On Saturday, December 4th, 2010, I curated and hosted Puppets from the Edge with puppet artist, Hannah Miller at the Gallery at Avalon Island in downtown Orlando. Puppets from The Edge was an evening of short form puppetry for adults, during the 2010 Orlando Puppet Festival.
Previously I had performed in Growing Up Linda – Birthday Trauma at the 2005 Puppets from the Edge, curated and hosted the 2006 Puppets from Edge, and curated the 2007 Puppets from the Edge. In the 2010 Puppets from the Edge, I also performed Fudgie’s Death, a segment from Growing Up Linda that follows the troubled daughter of a famous ice cream mogul and her downward spiral into frosting, substance abuse, and Fudgie the Whale.
The Orlando Puppet Festival, sponsored by Ibex and Pinocchio’s Marionette Theatre brought puppetry to the forefront in Orlando and the Central Florida area, exposing local, regional and national talent to the art of puppetry.
Ibex Puppetry was an entertainment company dedicated to promoting the fine art of puppetry in all of its mediums. The recipient of multiple UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette) awards since its founding in 2000, Ibex Puppetry supported puppet art in the mediums of film, stage, gallery exhibits, workshops and artist presentations.
Located in downtown Orlando, The Gallery at Avalon Island is a contemporary art space that hosts exhibitions for established artists, literary and film events, and musical performances. The gallery is housed in the oldest operational building in Orlando – the historic Rogers building, a Queen Anne style building that has stood since 1886.