Before joining Pilobolus as its first Executive Director in 2004, Itamar studied philosophy at Yale, ran theaters in Germany and Sweden, directed plays by John Guare, co-directed the 2002 season finale of “The West Wing,” and made a film, “Upheaval,” starring Frances McDormand.At Pilobolus, Itamar founded and co-curates the critically acclaimed International Collaborators Project, which opens the choreographic process to artists and thinkers from diverse fields. Recent collaborators include Pulitzer Prize winner comics artist Art Spiegelman, Macarthur award winner Basil Twist, the MIT Distributed Robotics Lab, Steve Banks, head writer of SpongeBob SquarePants, the illusionists Penn & Teller, and the rock band and Internet sensation OkGo, with whom Kubovy conceived and co-directed a Grammy nominated interactive video, All Is Not Lost.Over the last 10 years, Itamar also evolved and executive produces Pilobolus Creative Services, developing movement to communicate brand experience through corporate events around the world. Itamar is also one of the creators of Pilobolus’s Shadowland, the first full evening work of shadow theater of its kind. Currently touring through Australia, Shadowland has been seen by more than a million people in more than 30 countries over the last six years.Highlights of Kubovy’s career with Pilobolus include a TED presentation, a Grammy nomination, an Emmy nomination, appearances on the Academy Awards, Oprah, Ellen, and a commissioned performance for the Queen of England.In keeping with the Pilobolus’s nonprofit mission, Itamar now focuses his efforts on securing the company’s transition into a sustainable laboratory that convenes creative minds to produce imaginative physical entertainment and live experience to be distributed on diverse platforms.
This is an abridgement of a 10,000 word interview to be published and shared as podcasts across our network of university and national literary magazines in the coming months.
I think that what they don't realize often is that the skills of the people that are sitting in those jobs are deeply in conflict with the skills required to perform well in our our time... I think that that's what people were taught... How to be accurate. How to be quick... How to learn the software technology that allows you to do that even more easily, but the skills like listening, empathy, leadership, maintaining relationships, responding, recognizing good ideas and being vocal about that–there are so many little pieces of culture that are required to make a network-based world continue to function and for people to be successful. And it seems like everything we were taught in our large American school system was basically the opposite. And so, I think there is an enormous amount of change that needs to happen in education. And I think, in some instances, it's beginning to, but we're really working and teaching our future using systems that are antiquated and don't really relate.