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Major Projects

Model Killer: Tiny Crimes and Tiny Coverups
2017-present

Residency: 
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)

Readings:
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)

Raggedy Ann To Real Doll
2016-2017

Video Installation:
Irrational Exhibitions 10
,  Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles)

Performance-Installation:
Live Stream
Irrational Exhibitions 9
,  Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles)

(In)/Animate Objects
2016

COLA Fellowship Exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Object of Her Affection
2012-present

Premiere:
Automata (Los Angeles) forthcoming

Workshops:
Automata (Los Angeles),
REDCAT (Los Angeles)

Excerpt – Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust:
Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles)
REDCAT (Los Angeles)
Muckenthaler Cultural Center (Fullerton, CA)
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT), 

Readings:
Automata (Los Angeles) – full
Automata (Los Angeles) – excerpt
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT) – excerpt

Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical
2009-2010

Premiere:
Velaslavasay Panorama
(Los Angeles),

Workshops:
New Orleans Fringe (New Orleans)
Cameo Theatre (Orlando)
Gallery at Avalon Island (Orlando)
CalArts (Valencia, CA)

Excerpts:
The Tank (New York)
Great Arizona Puppet Theatre (Phoenix)
PLOP (Olympia)
Georgia Tech (Atlanta)
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)
REDCAT (Los Angeles)

Growing Up Linda 2004-2011

Full Premiere:
Venue 13 (Edinburgh)

Full Workshop:
CalArts (Valencia)

Excerpt – Fudgie’s Death:
14Karat Cabaret  (Baltimore)
International Festival of Animated Objects (Calgary)
Gallery at Avalon Island (Orlando)
Park Theatre (Winnipeg)
Blue Genes Pub, O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)
St. Ann’s Warehouse (New York City)
Orlando Fringe Festival
Links Hall (Chicago)
REDCAT (Los Angeles)
St. Ann’s Warehouse (New York City) *exhibition

Excerpt – Birthday Trauma:
Space Ark (Pasadena)
Coffee House Theatre, CalArts (Valencia, CA)
The Judson Church (New York City)
Everett Dance Theatre / Carriage House (Providence)
Theatre for the New City (New York City)
Coolidge Corner Theatre (Boston)
Perishable Theatre (Providence)
Mad Cow (Orlando)
Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach)
Gallery at Avalon Island (Orlando) *exhibition
Acorn Gallery (Los Angeles) *exhibition
Grand Central Art Center (Santa Ana) *exhibition
Guilford Art Center, (Guilford, CT) *exhibition

Excerpt – LSD Kills:
The Comedy Studio (Boston)
Perishable Theatre (Providence)
AS220 (Providence) *exhibition
Woods-Gerry Gallery (Providence, RI) *exhibition

Other Performances

The Feeder 2015-2016
Echo Theatre (Portland, OR)
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)

Ham In A Wig 2013
iO West (Hollywood)

Web Of Mystery 2011
Animal Cracker Conspiracy (San Diego)
Rachel Rosenthal Company (Culver City)
Eugene O’Neill Center (Waterford, CT)

Rango Tango 2006
Revolving Museum (Lowell, MA)
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)

The Adventures Of Michael Jackson
& The Animals Of Neverland Ranch 
2004-2005
McCormack Theatre (Providence)
Perishable Theater (Providence)
Gamm Theater (Pawtucket)

Puppet Runway 2000-2002
Perishable (Providence)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago)

Mutation, 2002
Make Your Own Fashion – Make Your Own Government, Dirt Palace (Olneyville, RI)
Runway Earth II, The Arcade (Providence)

Toy Factory
1998
The Mission (Elgin)

Date Rape: The American Classic 1998
Poop Studios (Chicago)

Spin the Bottle 1998
Day of Beauty and Ritual, Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago)

Heavy Petting 1998
Time Arts Evening, Gallery 2 (Chicago)

Feet 1998
Faerie Frolic Arts Festival, Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago)

Apocalypse 1997
Big Chicks (Chicago)

King of Pop’s New Clothes 1997
Glamour In America
Columbus Drive Space, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Solo Exhibitions + Installations

Puppet Trash 2004
AS220 (Providence)

Finnochio: The Holiday Classic 2003
Dirt Palace (Olneyville, RI)
Women & Performance

Side Effects 2003
Ocean Coffee Roasters (Providence)

Strings Attached, 2001
Undergraduate Exhibition Gallery 2 (Chicago)

Group Exhibitions

Irrational Exhibitions 10th Anniversary 2017
Raggedy Ann to Real Doll (video installation)
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA)

COLA20 2017
(photographs, programs, script)
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Irrational Exhibitions 9 (Los Angeles) 2016
Raggedy Ann to Real Doll (performance installation)
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA)

COLA16 2016
(In)/Animate Objects (installation, performance)
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Art Bern 2015
Bernie Sanders Is Finger Lickin Good (painting)
Future Studios (Los Angeles, CA)

No Strings Attached 2009
Growing Up Linda – Birthday Trauma (installation)
Avalon Island (Orlando, FL)

Great Small Works Temporary Toy Theater Museum 2008
Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death (installation)
St. Ann’s Warehouse (Brooklyn, NY)

Handmade Puppet Dreams 2007
Growing Up Linda – Birthday Trauma (installation)
Grand Central Art Center (Santa Ana, CA)

Puppets On The Wall 2007
Growing Up Linda – Birthday Trauma (installation)
Acorn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Art in Motion: Invitational Exhibition of Puppetry 2006
Growing Up Linda – Birthday Trauma (installation)
Guildford Art Center (Guilford, CT)

Great Small Works Temporary Toy Theater Museum 2005
The Adventures of Michael Jackson & The Animals of Neverland Ranch (installation)
St. Ann’s Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Wham Bam Trans! 2004
Gemini (conjoined at genitals) (sculpture)
(Providence, RI)

RISD Staff Exhibition 2004
Woods Gerry Gallery (Providence, RI)

Spiral 2004
Transgenic Conjoined Ganesh/(es) (sculpture)
Sand Point Magnuson Park (Seattle, WA)

RISD Staff Exhibit 2003
Woods Gerry Gallery (Providence, RI)

Harm Reduction Art Room 2002
Sheridan Seattle Hotel (Seattle, WA)

Hybrid 1997
The Program (installation)
Gallery 2 (Chicago, IL)

Wig Show 1997
Silver room (performance installation)
Gallery 2 (Chicago, IL)

2.72% 1996
Monster (projection)
Gallery X (Chicago, IL)

Book Unbound 1995
Space Dreams (projection)
Gallery X (Chicago, IL)

FYP Exhibition 1995
True (mixed media)
Betty Rymer Gallery (Chicago, IL)

Assorted Cracker Jack Prizes 1994
(various installations)
Studio For Interrelated Media (Boston, MA)

Film
Screenings + Installations

The Gunman 2013
Standard ToyKraft (Brooklyn, NY)

Buffalo Bill – It Get’s Better 2012
Silence of the Trans, Castro Theatre (San Francisco, CA)

Jackson’s Private Zoo 2005-2007
Festival of Mirth, California Institute of the Abnormal Arts (North Hollywood, CA)
Fledgling Festival, Perishable (Providence, RI)
Not Humanly Possible, Salvage Theatre (Austin, TX)
Puppet Anarchy, Eugene O’Neill Center (Waterford, CT)

King of Pop’s New Clothes 1998
GenderTrash and Other Cookies, Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago, IL)
Michigan Avenue Screening Room, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Inner Monster 1995-1996
Fresh, N.A.M.E. Gallery (Chicago, IL)
Cheap ArtBetty Rymer Gallery (Chicago, IL)

Books + Catalogues

COLA20 (book)
2017, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

City of Los Angeles 2016 Exhibition (catalog)
2016, (In)/Animate Objects, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Who’s the Puppet Now?  (coffee table book)
2015, Fudgie’s Death, Calgary Animated Objects Society

Scar Of Visibility:
Medical Performances And Contemporary Art
 
(criticism, book)
2007 Respiridone #12, University of Minnesota Press

Guest Contributor

HowlRound (writer)
2015, Why Puppetry? Musings of a Solo Puppetry Artist

Women And Performance:
A Journal Of Feminist Theory
 
(photographs + text)
2005 Finnochio: The Holiday Classic, New York University Press

Puppetry International Issue #32 (interview) 
2012 Uncanny Valley of the Dolls:
An Interview with Allison de Fren on The Mechanical Bride

Feast of Fun (writer) 
January 13, 2012 – Trendpocalpyse 2012
March 12, 2012 – The War on Glitter
January 12, 2012 – 2011: Year of The Glitter Bomb
January 28, 2011 – Marsian’s Glossary of Tips & Trends for 2011

Cockwoman: a Nina Zine (photographs)
Spring 1996

 Curatorial

The Puppet Slam Network 2006-2016

Handmade Puppet Dreams Film Series, Volume 4 2009-2010

Puppets from The Edge 2010
Avalon Island (Orlando)

Puppets from The Edge 2007
Mad Cow (Orlando)

Puppets from The Edge 2006
Mad Cow (Orlando)

Blood from a Turnip 2004-2006 Seasons
Perishable (Providence)

No Mercy: The Art of Pippin Roe 2003
Tealuxe (Providence)

GenderTrash and Other Cookies 1998
Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago)

Day of Beauty and Ritual 1998
Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago)

SpeakEasy 1996
N.A.M.E. Gallery (Chicago)

Open Word Slip of the Tongue 1996
N.A.M.E. Gallery (Chicago)

Honors + Awards

Richard E. Sherwood Award Finalist (2017)
Center Theatre Group

Walt Disney Company Support (2017)

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Support (2017)

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Alumni Fund Support (2017)

C.O.L.A. Master Artist Fellowship 2015-2016
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Project Grant 2015
The Jim Henson Foundation

Quick Grant 2015
Center for Cultural Innovation

Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry Funding
 2015

Connecticut Guild of Puppetry Funding 2015

Artist Resource for Completion Grant 2014
Center for Cultural Innovation

Seed Grant 2014
The Jim Henson Foundation

Anna Sosenko Assist Trust 2014
Anna Sosenko Assist Trust

Quick Grant 2014
Center for Cultural Innovation

The Alumni Travel Fund 2013
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

Terry & Taylor Fator Fund 2013
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

Terry Fator Fund 2012
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

The Connecticut Guild of Puppetry Fund 2011

LA County Arts Commission  2010
Rachel Rosenthal Company

The Matt Rineveld Memorial Fund 2010
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center / Jim Henson Foundation

Artist Resource for Completion Grant 2009
Durfee Foundation

Emerging Artist Fund 2009
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

Special Project Fund 2009
California Institute for the Arts, Theater School

Funding from Student Council 2009
California Institute for the Arts

Interdisciplinary Project Grant 2008
California Institute for the Arts

Scholarship for Foreign Study 2008
UNIMA-USA

Funding from the Office of The President 2008
California Institute for the Arts

Interdisciplinary Project Grant 2008
California Institute for the Arts

Emma Louise Warfield Memorial Scholarship 2007
Puppeteers of America

Ahmason Foundation Scholarship 2006-2009
California Institute for the Arts

Kevin Clash Minority Fund 2006
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

Associate Artist Scholarship 2005
Atlantic Center for the Arts

Art of Leadership 1996
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Merit Scholarship 1994-1996
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Education

M.F.A. Design 2009 – CalArts, Cotsen Center For Puppetry and the Arts
B.F.A. in Studio Art 2001 School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Teaching

Object/Fetish:

Staging the Suspension of Disbelief in Every Day Life 2010-2011

Puppetry and Post Dramatic Performance Conference, UConn (Storrs)
Transmodern Festival, H&H Building (Baltimore)
Calgary Animated Objects Society, Club Sapien (Calgary),
California Institute for the Arts, Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts

Artist Talk 2004-2011

The Maryland Institute College of Art, Fiber Department (Baltimore)
Bryant University, Performance Studies Department (Smithfield)

The New American Vaudeville:
the Puppet Slam Network
 
2007-2012

National Puppetry Conference, Eugene O’Neill Center (Waterford, CT)
Puppetry & Post Dramatic Performance, University of Conneticut (Storrs)
Winnipeg Puppet Collective (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
National Puppetry Festival, Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA)
National Puppetry Festival, Concordia University (St. Paul, MN)

Teaching Artist in Residence 2005-2014

Los Angeles LGBT Center (Los Angeles)
California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA)
Oakland Beach Elementary, Artist in Residence (Warwick, RI)
Calcutt Middle School, Artist in Residence (Central Falls, RI)

Gay & Lesbian Student Rights Law
of Massachusetts
 
1993-2003

The Harvard Club (Boston)
Simmons College (Boston)
Leslie College (Cambridge)
The Massachusetts State House
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Organizational

Puppet Slam Network 2005-2016
Co-Founder

UNIMA-USA 2012-2015
Board of Directors

Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry 2011-2012
Board of Directors

N.A.M.E. Gallery 1996
Time Arts Committee

Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights 1993-1994
Youth Outreach Coordinator

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