The ZOO MOTEL was founded in the year 2020 near the Earth´s equator, in a year of great turbulence and reflection. Devised as an experiment in theater and cinema, we seek to offer our guests a window into a new possibility for live performance, where geography does not exist, where time zones are fluid and global guests can gather in one place.

Originally presented via  MIAMI LIGHT PROJECT from September 28th to October 25, 2020

& presented via theaters and festivals in:

ZOO MOTEL is a live theatrical event created for the here & now.

Limited to only 25 audience participants nightly,  who check into virtual “rooms”,

ZOO MOTEL is an exploration of the possibilities of live theater and the magic of cinema.

ZOO MOTEL opened up in September of 2020 and has since become the longest running live theatre work presented via the World Wide Web to spectators from across the world. 

It live transmission comes from direct from the studio of theatre director, designer and performer Thaddeus Phillips where  he and artist Steven Dufala have transformed the studio in to a magical motel room where time stops, mysterious and illuminating stories emerge from across the globe & analog objects take on their own potent meaning.


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THADDEUS PHILLIPS (Creator & Performer & Cinematography) is a Colorado native who directs theater in Europe, tours with his own work globally and moonlights on TV. Created works include: 17 Border Crossings, Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, Inflatable Space, A Billion Nights on Earth, Capsule 33, Lost Soles, Whale Optics, The Earths Sharp Edge, The Melting Bridge, King Lear, The Tempest, Henry 5 Live from Times Square and The Incredible . . . Adventures of Barry Seal. His work has been presented & commissioned by NYTW, BAM Next Wave Festival, Barrow Street Theater, Territory Festival (Moscow), The Broad Stage (Santa Monica) Hong Kong Festival, Buntport Theater (Denver), The Mat, Sibiu International Festival, Miami Light Project and many other cities., Recent directing includes 3 productions for Teateri (Sweden), and Antropoceno for Teatro La Abadia  (Madrid),. He is a Pew Fellow, A Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, and appeared ¨Narcos¨ and one of the Spider-Man films. 

STEVEN DUFALA (Designer)  is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia and works primarily in collaboration with his brother Billy as the Dufala Brothers. Steven has been working intermittently with dance and theatre as a designer for about 20 years, and over this time has worked with Geoff Sobelle designing HOME & The Object Lesson), Pig Iron Theatre Company, BalletX, and anonymous bodies. With his brother Billy, he received an Obie Award for design with rainpan 43’s machines machines machines machines machines machines machines, and shared a Bessie award with the entire design team for Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson in 2015. Steven and Billy co-teach sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and are represented by the Fleisher/Ollman gallery in Philadelphia. Their work is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the West Collection and many private collections.

TATIANA MALLARINO (Director) directed 17 Border Crossings & ¡El Conquistador! at NYTW, played Leila Khaled in Lucidity´s The Earth´s Sharp Edge´, served as dramaturg for LSI´s Whale Optics, The Melting Bridge, Lost Soles, Henry V, and Barry Seal projects and served as the dialogue couch for Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz on a ¨Loving Pablo¨. She has performed at La Mama Etc, Bunport Theater in Denver and directed a object puppet version of The Tempest at the Arcola Theatre in London. She teaches emotional intelligence.

STEVE CUIFFO (Magic)  is one of the leading sleight of hand artists in New York City and creates unique performance, art, theater and magic. He has performed with The Wooster Group, worked with David Blaine, played Lenny Bruce onstage and is a member of The Elephant Room.  ZOO MOTEL is his first collaboration with Thaddeus Phillips. 

NEWTON BUCHANAN (Night Clerk) is a performer and theatre producer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a co-founder of New Light Theatre Company. New Light is dedicated to illuminating the human condition and providing opportunities for emerging young theatre artists to work in a professional setting. He is a co-founder of the newly formed Black Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia. BTAP’s mission is geared toward the elevation and advocacy of black theatre artists in the Philadelphia area. He currently holds an associate artist position with Delaware Shakespeare Co, where he devises continued educational and performative programing. He’s also the Director of Customer Experience with Markee, a virtual events platform centered on customers owning their own space.

FERNANDO CAREAGA (Movement) is a dancer, creator and musician from a Spanish enclave in North Africa. He dances on Saturday nights underneath a McDonalds at Neuvas Ministeros in Madrid. He composed the original music for Antropoceno at Teatro La Abadia. 

KATYA HUMENYUK (Movement)  is a Ukrainan born dancer based in Spain. She played Greta Thurnberg in Teatro Albadia´s Antropceno and can also be found on Saturday nights doing contact improv at under the mall at Nuevos Ministerios or in a duet here (start at minute 26)