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Cave Dogs

Cave Dogs

Our unique style was originally created in 1991 when Founder Suzanne Stokes experimented with abstract figurative sculptures: spinning them in light to create shadow. Stokes’ work evolved to include dancers, costumes, props, and live sound in Fall of Perception, 1992, a performance featuring 60’ shadow projections in the Widow Jane Mine, Rosendale, NY. This is where our name originated.

Currently, Cave Dogs members are Jim Fossett, Adam Mastropaolo and Dillon Paul. The soundtracks are created by Grammy Award winner, Dean Jones.

Cave Dogs Members

Suzanne Stokes (founder, artistic director, co-writer, lighting design, performer, choreographer, props, costumes, grip, and promotions)

James Fossett (co-founder, producer, video and sound design, co-writer, lighting design, performer, prop design, tech design, grip)

Adam Mastropaolo (co-writer, lighting design, performer, choreographer, props, grip, web design and promotions)

Dillon Paul (performer, choreographer, lighting design, costumes, grip)

Dean Jones (musical director, sound design)

Cave Dogs has successfully produced and performed ten original performances: Liquid States, Part II (2019), Shadows of Metsi ( 2018), Liquid States, Part 1 (2017), Sure-Minded Uncertainties (2012), Archaeology of a Storm (2007), Ferrous City (2002), How to Build a Raft (1998), Emily’s Circus (1994), Sustenance (1993), and Fall of Perception (1992).

International performances include: Reykjavik Fringe Festival (Reykjavik, Iceland), Sibikwa Arts Centre (Benoni, South Africa), The Centre for The Less Good Idea, founded by William Kentridge (Johannesburg, South Africa), The Skissernas Museum (Lund, Sweden), The Academy for Untamed Creativity (Copenhagen, Denmark),The Malmo (Sweden) Cultural Festival, The Grand Ol & Mat (Malmo, Sweden), Friskolen 70 (Copenhagen, Denmark).

USA performances include: Bard College at Simon’s Rock (Great Barrington, MA), The Puppeteers of America (Mid-Atlantic and North East Regional Festival), Rochester Fringe (Rochester, NY), The Brooklyn Children’s Museum (NY), Fringe NYC (New York, NY), New Orleans Fringe (New Orleans, LA), Alfred University (Alfred, NY), PortFringe (Portland, ME), Women’s Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY), Garrison Arts Center (Garrison, NY), The Boothbay Region Opera House (Boothbay Harbor, ME), Power House Theater at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY), The Woodstock Fringe Festival (Woodstock, NY), P.S. 122 (NYC), Henry Street Settlement (NYC), HERE (NYC), The Woodstock Comeau Property, The Widow Jane Mine (Rosendale, NY), BSP (Kingston, NY), Julien J. Studley Theatre and McKenna Theatre at SUNY New Paltz (New Paltz, NY). National performances included the New Orleans Fringe Festival, Mobius (Boston), as well as engagements at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), The Massachusetts College of Art (Boston, MA), The Cambridge Multicultural Art Center and Boston College and The Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, NM).

Cave Dogs have received multiple grants from both The Jim Henson Foundation (NYC), and Franklin Furnace (NYC). They also received a grant from The NLT Foundation (Boston, MA).