Michael Vitaly Sazonov
I believe there is power in storytelling, perhaps it is because of its long history within the human spectrum, or because ever since our birth it’s how we try to make sense of all the myriad of things that surround us in this world. Ever since I was a kid I would love finding out how something works. That curiosity has enriched my life, and I enjoy the challenge of shining a light upon stories not often told, or sometimes misunderstood. As a theatre maker, I seek to combine my lifelong love of words, music & movement to tell a story where each discipline can take the reins of storytelling, and where they can come together in a new way to cross thresholds of understanding.
A little bit about me… In New York, and Washington, D.C. I continue to conceive, direct, or perform the continuing series, Notes From the Underground, a multidisciplinary exploration of loving and longing in times of war and peace. For three years I presented the soldier’s tale, what it is to train, fight, and return. Most recently, I have been working with the Parkinson’s community in on writing their story through a performance piece. I think that taking the time to experience someone else’s story can change how we view the world, and how we feel about a stranger we have yet to meet, truly connecting and grounding us all. Recently I have studied music theory and performance psychology at Juilliard’s Evening Division, and I️ continue to study dance at the West Side Dance Project. I️ have also enjoyed studying with Chris Bayes at The Funny School of Good Acting. I graduated from American University’s School of International Service, with a concentration on Peace & Conflict Resolution.