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Torry Bend, Associate Professor of the Practice and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Torry Bend
Office Location:  109J Page, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3383
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Research Interests:

Torry Bend is a set designer and puppet artist.

Her set designs include:

  • Circle Course, recently performed in Katmandu; Body Politic, at Echo Theater; Pygmalion at Southwest Shakespeare Co.; Stephen Wadsworth's Agamemnon at the Getty Villa, Los Angeles; and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot at Empty Space Theatre in Seattle;
  • in Portland, OR: Omnium Gatherum, The Bald Soprano/The Lesson and Brilliant Traces, for which she received a Drammy, and A Tuna Christmas at Oregon Repertory Theater; and
  • at California Institute of the Arts, she designed Hamlet, Bacchae and Woyzeck. Bend has done Production Design for the History Channel's documentary on Einstein, and designed puppets for magician Dominik Krzanowski's Mystic Travelz.

Bend is the Artistic Director of 10foot, directing their premier production of Loser, taking the show to Prague, Minneapolis and New York at the Great Small Works Toy Theatre Festival at St. Anne's Warehouse.

She has taught at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI and California Lutheran University in Los Angeles.
Teaching (Fall 2022):

  • THEATRST 264S.01, PUPPETRY Synopsis
    Bryan Center 045, Th 03:30 PM-06:00 PM
    Bryan Center 045, Tu 07:00 PM-09:30 PM
Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday: 10am - 1pm 

M.F.A.California Institute of the Arts2007

Set Design
Recent Production Credits

  Scene Design Credits:

  1. Beatification of Area Boy, Reynold's Theater, Duke University, October 21, 2010
    Directed by Jody McAuliffe

  Other Activities:
  1. Nesting (puppetry), Great Small Works International Toy Theater Festival, St. Anne's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY; Port City Puppet Festival, Wilmington, NC; Elkland Arts International Puppet Festival, Todd, NC; Manbites Dog Theater, Durham, NC; Toy Theater After Dark, Walker Art, 2010-2011
    Creator and Performer


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