In May 2005, I was a guest teaching artist-in-residence at Oakland Beach Elementary School in Rhode Island working with grades 1, 3, and 6. Lead artist-in-residence, Amy Lynn Budd, had students create a performance response to the film, Yellow Submarine. I came into the class room a handful of times to assist with mask work and puppetry and aspects of the project (both construction and performance).
After viewing the film, Yellow Submarine, students created a performance response using general acting and presentation skills, movement, puppets, masks, and backgrounds. The project involved 3 classroom teachers (one from each grade), an art teacher and student art teacher, a music teacher, a theatre artist in residence (Amy Lynn Budd), and two additional guests artists in puppetry and mask work (myself and Marya Errin Jones).
As an artist-in-residence I demonstrated various puppet forms and using very simple materials in puppet construction to groups of 14 students. Students then were tasked to create interesting characters, while limited to using cardboard, velcro, found objects, dowels and sticks. At the culmination of the project there was a presentation to the full group.
2015 – Los Angeles LGBT Center (Los Angeles)
2011 – Maryland Institute College of Art, (Baltimore)
2004 – Calcutt Middle School, Artist in Residence (Central Falls, RI)