On July 24th, 2011 I was elected to the board of the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry where I served as the group’s secretary.
While on the board, I started a social media presence for the LA Guild of Puppetry and organized a film screening gathering. I worked with Christine Papalexis (President), Beth Fernandez (Vice President), Pat Brymer (Treasurer/Membership), Eric Krushka, Kristin Charney, Elizabeth Luce, Jeff Karsner, and Alan Cook. I signed off in the summer of 2012 when I was elected to the board of UNIMA-USA for a three year term.
Created in 1956, the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry is an association of puppetry professionals, amateurs, enthusiasts and educators dedicated to sharing, promoting and advancing the art of puppetry throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. The Guild produces events and workshops to entertain and educate performers and the general public in puppetry.
Puppet Slam Network 2005-2016
In 2005 I co-founded The Puppet Slam Network (PSN) with Heather Henson with the support of her production company, Ibex Puppetry. As PSN coordinator for just over a decade until 2016, my work focused on cataloguing, connecting, supporting, and generating awareness for evenings of short-form puppetry for adults. 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.
In 2012 I was elected to the Board of Directors for UNIMA-USA. My term ran from July 2012- August 2015. While on the Board, I served as Secretary and the inaugural Social Media chair. Based in Atlanta at the Center for Puppetry Arts, UNIMA-USA is the North American Center of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the oldest international theatre organization in the world. UNIMA-USA’s mission is to promote international understanding and friendship through the art of puppetry.