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Elise Thoron

United States

Grants Awarded

2010 | Theater | Japan

to travel to Japan in August 2010 to continue work on Recycling: washi tales

2008 | Theater | Japan

to research traditional paper-making in Kyoto and attend theater and dance performances in Japan


Special Event / United States

Recycling: Washi Tales

November 10, 2017 - November 18, 2017

A performance of four tales of paper making from Japanese history unfolds in the worl created by distinguished paper artist, Kyoko Ibe.

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Grantees: Elise Thoron, Karen Kandel, Sakurai Makiko, Soeda Sonoko

Performance / United States


April 19, 2018 - May 6, 2018

ACC grantee Elises Thoron adapted and directs THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that chronicles the life of Oscar de León, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey. Oscar is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Performed by artist Elvis Nolasco (“American Crime”, “She’s Gotta Have It”), this production shows the importance of facing fear with love.

In collaboration with Literature to Life, each performance will feature a short pre- and post-performance discussion.

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Grantee: Elise Thoron