Founded in 1972, ShadowLight Productions brings the stories of the
world to light through cross-cultural storytelling and the magic of
shadow theater. Original, interdisciplinary performances combine the
power and mystery of shadows, the scale of film, and the immediacy of
live performance. The shadow plays are rooted in Chinese, Tibetan,
Indonesian, Filipino, European, and Latin American performing arts
Each ShadowLight show is created by a collaborating
ensemble of writers, choreographers, composers, designers, actors,
dancers, musicians, and puppeteers.
Larry Reed pioneered contemporary shadow theater by integrating
traditional shadow theater techniques (which he studied and performed
for two decades) with American theater and film styles. Reed is one of
few Americans to be trained in wayang kulit, Balinese shadow puppetry.
Also a documentary filmmaker, Reed's film ShadowMaster is an intimate portrait of a family of Balinese performers; it has aired on PBS and the Discovery Channel.
has played such sites as New York's Public Theater, San Francisco’s
Theater Artaud, France's Institut Internationale de la Marionette, the
New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts, and California Institute for
the Arts. The company’s work is featured in puppetry and theater
journals worldwide, has twice been awarded the UNIMA/USA Citation for
Excellence from the International Puppetry Association, and has been
nominated for a theatrical design award by the American Theater Wing.
ShadowLight offers free and low priced public performances and
workshops, and collaborates with other groups to develop audiences
across cultural and disciplinary boundaries, including the shadow work
for the 2004 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and People Like Me 2005.