Kirby Soderberg


Mask Making


Kirby Soderberg has been an actor, photographer and educator for more than 11 years in the Phoenix Valley. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre and photography from the University of New Mexico and earned a Bachelor of FUN Arts at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.
Soderberg has performed as a solo artist around the Valley and also with theatre companies, such as Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre’s Cookie Company, Desert Dance Theatre and the Aurora Mime Theatre. Soderberg also instructs black and white photography at the Phoenix Visual Arts Center.

1989     Bachelor of Fine Arts Theatre/Photography University of New Mexico
1989     Bachelor of FUN Arts Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College
1992     Diploma Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre International

Grants Awards/Competitions
2008     Arizona Commission on the Arts, Artist Career Development Grant, Trillium Performing Arts 
            Collective, Lewisburg, W.V.
2006     Tempe Arts Festival, Tempe, Photographs
2005     Scottsdale Arts Festival, Scottsdale, Photographs
2004     Arizona Commission on the Arts, Artist Development Grant, Mask Conference, University of 
            Iowa, Iowa City

2008          Alwun House, Phoenix, selected photographic images
2006-07     United States Post Office, Tempe, photographs
2004-07     Ghost Ranch Mercado, Abiquiu, N.M., Photographs
2006          Trunk Space Gallery, Phoenix, the photograph show
2005          Tempe Public Library, Tempe, masks, paintings and photographs
2004-05     Pita Jungle, Tempe, landscape photographs
2004          Gentle Strength Co-op, Tempe, solo photograph retrospective
2004          Wet Paint Gallery, Tempe, skateboard art
2003          Red Door Gallery, Phoenix, 3 artists photograph show
2002          Paper Heart Gallery, Phoenix, nostalgic photograph show
1998-02     Phoenix Center Gallery, Photograph Shows I, II, III

Related Instructing Experience
2004-07         Pinhole Photography Exposed, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, N.M.
2001, 2004     Beginning B&W Photography, Phoenix Center, Phoenix
2001              Figure Model Photography, Phoenix Center, Phoenix
2001-02         Beginning B&W Photography for Summit Elementary, Phoenix Center
2000-04         Open Darkroom Monitor, Phoenix Center, Phoneix
2000-07         Open Darkroom substitute for Chandon Thorell, Arnie Williams, Kris Safford (Artists in 
                     Residence) Phoenix Center, Phoenix

Other Instructing Experience
2004-10         Tempe Elementary School District, Mask Making Workshop
2007-08         21st Century After-school Theatre, Herrera Elementary, Phoenix
1995-10         Phoenix Christian Junior High, Theatre Workshop, Phoenix
2007              Anasazi Elementary, Clowning Residency, Scottsdale
1998, 2006     Grand Canyon School, Clowning Residency, Grand Canyon
1997-00         Phoenix Center, After-school drama/photography, Phoenix Elementary Schools, 3 locations
1994, 1995     Phoenix Center, Summer Thespians, Phoenix
1993              City of Phoenix, Parks and Recreation Sumer Camp, Northeast District