We love and remember Timothy Louis Sanchez Schellenbaum May 28, 1959 - July 25, 2019 May he rest in peace
In the future, an announcement will be made for a celebration of Tim’s life and work at La MaMa.
We hope you will join us.
Tim Schellenbaum, 60 of New York City passed away at Mary Manning Walsh Hospice on July 25, 2019. He was preceded in death by his father Ralph Schellenbaum, a physicist at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. He is survived by his mother Mary Ellen Sanchez Schellenbaum Pino, of Albuquerque, NM, his wife EiLeen Doster, sons Eamon and Ambrose and daughter Avelicia, of New York City, a brother Jay Schellen of Los Angeles, California and a sister Sue Schellenbaum of Dallas, Texas.
He was a musician, composer, sound engineer, and sound designer. He has been described as a quiet ambassador of Americana in its purest sense. While attending The University of New Mexico he became known for his experimental work on WKNM radio and recording and promoting punk music. He stayed true to his roots and wrote music that honored his craft and his Hispanic heritage with his bands Zozobra, Me Wee Beastie, EIEIO. He helped place his beloved Lower East Side on the world's cultural map. As an avante guard musician, he worked with Arthur Russel, Robert Ashley, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca, Carol Armitage, and The Nedd Sublett Band.
He worked at numerous downtown venues including The Kitchen, The New Federal Theatre, Theatre for The New City, and PS 122, and was the sound engineer for the Brookfield/Wintergarden space at the World Financial Center.
Proudly he served as the resident sound designer at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club for 25 years. As a resident artist at La MaMa, Tim generously shared his skills as a composer, sound designer and musician with literally hundreds of artists. His imprint on the downtown theatre scene is immeasurable.
He worked with the famous, the yet-famous and the infamous. Frequent collaborators included Ellen Stewart and The Great Jones Repertory Company, Richard Foreman, John Jesurun, Ping Chong + Co., Ridge Theatre, Target Margin, Maria Irene Fornés, Ntozake Shange, Talking Band, Theodora Skipitares, John Kelly, Teatro Patalogico (Rome), Witness Relocation and many others.
Tim was the recipient of 1998 and 2000 Obie Awards and a 2007 IT Award for collaborative design.