New World Rising
An ambulatory adventure guided by audio, maps, and hidden clues; this immersive performance drops a single audience member inside the world of an ecoterrorist cell.
"New World Rising asks what might be required
to meet this time of climate crisis... I felt the adrenaline of discovery and the joy of being in real space. The piece has stayed with me... A unique experience worth having,
exciting and engaging theater for one."
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Ben Camp, Artistic Director, Team Sunshine
Linnea Bond is a performance artist, actor, writer, director, and teacher who produces work with intentional social momentum.
With degrees in Sociology, Acting, and Devising, her work explores apocalypse on a global, communal, and individual scale. She has employed audience participation, traditional storytelling, clown, essay, audio, and site specificity to probe these themes and frequently makes work through engagement with community partners to explore themes relevant to that partner.
As a solo artist, she created BFF, a one woman play about a millennial woman and her mannequin best friend traversing post-apocalyptic America. She has also created a collection of works exploring memory loss including an essay performance drawing lines between herself and her grandmother with dementia and an audience participatory piece about creating theatre in a memory-less dystopian future. During the pandemic, she premiered a "live movie" in her apartment, where a single audience member designed their own experience watching the fallout of a life-changing phone call (News). She is currently working on turning her 300-mile walk from Lexington, Virginia, to Philadelphia into a full length solo show.
Collaborations form the other half of Linnea’s devising practice, sometimes as a fellow lead artist and other times as a contributing ensemble member for other artists’ projects. She created a site specific ambulatory adventure where the single audience member finds themself at the center of the play as a new recruit to an eco-terrorist cell and must follow instructions through the city directed by QR codes and texted audio. This project premiered to a sold out audience in the Philadelphia Fringe and would not have been possible without her collaboration with director Tenara Calem. Currently, she is collaborating with Lupine Performance Cooperative on Brian’s House, a piece exploring cults and power. Other collaborative works include SexPlay, a digital video and audio performance about the challenges of love with past baggage; and a one-woman show about objectification in a codependent relationship through the lens of a nude figure study model, written by a friend for Bond. She has also worked collaboratively with Renegade Theatre Company in partnership with the Andrew Wyeth Museum (N.C. Wyeth's Dream) and with Theatre OBLIvION on their verbatim piece exploring the heroin crisis (Siren Songs). With her graduate cohort of Acting/Devising MFAs at Ohio State University, she created a play exploring reintegration challenges and the civilian-military divide in partnership with veterans and their caretakers (Beyond All Recognition).
In addition to her devising work and stage acting, she has also worked as a director, dramaturg, and playwright, and as an actor in Todd Haynes’ most recent films, Carol and Dark Waters. She has taught elementary through adult students, including three years of collegiate teaching coursework at Ohio State. She also founded and produced a playreading company, Queen City Queer Theatre Collective, which celebrated LGBTQIA stories in Cincinnati through generous support from a two-year monthly Absolut Vodka grant. In addition to her graduate research, she draws on extensive acting and movement training with such companies as SITI, Pig Iron, the RSC, American Conservatory Theatre, Double Edge, and Frantic Assembly.
Linnea uses mixed pronouns (she/he/they).