Zepure Shant Dies

Folllowing a lengthy illness–Zepure Shant–one of the founding members of the Hamazkayin Kaspar Ipegian theatrical group died in Glendale–California on Monday–June 7. She was 92.

Born in the European Turkish town of Rodosto–Shant eventually moved to Lebanon. In 1941–during the formation of the Kaspar Ipegian theatrical group–she actively participated–taking on both major and smaller roles in almost all performances.

Besides her love for the theater–Shant’s fondness for singing landed her in the Parsegh Ganachian Kousan choir.

She was married to Levon Shant’s son Souren. They had one child–Levon.

Throughout the years–Zepure Shant maintained a profound connection to the Kaspar Ipegian theatrical group–with the sole objective of serving Armenian theater.

With the outbreak of Lebanon’s civil war–she settled in Los Angeles–and continued to support Armenian theater–specifically collaborating with director Jean Nshanian.

Funeral services for Zepure Shant will take place on Friday–June 11–11 AM at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Glendale–California. Burial services will be conducted at the Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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