Fiasco! is an absurdist, physical theatre company that specializes in ensemble creation and immersion based theatrical events. Ensemble members are highly trained in improvisation, acrobatics, physical comedy, dance, music, and spectacle. We are jugglers, tight-rope walkers, acrobats, dancers and purveyors of make believe.
As a group of performers trained in ensemble based theatre, we want to customize a unique los angeles experience that is inspired by the personalities and contributions of the audience as well as the performers to elicit delight and celebrate the act of collaborative creation.
Moses Norton is an actor, director, mime, acrobat, and theater-creator. Moses received his MFA from the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. In addition to producing his own underground immersive theatre experiences, he also works as a specialty Clown and acrobat for the LA Opera and the critically acclaimed LA based Physical Theatre company Not Man Apart. Moses is also a co-founder of UpLift Physical Theatre, and performs with the Dell'Arte Company. Before returning to his home in LA he lived in Barcelona, studying mime, training in circus and physical theatre at Estudis Berti Tovias as well as touring the Catalonian Cabaret scene. Moses has a passion for flipping, inverting, walking on wires, juggling, traveling and speaking other languages, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese in particular.
Erin Leigh Crites is an international theatre artist, educator, and member of Actor’s Equity. In the past year Erin has traveled extensively to explore the global community and create bonds through theatrical play. She performed in the debut production of The Christians at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and after it’s critical success, joined the cast to perform again at the Mark Taper Forum here in LA. She originated a role in Nobel Prize Winner, Dario Fo's newest, unpublished play, La Storia di Qu for the International Milan Expo, performed in Kenya and Nicaragua as an ensemble member of Clowns Without Borders, and danced in Bourbon Baroque’s Dido and Aeneas at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Before moving to Los Angeles, Erin was the Director of Graduate Studies and Head of Movement for the Master’s of Fine Arts program in Acting at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She also directed Improvaganda!, HINT! A Masked Murder Mystery, The Man Who Knows, and Commedia Canon! in collaboration with UofL, Theatre 502, and Savage Rose Classical Theatre respectively. She has a passion for travel and creating community, often through theatrical endeavors. She holds an MFA in physically based ensemble theatre from Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre and is a full time instructor at Idyllwild Arts Academy.
Kent Jenkins is an actor / musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from Portland, OR, Kent has studied at Dell’Arte International, the Moscow Art Theatre School and Patty’s Daycare Preschool. When not producing theatre with Fiasco or his award-winning company, Scherzo, Kent can be found playing his homemade RimbaTubes live at 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica or under the alias Snubby J on YouTube.
Yiouli Archontaki is an award winning physical theatre performer, dancer, choreographer, musician, director and architect originating from Greece.
Before moving to L.A., Yiouli spent a number of years traveling, studying and residing throughout Europe and Asia. She holds an M.F.A. in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from the Dell'Arte International School in USA, a BA Hons and a Post graduate Diploma in Architecture from the London Metropolitan University in UK, an IDB1 Flamenco & Spanish Dance Teaching Degree from the Spanish Dance Society and years of experience on stage. Yiouli has performed, taught and trained around the globe.
Yiouli creates and produces her own solo work and is currently the Artistic Director of the St Sophia Foundation Theatre Department, an Associate Member of the Actors' Gang and a performing artist with Fiasco! Physical Theatre.
Darren Sarkin found his way into lighting wandering the myriad glowing orbs and pretty things at Burning Man in 2008: From there he was hooked and started exploring Theatrical Lighting at UC Santa Cruz. After graduating, he directed theater in China for a year before coming back and falling into busking light shows for local clubs and slowly building a repertoire. At this very moment, Darren is building Wingspeak Productions in Los Angeles, creating custom chandeliers, and climbing thousand foot cliffs in the wilderness.
Maggie Lally is a performer from Venice Beach, California (growing up only a few blocks away from the Electric Lodge!). Her artistic mediums vary from theater, acrobatics, choral singing, rock n roll and circus. In 2008, she began her performance career stilt walking with vaudeville cirque troupe, Lucent Dossier. She then quickly moved onto internationally touring with musician, Emilie Autumn. Since then she has performed on stages and street corners throughout Europe, Australia, Russia, South America and the US. Her most gratifying work has been pursuing hospital and humanitarian clowning with Patch Adams and his organization, Gesundheit! Institute. In 2014, Maggie received her PTP certificate from Dell Arte International School of Physical Theater. Of the many great blessings that came from Dell Arte, one of the most important is, it has united her with the other actors of Fiasco!.