Padra Crisafulli (they/them) is a theatre artist who bends time, space, and reality to tell stories. They hail from… well, they moved around a lot as a kid between Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Texas. With a background in performance and piano, Padra inundated themself as the residential composer and sound designer amongst their peers before developing their skills as a director with their all-femme production of The Bald Soprano in high school. Now, with a BFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University, they have created, choreographed, scored, and directed works from movement pieces and operas to performance art installations and radio dramas. Their recent work has focused on the surreal impact of loneliness on one’s perception of reality.
As a director, their conception of a production of Ubu Roi was showcased in the Common Design Project at the Prague Quadrennial, representing Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, their direction of the mono-opera PETROV performed in the National Museum of Serbia in conjunction with the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. They have worked under Aya Ogawa and Haruna Lee on the New York Times’s Critics Pick Suicide Forest at the Bushwick-Starr, and observed Scott Elliott with the New Group production of Jesse Eisenberg’s Happy Talk. Under the moniker “neutruhl”, Padra expresses themself sonically through producing music, currently working on a series of lo-fi suites exploring the intersection of consciousness and nature.