Yulya Dukhovny

Yulya Duchovny

Artist in Residence
Phone: (805) 565-7040
Email: theatre@westmont.edu
Office Location: Porter Hall

Office Hours
By Appointment

Paper/Toy/Model Theatre and Puppetry

Yulya Dukhovny is a multidisciplinary artist living in Long Beach, California. She centers on the Model Theater medium and contemporary interpretation of traditional paper/toy theater,  popular in 19th Century Europe. Incorporating creative writing, object based performance, physical theater, experimental puppetry, video and original music, she creates dramatic visual narrative through miniature performance art. She defines her tiny-stage plays as “live paper animation performed in a vertical 2D scenic space, where six-inches paper figures turn into voyagers wading through the metaphorical landscapes on tiny wooden stages...”.  Dukhovny’s experimental work of miniature visual theater inspired multiple stage directors and set designers in creating life-size scenography. She has been a  performer and a Guest Artist resident at International Festivals of Paper Toy Theater in Germany, France, Mexico and Russia, "Great Small Works" International Toy Theater Festival in New York, "On Edge" Festival of Contemporary Performance Arts in Santa Barbara, Detroit and Santa Monica Museums of Arts, Japanese American National Museum, the Automata Arts in Los Angeles, National Puppetry Festival at the University of Connecticut and 2-year residency at the Meyerhold Theater Center in Moscow.

Dukhovny started her career as a classic pianist and studied at Mussorgsky State Academy in Ekaterinburg, Russia. In 1990 she moved to Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she completed her MA in music and composed original scores for theater and animation. In 1999 she received the "Best Theater Composer of the Year" award at the 20th Fringe Theater Festival in Israel. Dukhovny, as stage director, has worked extensively in opera, including work on more than 30 European and US opera productionsat the New Israeli Opera, Opera Pacific,the Atlanta Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, IU Jacobs School of Music. She was Assistant and Stage Director for Franco Zeffirelli, David Pountney, Jean Claude Auvrey, Giancarlo Del Monaco, Christopher Alden, Manfred Belharz, and Michaell Hampe among others.

Her stage work includes: House AD and Stage Director for Opera Studio programs and Summer Workshops(including Model Theaterworkshop) at the New Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv (2002-2005 )Revival director and performance manager for "The TristanProject" (Peter Sellars and Bill Viola collaboration) at the "White Nights Music Festival" in St. Petersburg, Russia 2009, and Associate Stage Director for the new production of "Faust" at Indiana University Opera Theater in 2011.  Constantly evolving, Yulya Dukhovny expands her aspiration to combine means and forms of artistic expression. She recalls with gratitude her artist grandfather, in whose studio she spent countless hours and days, and his role in her formation as a free-thinking artist, from a very early age.