A decade of the Puppet Slam Network (curatorial)


On September 2nd, 2016, I finished my tenure at the Puppet Slam Network (PSN), which I co-founded in 2005 with Heather Henson and through support from her production company, Ibex Puppetry.  As PSN coordinator for just over a decade, my work focused on cataloguing, connecting, supporting, and generating awareness for evenings of short-form puppetry for adults.  

PSN fostered connections for 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.  The Heather Henson Foundation has continued to support individual puppet slams beyond the run of the Puppet Slam Network.

While managing PSN, I coordinated over 260 grants, monthly calendars, multimedia presentations for groups and conferences, and the website (now archival). In addition to working at the Puppet Slam Network, while at Ibex Puppetry, I also worked on a number of other company projects, including the Orlando Puppet Festival, Handmade Puppet Dreams, Panther and Crane, and interactive film screenings.


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“The Puppet Slam Network has given us a sense of belonging to a wide dynamic network. The grant has helped us to give something back to the puppeteers involved. It is great seeing what other puppeteers are doing.”

– Deborah Hunt, Sobre La Mesa Puppet Slam, San Juan

“The Puppet Slam Network has helped us achieve our goals and put on successful slams in our community, by both giving us the funds to produce slams and pay performers, as well as connecting us to other slams, puppeteers and performers. This has broadened our reach in the puppetry community and our own.”

– Valerie Meiss, Wham Bam Puppet Slam, Asheville N.C.





There are a number of interviews with puppet slam artists and curators that remain on the site:

April 21, 2013 – Carole D’Agostino New Jersey
April 6, 2013 – Nick Hubbard Seattle, WA
July 4, 2012 – Tommy Cannon Phoenix, AZ
June 27, 2012 – Nancy Smith Phoenix, AZ
May 31, 2012 – Res Toronto Ontario, Canada
May 30, 2012 –  Dylan Shelton Cincinnati, OH
May 27, 2012 – Christine Papalexis Los Angeles, CA
May 25, 2012 – Blainor McGough Portland, ME
May 14, 2012 – Vanessa Gilbert Providence, RI
May 10, 2012 – Evan O’Television Part 2 Boston, MA
May 8, 2012 – Evan O’Television! Part 1 Boston, MA
April 25, 2012 – Alexander Winfield Part 2 London, UK
April 24, 2012 – Alexander Winfield – Part 1 London, UK 
April 20, 2012 – Kat Pleviak Chicago, IL
April 18, 2012 – Deborah Hunt San Juan
April 17, 2012 – Enda O. Breadon –  Part 2 Honolulu, HI
April 16, 2012 – Enda O. Breadon – Part 1 Honolulu, HI
April 10, 2012 – Lana Schwarcz Melbourne, Australia
March 14, 2012 – Alissa Hunnicutt Brooklyn, NY
March 11, 2012 – Geppetta Boston, MA
March 10, 2012 – Honey Goodenough Boston, MA
March 9, 2012 – Roxie Myhrum Boston, MA
February 16, 2012 – Jessica Simon Chicago, IL
February 14, 2012 – Valeska Populoh Baltimore, MD
February 14, 2012 – Beau Brown Atlanta, GA
February 13, 2012 –  Valerie Meiss Asheville, NC
February 11, 2012 – Carole D’Agostin New Jersey
February 10, 2012 – Cathy Shaw New York, New York

Informational Blog Posts:

I have also included some information 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.