Early Work


"Refresh. Resurge.Renew." (2009)

A repertory concert with Travesty Houston (Stokes) and Travesty Cleveland (Karpanty).

Weathervane Playhouse, Akron, OH.


“Imagined Realities” (2008)

An evening of repertory work by Karpanty, Malcolm-Naib and Stokes (2008).

Plays and Players Theatre, Philadelphia, PA



"Travesty Rocks!" (2007)

An evening of work celebrating Travesty’s 10th Anniversary Season with 1970s classic rock music.

Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH


“Lifelines” (2005)

The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA


"Plenty: Surviving Fear and Depression" (1997-2005)

An interdisciplinary evening-length work (70 minutes) created as advocacy for mental health awareness. Community participation and consumer and organizational support from local chapter of NAMI. Poetry and prose by J.D. Emens and Mark R. Rehban (used with permission). Costume, video, set design and digital video editing by the choreographer.

Premiered in Phoenix, AZ March 2003

Performed at Cleveland Public Theatre (Inaugural Black Box Series), Cleveland, OH in October 2005


"three" (2002, 2000)


"three" (2002)

"three”- an “18 –minute version of the evening length work

Premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Toronto, ON, CANADA

Performed as part of repertory concerts at:

Painted Bride ,Philadelphia, PA

Barnevelder Theatre, Houston, TX

Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH


"three" (2000)

An interdisciplinary evening-length work (70 min) exploring the roots and multiple meanings of the word “three.”

Choreography, performance, music and text by Karpanty, Malcolm-Naib and Stokes in collaboration with musician and composer Terrence Karns.

Music/Hildegaard von Bingen, Klezmer Conservatory Band, Peter Jones (all used by permission) and original music by Karen Stokes and James Leatherborrow. 

Played/sung live by Terrance Karn and spoken/sung by the performers

Preview – Philadelphia

Premiere- Merce Cunningham Performance Space New York City


“Gravity Floats” (1997-1998)

Company Debut Concert.

Choreography and Performance by Karpanty, Malcolm and Stokes, with Guest Peter Kyle

Performed at Case Western Reserve Mather Dance Center, Cleveland, OH May 1997

Performed at University of Washington Meany Studio Theatre, June 1998