Puppet Slam Network: Informational Posts

In the fall of 2011, I started a series of informational posts on the Puppet Slam Network website about organizing evenings of short-form puppetry and object theatre for adults.


Topics included: the significance of puppet slams, the history and future of slams, sources of inspiration, working with a fiscal recipients, fabulous failures and the lessons we learn,  hosting and performing advice, self promotion, and how to get the most out of the Puppet Slam Network.

Why Puppet Slams?

August 19th, 2012

“I like to laugh at jokes that are on a more adult level of humor, whether it’s bawdy, or sophisticated…” (More)

Puppet Slam Network History

August 3, 2012

When was the very first puppet slam? Surely there must have been Paleolithic Slams or something like them with cave people” (More)

The Future of Puppet Slams

June 14, 2012

Leading Puppet Slam Artists reflect on where they see the Puppet Slam movement in the future. “I see more collaboration between puppeteers and musicians.” (More)

Where Do You Find Inspiration?

June 7, 2012

If genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration, what makes these leading slam artists sweat?…(More)

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Partnering with a Fiscal Recipient

June 3, 2012

“When choosing a fiscal recipient, select your partner organization carefully.” (More)

Fabulous Failures & What Can We Learn?

May 18, 2012

curators and artists open up to reflect on some fabulous failures and spectacular slam disasters and what can be learned. (More)

Advice for Puppet Slam Artists + Curators

May 17, 2012

“Maintain a spirit of adventurousness and experimentation but also never forget the importance of the audience.” (More)

Is this Résumé Goodenough?

April 19, 2012

“I will customize my own resumes to suit the client- some people don’t care if I can build. I have a show resume. Some people don’t care if I can make puppets…” (More)

How Has the Puppet Slam Network Helped You?

September 3, 2011

“Being on an island can be quite isolating and the sense of the puppeteers being in a wider dialogue with puppeteers from the US I think has helped artists here see a wider variety of work.” (More)

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I published a series of 24 interviews with puppet slam artists and curators:

Nick Hubbard

Tommy Cannon

Nancy Smith


Dylan Shelton

Christine Papalexis
Los Angeles

Blainor McGough
Portland, Maine

Vanessa Gilbert


Carole D’Agostino
New Jersey

Honey Goodenough

Cathy Shaw

Roxie Myhrum

Valeska Populoh

Beau Brown

Valerie Meiss



The Puppet Slam Network fostered connections between independently produced puppet cabarets, so that puppet artists knew where they could perform, venues could find puppet artists, and audiences could enjoy an intimate, tactile, and compelling form of entertainment.

Ibex  Puppetry (the parent company of the Puppet Slam Network) was 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 supported puppet art in the mediums of film, stage, gallery exhibits, workshops and artist presentations.