Larry Reed (Director) is a nationally and internationally recognized theatre artist, who is a trailblazer in the contemporary shadow theatre field. In 1972, he founded ShadowLight Productions to nurture indigenous shadow theater traditions and to explore and expand the possibilities of the shadow theatre medium. Reedhas pioneered contemporary shadow theater by integrating traditional shadow theater techniques – which he studied and performed for two decades – with American theater and film styles. He is one of the few Americans trained in Wayang Kulit, Balinese shadow puppetry, and has collaborated with artists from diverse backgrounds and traditions including Tibetan, Chinese, Indonesian, and American. Reed was voted one of the top 50 artists of the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995 and 1996 by SF Live/Metropolitan. Reed’s filmmaking experience includes producing, writing, and directing in the U.S., Mexico, Columbia, Taiwan, and Indonesia. His film Shadow Master, an intimate portrait of a family of Balinese performers, aired on PBS and Discovery. Fluent in five languages, His translations have appeared in the Asia Theater Journal and University of Hawaii Press. As a shadow artist, designer, and director, he has collaborated with Lee Breuer, Mabou Mines, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Santa Fe and LA Operas. As the Balinese shadow theater representative at the Indonesian National Theater Shadow Festival, he is one of few Westerners ever invited to perform at the festival.
*Other Ghosts of the River Artists: Favianna Rodriguez, Cascada de Flores, Octavio Solís