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The (Fabled) Life and (Imaginary) Death of Eric F. Avery
Intermedia Arts
Minneapolis, MN
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The (Fabled) Life and (Imaginary) Death of Eric F. Avery
Intermedia Arts presents
Created and Performed by Eric F. Avery, Co-Directed by Molly Van Avery
In the Theater, Gallery, and Outside | Part of the Inside Out Festival

The (Fabled) Life and (Imaginary) Death of Eric F. Avery is an interactive performance that projects an entire audience into the future. Their guide on this journey is the fictional, or maybe not-so-fictional, creator of the performance, Eric F. Avery, who is doing his best to navigate the changing landscape in an unsure world. From celebrating at his wedding, to creating a new civilization, to witnessing his death(s) audiences will experience and share in the rituals, milestones, and moments that connect us.


I was born and raised in Topeka, KS and subsequently studied at the University of Kansas where I earned a BGS in Theatre.  At KU I trained in directing, acting, and movement; and had the opportunity to work on many productions within the department and in the community.  Upon graduation I received the departments highest honor, The Kilty Cane Award.

After graduating I moved to Minneapolis, MN and co-founded Savage Umbrella, a theatre ensemble dedicated to socially relevant new works.  Shortly after I arrived I was commissioned by the Spencer Museum of Art to write and direct Cabaret Harlem in honor of the first national art exhibition of painter and muralist Aaron Douglas. The Spencer had previously granted me full use of their central court to create Spectrum!, a performance piece which explored color through music, dance, and movement.

For a brief period of time I lived in Chicago, IL where I primarily worked as a dramaturg for a number of storefront theatre companies.  It was during this period I decided to seek out opportunities that would offer more direct service and practical applications of art.

I was fortunate enough to find an AmeriCorps position in Albuquerque, NM as the Theatre Outreach Coordinator at the VSA North 4th Art Center. There I created and administrated multiple outreach programs that worked with diverse populations utilizing theatre as the primary tool for education and therapeutic expression.  Some of the population included children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, incarcerated minors, refugees, and adults with mental health concerns. While in Albuquerque my work shifted even further into the realms of Theatre for Social Change and Theatre as activism.

Next, I entered grad school at Towson University to pursue an MFA in interdisciplinary theatre.  There I performed, directed, danced, wrote, designed, dramturged, choreographed, devised, puppeteered, produced, and well. most anything thats done, I did and do.  Currently, Im work as freelance artist and educator while developing a number of independent projects across the US and occasionally abroad.

I also like warm weather and chocolate.

The (Fabled) Life and (Imaginary) Death of Eric F. Avery is supported by Forecast Public Art with funding from the Jerome Foundation. This festival is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota


Intermedia Arts (View)
2822 Lyndale Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Other > Festivals

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Non-Smoking: Yes!


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