kt shorb is a director, performer, writer and founder of the Generic Ensemble Company. She has trained in Suzuki Actor Training and Viewpoints with the SITI Company and Zen Zen Zo. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College Conservatory and a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a founding member of Stamp Lab, winner of the 2008 ArtSpark Festival and the 2009 FronteraFest Short Fringe “Best of Fest.” She recently premiered her solo show, Una Corda, directed by Yvan Greenberg of Laboratory Theater (Brooklyn). Acting credits include: “Count Thurzo” in Vampyress (Vortex Rep), “Flash Gorgeous” in The Majestic, “Nina” in T.A.G., “Claude/Ventriloquist” in HUSH, “Reverend” in Why Koreans Don’t Hug. Directing credits include: Stuck on Gee-Dot, and by a quiet sea. shorb has been invited to present her work at Oberlin College, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the University of Texas at Austin, Southwestern University, the Center for Women and Their Work and the COLLAGE Collaborative Festival (Philadelphia).
kt shorb is a multi-disciplinary artist who grew up in Massachusetts, rural Japan, and Tokyo. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in music composition from Oberlin College Conservatory and an MA in Radio-Television-Film from University of Texas at Austin. She is trained in the Suzuki Acting Method and Viewpoints with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company as well as with Simon Woods of Zen Zen Zo (Brisbane, Australia). She has trained in Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed with Julian Boal and Bárbara Santos.
shorb is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Generic Ensemble Company, a troupe that foregrounds marginal bodies in collaborative, ensemble-based work. She was a Root/Founding member of Stamp Lab: A Performance Group. Stamp Lab received the 2008 ArtSpark Festival Theater Prize for HUSH for which shorb was an actor, co-writer, and songwriter. Stamp Lab also received a FronteraFest 2009 “Best of Fest–Short Fringe” award for T.A.G., for which shorb was a co-writer and actor.
As a director, shorb facilitates physical virtuosity and intensity. Directing credits include: Eagle Woman Poems (Natalie Marlena Goodnow); Stuck on Gee-Dot (Generic Ensemble Company, 2010); the performance installation, Piri! (Stamp Lab, 2009); and by a quiet sea (Wura-Natasha Ogunji, 2009). She has also offered dramaturgical support for the Vortex Repertory Company’s premier of AIR (2011; Bonnie Cullum, dir.).
shorb recently premiered her solo performance ritual about cancer, Una Corda (Yvan Greenber, dir), for which she has received funding from the City of Austin and artist residencies with Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change, Co-Lab Austin, and the University of Chicago. Other performance credits include: “Count Thurzo” in Vampyress (Chad Salvata, 2010; Bonnie Cullum, dir), Chorus member in Remember El Alma (Barbara Renaud González, 2010; Virginia Grise, dir); “Sadako” in Relativity (Jennifer Margulies, 2009), “Flash Gorgeous” in The Majestic (Ana-Maurine Lara, 2009; Matt Richardson, dir); “Nina” in T.A.G. (Stamp Lab, 2009; Natalie Goodnow, dir); “Claude/Ventriloquist” in HUSH (Stamp Lab, 2008; Florinda Bryant, dir); “Donnie” in Beaver Scores (Hybrid Vigor Productions, 2008; Bug Davidson, dir); “Reverend” in Why Koreans Don’t Hug (Soo-Jin Lee, 2008; Luke Leonard, dir.); instructional videos produced by the Insight Learning Foundation and Demand Media; Kings ‘N’ Things Drag King Performance and her solo show, of chicks, dicks, and chinks (2005). Excerpts of her work have been presented at the Center for Women and Their Work The Ancestors and the Archive event, the “60 in 60” fund-raising event for the Fusebox Festival, and the COLLAGE Collaborative Arts Festival in Philadelphia.
As a writer, shorb focuses on the relationship between social structures (such as race and sexuality) and personal expression. Her poetry/prose piece, “prelude and fugue in yellow and grey” appears in the anthology, Restoried Selves: Autobiographies of Queer Asian Pacific American Activists. Two of her essays appear in The Blind Chatelaine’s Keys, edited by Eileen Tabios. Her story, “Hara-chigai” was a finalist for the 2009 Fish Publications Short Story Prize. She has served on awards panels for the Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia (2010), and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York City (2007).
shorb has presented her performance work on multiple college campuses, including the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Oberlin College, Southwestern University, and the University of Texas at Austin. She has served as faculty at Southwestern University (Theatre) and the University of Texas at Austin.