Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
SETH LEPORE

"Part Friedrich Nietzsche, part Jim Carrey, Lepore is sharp and challenging and funny and will help keep you honest and light-hearted around your own search for peace and happiness.” -Flavorpill

Seth Lepore provides thought-provoking and engaging one-man shows of the highest caliber. He is dedicated to providing community members with projects that create an ongoing dialogue that delves into the underlying nature of the human condition. The pieces serve as an empathetic mirror of our culture in order to create new perspectives and understandings, with a high focus on the balance between humor and sincerity.

Lepore currently tours a trilogy of one-man shows on the underbelly of the self-help movement. Losing My Religion: Confessions of a New Age Refugee, a hysterical romp through America's spiritual enterprise has won Audience Awards at the Boulder, Minnesota and Frigid Fringe Festivals and was named one of the top ten plays of 2011 by TC Daily Planet.

The second installment SuperHappyMelancholyexpialidocious (Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Something That Feels Better Than This) led Lepore to being called "part Friedrich Nietzsche, part Jim Carrey...". Kicking Ass and Taking Names (Measuring Success One Failure at a Time) is an interactive solo show that deals with our cultural obsession and misunderstandings of externalized success and internalized failure.

Firecracker Bye Bye, a comic tearjerker about the best Italian-America grandmother...ever, began touring in the sumemr of 2013.

Lepore also tours War/Peace, a weeklong installation and participatory performance project involving community members throughout the United States. Community members will be given the opportunity to define what war and peace means, interact with what other people think and create visual representations of their ideas, feelings and thoughts that will become part of a transparent database.

Lepore is working with bestselling author and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff to take his book Present Shock and make it into a multi-media devised theatrical experience. In development throughout 2015. Premiering 2016.

"The writing and ideas here are smart, fresh, and stimulating, and Lepore's precise acting hammers them home…" -nytheatre.com

One mark of a quality show is how often you find yourself referring back to it when critiquing other shows. This one-man show…demonstrated how satire is sharpest when you don’t underestimate your target." -Twin Cities Daily Planet

"Lepore stretches the limits of character acting by switching effortlessly between facial expressions & expert voice work to bring these people to life on the turn of a dime…" -mpls.tv

Lepore is a brilliant comedian (he perfects accents and extreme personalities) that does not need props in order to keep the crowd entertained.” Maryland Theatre Guide

Lepore comes across a lone, common-man hero…Possessing a rubber-faced ability to slide cleanly into character and deadly accurate powers of observation, Lepore’s acting is integral to the success of [the piece] and worth the price of admission alone.” -Brattleboro Reformer

Fees listed for NEST-eligible Touring range in price accoirding to residencies, block booking and other factors. All fee inquiries should be discussed in detail with Craig Knudsen, Agent, Knudsen Productions. Contact craig@knudsenproductions.com or (510) 549-1777.

  • Three of the 20 characters that come alive in the show SuperHappyMelancholyexpialidocious. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Something Yhat Feels Better Than This.
  • Mitten phones
  • A clip from Losing My Religion: Confessions of a New Age Refugee written and performed by Seth Lepore. In this clip we learn all about the struggles and triumphs of people belonging to Personal Growth Addicts Anonymous. Visit http://sethums.com
    Personal Growth Addicts Anonymous (PGAA)

    Personal Growth Addicts Anonymous (PGAA)

  • A clip of Addicted to Unhappiness from the solo show SuperHappyMelancholyexpialidocious. Find out about the difference between authentic happiness and everything else.
    Addicted to Unhappiness

    Addicted to Unhappiness

  • Ingrown, a scene from the solo show SuperHappyMelancholyexpialidocious. Who knew there was an online forum for people with Ingrown Toenails. You. Are. Not. Alone!
    Ingrown

    Ingrown

  • Watch selected interviews from the War/Peace Project, an Interactive Community Dialogue and Installation.
    War/Peace in Northampton, MA

    War/Peace in Northampton, MA

I Have Worked With

  • October 2014

    State: RI
    Date: 10/2013
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading/residency
    Email: 95empire@as220.org
    Phone:

    I held a residency for two weeks at 95 Empire, the black box theater held under AS220, in order to remount Firecracker Bye Bye. I then performed two weeks of the show.

  • August 2014

    State: RI
    Date: 8/2014
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading/residency
    Email: fringe@thewilburygroup.org
    Phone:

    I performed two shows of Kickin' Ass and Takin' Names.

  • March 2014

    State: WI
    Date: 3/2014
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
    Email: david.mckay@uwc.edu
    Phone: 608-758-6565 x757

    I was hired to perform Losing My Religion: Confessions of a New Age Refugee.

     

     

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Seth
Job Title/Position: 
Performing Artist/ Humorist
Mailing Address: 
Main St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Physical Address: 
Easthampton, MA 01027
Last Name: 
Lepore
Phone: 
(510) 549-1777

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Improv
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
2009
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
General Public
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
25
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Fractured Atlas Fiscally Sponsored Project
Network of Ensemble Theaters Member
Easthampton City Arts + Member
Awards: 
Frigid Fringe Audience Award 2013
Boulder Fringe Festival Audience Encore Award 2010
Minnesota Fringe Festival Audience Encore Award 2011
B.E.A.M. Grant 2001
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Basic lighting grid and sound system re-enforcement. Stage that is a minimum of 12x12.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$2,000
Fee Range Maximum: 
$4,500
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1

I am a Teaching Artist

Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$2,000
Fee Range Maximum: 
$4,500