Interview with Laryssa Husiak:
Laryssa Husiak is an actor, writer and performance artist currently living in Des Moines, Iowa with her roots in New York City. She is a 2013 recipient of an Iowa Art Council Grant as well as an Art Matters and Yip Harburg grantee. Most recently, Laryssa premiered She Is King, a performance reenacting the words of tennis trailblazer Billie Jean King in Des Moines. Beyond her original work, Laryssa is a member of the Obie award-winning theater company Two-Headed Calf and a founding member of their Dyke Division. Laryssa has performed throughout New York in venues such as Dixon Place, HERE and La MaMa. Favorite productions include: Two-Headed Calf’s You, My Mother (La MaMa), Trifles (Ontological), Drum of the Waves of Horikawa (HERE) and the Dyke Division’s Room for Cream – a live lesbian soap opera (La MaMa), Nick Brooke’s Border Towns (HERE) and Taylor Mac’s Red Tide Blooming (PS122).
Laryssa has had the pleasure of collaborating with visual artist Jonathan Van Dyke over the last several years and performed in a number of his works including With One Hand Between Us, a 40-hour performance, part of Performa 11 at Scaramouche. This summer, Laryssa will be acting in a remount production of Two-Headed Calf’s You, My Mother, a chamber opera in two parts as part of the River to River Festival. Laryssa is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing and holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. For more on Laryssa be sure to visit http://www.laryssahusiak.com!