On March 9th, 2006 Puppetslam.com, the website for the Puppet Slam Network (PSN) had it’s soft launch. PSN fostered connections in the growing field of independently produced puppet cabarets, so that puppet artists could know where they could perform, venues could find puppet artists, and audiences could enjoy an intimate, tactile, and compelling form of entertainment.
My work at PSN focused on cataloguing, connecting, supporting, and generating awareness for evenings of short-form puppetry for adults.
The website included searchable profiles of puppet slams that I collected by name, city, state, or by region. During the run of PSN, I followed upwards of 80 recurrent slams that extended beyond the United States to Canada, England, Australia, Germany, and Denmark, and many many more one-time events. A slam profile included a short description of the slam, curator contact information, recent performers, and venue details that might be helpful to other curators, traveling performers and audience members.
There was a monthly calendar that included detailed information on puppet slams happening each month, along with a look ahead section that sometimes included upwards of 100 events in the coming year. There were interviews with slam performers and curators, puppet slam history and advice for people wanting to create a puppet slam, and information on grants for puppet slams, which I managed.
I created the site on iWeb in 2006 and converted it to the Blogger platform in 2011. The Puppet Slam Network ran for just over a decade until 2016. The Blogger version of the website remains in tact as an archive. The Heather Henson Foundation has continued to support individual puppet slams beyond the run of the Puppet Slam Network.
I published a series of interviews with 23 puppet slam artists and curators for the Puppet Slam Network. Read them all here
I also included resources on managing and performing in evenings of short-form puppetry:
August 19th, 2012 – Why Puppet Slams?
August 3, 2012 – History of the Puppet Slam Network
June 14, 2012 – The Future of Puppet Slams
June 7, 2012 – Where Do You Find Inspiration?
June 3, 2012 – Couples Counseling – Partnering with a Fiscal Recipient
May 18, 2012 – Fabulous Failures & What Can We Learn?
May 17, 2012 – Advice for Puppet Slam Artists & Curators
April 19, 2012 – Is this Résumé Goodenough?
September 3, 2011 – How Has the Puppet Slam Network Helped You?
Ibex Puppetry is an entertainment company dedicated to promoting the fine art of puppetry in all of its mediums. Founded in 2000 and receiving multiple UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette) awards, Ibex Puppetry supports puppet art in the mediums of film, stage, gallery exhibits, workshops and artist presentations.