EVOLVE PUPPETS has been a fixture in NYC’s indie theater scene for more than 20 years. Co-Artistic Directors Tanya Khordoc and Barry Weil have created and performed original works such as Secrets History Remembers, The Most Radiant Beauty, Becoming, Evolution, and Mercy. They received a 2011 Jim Henson Foundation Grant to create their large-scale piece, Home, which has since been seen at the Henson Carriage House and at Dixon Place. They were also given the honor of creating the world premiere production of Motormorphosis, a play by former Czech President Vàclav Havel, as part of UTC61’s Havel Festival at the Ohio Theater in NYC. Their work for others includes serving as puppetry designers and associate producers for Theatre East's musical Devil and the Deep, and creating puppets and models for UTC61’s musical adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle.
TANYA KHORDOC (Co-Artistic Director) has performed, designed, built and directed puppet theater at venues such as HERE, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Puppeteers of America National Festival, the Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference, and the Children's Museum of Manhattan. She designed and constructed stop-motion animation models for Henry Akona's production of Robert Lawson's Hiroshima: Crucible of Light. Tanya also performs and voices the character of "Phoenix" on the children’s web series Rosie’s Place.
BARRY WEIL (Co-Artistic Director) is an actor, playwright, director, filmmaker and graphic designer in addition to his work as a puppeteer and character creator. He has created puppets and masks for many NYC theatre productions, including Hope & Anchor, Unauthorized Magic in Oz, Screaming Shrubbery, Uktena, Funny as a Crutch, The Steampunk Haunted House, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Feast of the Dead. He has also inhabited the man-eating plant in so many productions of Little Shop of Horrors that he's starting to sprout leaves.