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"...the nose is nosy.  It probes and searches.  Sometimes it's a red nose!  The elephant uses its proboscis for just about everything.  The mosquito uses it for nourishment..." 

Founded in 2010 by Jeff Mills, Proboscis creates a theatrical world that is physically daring, dramatically gripping and visually gorgeous. Our multidisciplinary approach mixes masks, puppets, live music, circus and clowning with traditional dramatic acting styles.  Most of our work is original and devised by the ensemble but we also love Shakespeare, the Greeks, Beckett and plays from around the world. Our mission is to provoke imaginative collaboration between audience and artist.  Together we create an unforgettable theatrical experience that is transformational for everyone in attendance! 

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November 21 to 24 2019 

Chicago Premiere!

at City Lit Theatre Chicago

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Conceived, written and directed by Jeff Mills.  Devised by the ensemble- Genevieve Anderson, Christina McCarthy, Jim Connolly, Blythe Foster, Erica Flor, Dana Fox Ortner and Dillon Yuhasz


Puppet design Christina McCarthy

Original Score (played live) Jim Connolly


Winner of the Santa Barbara Independent Theater Award and the Bitter Lemons Outrageous Theater Award (Hollywood Fringe Festival) La La La Strada explores the creative process of iconic Italian film director Federico Fellini as he attemps to direct his 1953 classic La Strada.  Fellini is portrayed by a puppet who is cajoled, manipulated and challenged by eight clowns who play his actors, lovers and collaborators.

Our Chicago premiere features a newly developed script and an all female identifying cast



*La La La Strada is available for touring.   





Directed by Jeff MIlls

Co-devised and co-written by Madelyn Rose, Erica Flor and Jeff MIlls

A new play about gender confusion, sexual consent and prosthetic genitalia will receive its Chicago premiere March 30th, 31st and April 1st, 2017

STRAP-ON is an original play that explores the true story of Gayle Newland, a university student from Chester, England, who in November of 2015 was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexual assault. The plaintiff in the case claims that she did not know that her “boyfriend” of two years was actually a woman (Ms. Newland) and presses criminal charges of gender fraud and sexual assault.  The defendant claims that both parties were aware of her true gender, that the creation of the "boyfriend" character was a role-play and that the use of a strap-on dildo was always consensual.


Is it possible that the plaintiff could have been fooled for two years?  If so, how did the defendant pull off this elaborate con? Or did the plaintiff actually know the truth all along and consent to having penetrative sex with her female lover wearing a strap-on? Will an innocent woman’s life be ruined simply because the plaintiff can’t admit she is gay?  Who is telling the truth? These questions and many more are wrestled with as our brave young actors play out the many possible scenarios.  Based on public court records and witness testimony, Proboscis has devised a play that posits how any and all scenarios might have led these two would-be lovers to a legal confrontation, the outcome of which will certainly provide precedents for juries and judges for years to come.


We ultimately leave it to the spectator to sort through the issues of gender definition, homophobia, sexual consent, obsession, lies and deceit to find the core human emotions of love, guilt, attraction, humiliation and fear of loneliness that drive these two young women together and then apart. This entertaining and intriguing story was destined to become a stage drama and Proboscis is the perfect company adapt it!

Strap-on is available for touring.

PIEZOELECTRIC LOVE: The (half) Life of Marie CurieTitle. Double click me.

Conceived, devised and directed by Jeff Mills.  

Written by Valerie Hatcher

Light Design  Chris Turner

Costume Design Kira Gold

Masks by Lindsay Rust c/o BOXTALES

Puppets by Christina McCarthy

Original Score played live by Jim Connolly and Anna Abby


In this co-production with UCSB department of Theater and Dance, Proboscis explores the fascinating life of Marie Curie.  From her young years as a brilliant student to her marriage to Pierre Curie to winning two Nobel Prizes and her friendship with Albert Einstein, the story is told using masks, documentary theater, clowning, puppetry, vaudeville and naturalistic elements.

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LPK is a variety podcast/radio program that features original radio plays, musical guests, stand up comedy, storytelling and interviews.  Co-produced and co-hosted by Jeff Mills, Michael Bernard and Jim Connolly and recorded in front of a live audience at the Piano Kitchen in Santa Barbara, LPK celebrates and promotes all the amazingly talented performing artists from the Santa Barbara area. 


Stream or download our podcasts from Itunes