Rebecca Karpovsky is an actor, theatre educator, and producer. Born in Boston, Rebecca was raised with Russian as her first language. She was involved with the local Russian Theatre group at a young age. Last year, she produced, co-wrote and starred in the feature, Pinsky, a film about a generation Russian Jewish experience. The film premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival in June 2017. Becoming a member of the Lost and Found Project (an affiliate of NYTF), Rebecca developed deeper ties to the Russian Jewish community of NYC as well to Folksbiene. Rebecca started working with Folksbiene as an educator with the Teen Drama LAB (created in collaboration with Lost and Found Project) in 2016. She fell in love with developing ensemble pieces and bringing personal experiences of these young innovative Russian Jewish teenagers onto the stage. Rebecca creates outreach and educational programs for the Russian Jewish community under the FolksbieneRU for families, teens and young adults.
Zhenya Lopatnik is a recent émigré to New York City from Kharkiv, Ukraine. She worked as a Jewish Educator for a Jewish community center in Kharkiv for more than 15 years. As a specialist in informal Jewish education, she has organized seminars for teachers in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Zhenya is also a singer, composer, and artist. She holds two master degrees: one in history and the other in museum studies and currently is pursuing her MPA degree at Baruch College with a concentration in non-profit management.
The Lost & Found Project is an experimental theatrical troupe, founded by Anna Zicer and a group of young Russian-Jewish actors in NYC. Through the use of verbatim technique in its original productions, Lost & Found cast unabashedly reaches into the depth of the Russian- Jewish American experience to vocalize the struggles and celebrate the successes, and ultimately help its audience connect with the communal sense of pride and belonging. To learn more about the troupe and its productions please visit lnfproject.com