Zoo Mundo is fantastic voyage of live theatrical cinema in which three stories take spectators on a voyage from Ethiopia to Antarctica and eclectic points in between.
Theater director, designer and performer Thaddeus Phillips (Zoo Motel, 17 Border Crossings, A Billion Nights on Earth, Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, Lost Soles) and artist Steven Dufala (HOME & The Object Lesson) transport viewers across the Earth entire with a live cinematic play about humanity & coffee titled Zoo Mundo. Tracing the path along the route out of East Africa and the bones of Lucy (and the first coffee beans), Zoo Mundo weaves three stories that follow a line across Buckminister Fuller’s Dymaxian map of Earth with stops in Marrakesh, Venice, on the Siberian Express to Pyongyang, across the Bering Straight and down the Pacific coast ending in Antartica. All this is performed by Phillips live and over the world wide web, in and around miniature and surreal sets created by Obie Award winning Artist and Designer, Steven Dufala. Zoo Mundo is an exploration on what makes us human, where we have been and where we are going and is performed for only 25 screens nightly.
Thaddeus Phillips is a theater director, designer and actor known as “one of the most creative theater artists in the United States” (Westword Magazine). His innovative original creations have been presented at Assembly Rooms, Summerhall, Arcola Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre as well as Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop and the Barrow Street Theatre, at the BAM Next Wave Festival and have toured around the world from London to Hong Kong to Perth to Moscow. Selected creations include: Red-Eye to Havre de Grace ,17 Border Crossings, Inflatable Space, ¡E. Conquistador!, Capsule 33, A Billion Nights on Earth & Lost Soles. He directs internationally for various theatres, most recently in Spain and Sweden. He is a Doris Duke Artist Award recipient and appeared as an actor in ´Narcos´ (Netflix) and ´The Amazing Spider-Man 2¨.
Steven Dufala is known for his wildly imaginative stage designs of Geoff Sobelle’s Home and The Object Lesson. Home was a major hit at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival and The Object Lesson was Summerhall´s 2014 breakaway hit. Dufala´s innovative designer work involved a disappearing house for Home and thousands of boxes for The Object Lesson. Both were presented at the BAM Next Wave Festival and toured the world over. He is recipient of an Obie and Bessie award for those designs and works as an artist in installation sculpture and multimedia as one of the Dufala Brothers.
Steve Cuiffo is a famed NYC magician who has designed magic and illusions for Dana H of Broadway, David Blaine, the New Victory Theatre, Second Stage Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop. He is a co-creator of The Elephant Room and is designing magic for the current season of The Marvelous Ms. Maisel.
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.