux masculinity and heteronormativity that we know as The Rock Show and totally eviscerate it.”
– Glenn Ricci, Delirium Dog

"[Tia Nina] is brave. It is fun. It is hilarious...4D entertainment of the 23rd century."- Zach Rosen, DC Metro Theater Arts

“‘Edgy’ is far too conservative and misleading a term to describe these three women’s intense, physical, rhythmic portrayal of the way men perceive and misperceive women … ‘Off the edge of the earth’ would be a better way of putting it.”
-Cliff Brody, cliffordbrody.com

WEBSITE:
tianinarocks.com

VIDEOS:
vimeo.com/tianina

Performance: Shadow-Matter

Shadow-Matter is a movement-based experiment in studying the effects of the unseen; from intimacy and the human subconscious to the vastness of space and the mysterious structure of matter

Shadow-Matter was created and performed in 2012 by Lisi Stoessel, Ben Drexler, and Dannie Snyder for the Artistic Blind Dates program at the Source Festival in Washington, DC. The project was funded by a Creative Communities grant from the Cultural Development Corporation.

"Shadow-Matter is enthralling"- Robert Duffley/DC Theatre Scene

"A tantalizing bit of choreographed sci-fi"- Celia Wren/Washington Post

Set, Robots, and Doll Design: Heddatron

Sets, Robots and wooden dolls created for:

Heddatron by Elizabeth Merriweather
Sideshow Theatre Company
Steppenwolf Garage
Chicago, IL
April 2011

It all starts with a book falling from the sky. Suddenly Jane Gordon, a very depressed and very pregnant Michigan housewife, finds herself kidnapped by a clan of renegade sentient robots and whisked away to the jungles of South America where she is forced to perform the title role in a mechanical version of Hedda Gabler. As a documentarian searches for the truth about Jane’s abduction and Jane’s family mounts a search party, her 10-year-old daughter Nugget discovers a past where a tormented Henrik Ibsen squeezes out each tortured word of his greatest masterpiece. Dark and savagely funny, Heddatron “achieves true, and truly original, theatrical transcendence” (Ben Brantley, NY Times) in a bizarre and strangely familiar world of reality TV and rocket launchers where everyone, metal or otherwise, just wants to feel a little bit human. Sideshow Theatre Company is proud to partner with robotics experts from across Chicago to present a cast of both human actors and functioning robots in the Chicago premiere of Elizabeth Meriwether’s frighteningly funny Heddatron.

"Lisi Stoessel’s set provides one of the most satisfying reveals you’ll see all year."
-Kris Vire/Time Out Chicago

"Director Jonathan L. Green and his team of designers have crafted an outstanding multi-sensory experience, as Christopher M. LaPorte’s sound design builds tension to the reveal of the full grandeur of Lisi Stoessel’s set and Jordan Kardasz’s lighting: the Robot Forest."
-Oliver Sava/Chicago Theatre Blog

*Lisi won a non-equity Jeff Award in Artistic Specialization for her robot design of "Hans"

See more of Lisi's creatures here:
http://www.lstoessel.com/219329/creatures/

Puppet design: A Sorcerer's Journey

Lisi cast positives of the actor/puppeteer's faces and then built upon them to create the characters Don Juan and Carlos.

A Sorcerer's Journey
by Ensemble
Single Carrot Theatre
Baltimore, MD
June 2013

Carlos Castaneda’s controversial writings on mysticism captivated a following. Who was the man behind these writings, and what about them launched a movement? An all-new original journey from Single Carrot Theatre.

See more of Lisi's puppets here:
http://www.lstoessel.com/219329/creatures/

Set Design: Lady M

Lady M
by Lauren Feldman and the Ensemble

Swim Pony Performing Arts
at Arts Bank (Philadelphia Live Arts Festival)
Philadelphia, PA
September 2011

Director: Adrienne Mackey
Lighting Designer: Maria Shaplin
Costume Designer: Alisa Kleckner

Enter the mind of Lady Macbeth. With the help of a chorus of witches, Lady M re-tells the story of her life in Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. Killing the king. The ghost at the table. The frenzied dances of the witches. Out damn spot. A battle is waged against Lady Macbeth's fate as she cycles the story around in a nightmare of bloodshed superimposed onto a background of vocal chaos.

"The cast of ten witches...crawl on (and through) an ingenious set featuring a series of weblike, nearly sheer, fabrics that dominate the entire stage"
-Estia

"The space provided a visceral backdrop. This uncomfortable feeling came from the elaborate, visually wispy and yet heavily used webbing design of Lisi Stoessel"
-Ruth K Brown/Stage Magazine

"Then I saw the stage: A majestic bed and a throne entangled in a dark and twisted web of fibers that vibed chaotic and harrowing all at once."
-Brandon Lafving/Phawker.com

See more of Lisi's set designs here:
http://www.lstoessel.com/53206/designs/

Set Design: Hotel Cassiopeia

Hotel Cassiopeia
by Charles Mee

A dreamlike biography of the visual artist Joseph Cornell, staged environmentally.

Single Carrot Theatre
Baltimore, MD
​March 2012

Director: Genevieve de Mahy
Lighting Designer: Joey Bromfield
Costume Designer: Heather Jackson
Props Designer: Ben Hoover

"Set Designer Lisi Stoessel truly captures the raw essence of this artist in her construction of the four main shadowboxes – each distinctive from the other, capturing the reclusive yet beautiful interior of Cornell’s world."
-Amanda Gunther/DC Metro Theatre Arts

"Her set really hits the mark, and offers a tactile feast for the senses, which patrons are encouraged to touch and explore upon their arrival."
-David London/What Weekly

See more of Lisi's set designs here:
http://www.lstoessel.com/53206/designs/