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Sophia Michahelles

visual artist

Sophia Michahelles brought her background in set design and art history to Processional Arts Workshop. Since 1998 she has collaborated with Alex Kahn to design and build the giant puppets that perform at the head of New York’s Annual Village Halloween Parade. She has created site-specific processions with communities in Maine, Texas, Michigan, Oregon and New York, as well as in Italy where they run an annual workshop, and Trinidad where they designed, created and performed a band for Carnival, and collaborated with local artists. Michahelles was granted an Artist Residency at the Caribbean Center for Contemporary Art, was the recipient of a 2006 Mid-Atlantic Artists Foundation Artists and Communities Grant, and is a Roman J. Witt Visiting Artist at the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design. Michahelles is also a performer with Basil Twist’s Obie-Award winning Symphonie Fantastique, and has created and performed solo puppet shows, including “Georgette’s Debut” her one-woman drag burlesque of George Bush. She is a devoted practicer of Capoeira, is learning to stilt-walk, and designs skirts and bags under the label sophia.THAYAHT.