On June 5, 2015, I interviewed Torry Bend, Lisa Lichtenfels, and Laurencio Ruiz as part of a video diary in which I interviewed puppet artists and documented my experiences at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.
I created the videos for members of the Los Angeles Puppetry Guild who supported my time at the the National Puppetry Conference between June 3, 2015 to June 13, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015
The Doll Lady
Jean Marie Keevins
Iain Gunn + Bridget Rountree
Ana Craciun Lambru
Instant Puppet Show
During the conference, I began an outline for Model Killer with the mentorship of Roger Danforth and Steven Massicotte.
Model Killer: Giant Crimes + Tiny Cover-Ups is a morbid comedy centered on a disgruntled dollhouse maker turned investigator. Vivian Nutt builds dioramas of unsolved murders, only for it to be revealed that she is in fact, a serial killer.
With Ronnie Burkett I also wrote and workshopped The Feeder with mentorship from Ronnie Burkett.
The Feeder is a short solo tabletop puppetry piece that explores the unintended consequences of a complicated relationship when the surviving partner of a gainer and feeder couple runs from the law after accidentally feeding his lover to death.
I also collected my ideas for an essay, Why Puppetry?, which was printed in HowlRound.
Live puppetry appeals to our need for the tactile and it doesn’t take place in an app, or on a touch screen.
The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Puppetry Conference encourages puppet artists to create and communicate through the visual and kinetic form of the puppet, to push beyond their personal boundaries, and develop new works for puppet theater.
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 Connecticut Guild of Puppetry encourages the raising of standards in the art of puppetry; fosters an awareness in the general public of the magic, wonder, and power of the puppet; and encourages the use of puppetry as an educational tool.