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Sinky The Pirate

Brooke Shilling


Categories: Theater, Immersive/Interactive Experience

Dates: September 20, 2023 - September 22, 2023

Run Time: 25 mins

Venue: MAAS Building Garden


During COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, I looked over at the kitchen sink in my studio apartment and thought, that could be a boat. From there, I dreamt up “Sinky The Stinky Pirate.” I made short, silly videos alone in my home and, all the while, dreamt of bringing the idea of Sinky not only to a little screen in your pocket but to a communal, collective, theatrical space where we can now examine what that means as we return to one another. In Sinky is the opportunity to grieve, to look at that loneliness under a microscope and challenge how we can collectively find strength in a(n almost) post-pandemic world. In this project, I’ve found what our minds, our hearts, our souls crave when we’re alone: connection, absurdity, freedom, and joy.

Cannonball, produced by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, is the first and largest independent festival hub of the Philadelphia Fringe that presents risk-taking independent artists in back-to-back performances next to delicious lounge spaces, fostering creative collisions and community conversation.

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About the Artist

Brooke Shilling is a good 'ol misfit who leans in to the unexpected, empowers the unpredictable, and climbs mountains between the routine and poetry. She devises physical, childlike, and provocative theatrical performances that invite her audiences to dream, to hope, to grieve, and to rile up the bonafide freaks inside us all.

Born and raised in New York City, Brooke holds a BFA in Acting from Ithaca College and an MFA in Devised Performance from The University of the Arts/Pig Iron School in Philadelphia. She has performed and worked with groups such as One Year Lease Theatre Company, The Drama League, Theatre Ariel, Theatre Unspeakable, Civic Ensemble, and more.


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