Akropolis Performance Lab

About Akropolis Performance Lab

Akropolis Performance Lab (APL) is an ensemble-based theatre company founded in 2000 by Co-Artistic Directors Joseph and Zhenya Lavy. 

Ours is an artisanal approach, favoring exquisite creation, subtly nuanced for small audiences, questioning intellects, and individual experience. An Akropolis performance opens only when the art is ready. Through ongoing ensemble training -- both inherited and original to the company -- as well as extended exploration and rehearsal processes, APL crafts deeply layered performance experiences at the intersection of source material, cultural heritage, physical action, music, dance, and personal memory. Reduced to its most fundamental level, theatre exists only in the relationship between actor and witness. Therefore, we embrace a minimalist aesthetic; we eliminate the noise of our modern, techno-frenetic world, bring clarity to the actor-witness relationship, and enrich the experience for all. Simultaneously ancient and new, beautiful and essential, our ensemble-creative-mind’s distinct aesthetic signature is Theatre of Polyphony.

The co-artistic directors' artistic lineage comes through the Central and Eastern European heritage of Meyerhold, Vakhtangov, and Jerzy Grotowski (Polish Theatre Lab and Objective Drama). 

Company members are Annie Paladino, Emily Jo Testa, Joseph Lavy, Margaretta Campagna, Matt Sherrill, Nick Rempel, Sara Kaus, Tyler Polumsky, and Zhenya Lavy; our Junior Artistic Associate is Catherine Lavy. 

Recent work includes Ecce Faustus (2016, original), The Glas Nocturne (2015, Joseph's adaptation of Hjalmar Söderberg's novel Doktor Glas, for which Joseph won a Seattle Footlight Award for solo acting), Pomegranate & Ash (2015, original, presented as part of On the Boards' Open Studio), and Uncle Vanya (2014, Zhenya's translation from Chekhov's Russian). The first company in Seattle to create devised pieces for theatre, APL's original and devised work has also included main-stage productions of an adaptation of Macbeth, Song of Songs, Jeanne The Maid: A Trial And Execution Of Jeanne D'Arc, and 2004's highly acclaimed Dream of a Ridiculous Man -- which was remounted for the 2005 national Theatre Communications Group conference and was also the subject of a feature article The Stage (Moscow, Russia - Winter 2006). The company also presented a highly successful adaptation of Seneca’s Oedipus (2006) and Week 2 of the world premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days / 365 Plays. 

The ensemble hosts Sunday Salons (a popular, quarterly play reading series) and offers regular workshops in physical and vocal praxis. 

Akropolis Performance Lab is a Washington State Non-Profit Corporation.

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Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

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