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MAJOR PROJECTS

Model Killer: Tiny Crimes and Tiny Coverups
2017-present

Workshop: 
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)
RECAT (Los Angeles)
Muckenthal 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 2005-2011

Venue 13 (Edinburgh); Excerpts: International Festival of Animated Objects (Calgary), St. Ann’s Warehouse (Brooklyn), Theatre for a New City (New York), Judson Church (New York), Links Hall (Chicago), 14 Karat Cabaret (Baltimore), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Mad Cow (Orlando), Space Ark (Pasadena), Coffee House Theatre, CalArts (Valencia, CA) Coolidge Corner Theatre (Boston), Comedy Connection (Boston), Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach), Perishable (Providence), Carriage House (Providence), Park Theatre (Winnipeg)

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OTHER PERFORMANCES

The Feeder 2015-2016

  • Echo Theatre (Portland, OR)
  • Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)

Ham In A Wig 2013

Web Of Mystery 2011

Rango Tango 2006

The Adventures Of Michael Jackson
& The Animals Of Neverland Ranch 
2004-2005

Puppet Runway 2000-2002

Toy Factory 1998

Date Rape: The American Classic 1998

Spin the Bottle 1998

Heavy Petting 1998

  • Time Arts Evening, Gallery 2 (Chicago)

Feet 1998

  • Faerie Frolic Arts Festival, Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago)

Apocalypse 1997

  • Big Chicks (Chicago)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS + INSTALLATIONS

Puppet Trash 2004
AS220 (Providence)

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

Side Effects 2004
Ocean Coffee Roasters (Providence)

Strings Attached, 2001
Undergraduate Exhibition Gallery 2 (Chicago)


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Irrational Exhibitions 10th Anniversary 2017
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA)

COLA20 2017
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Irrational Exhibitions 9 (Los Angeles) 2016
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA)

COLA16 2016
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Art Bern 2015
Future Studios (Los Angeles, CA)

No Strings Attached 2009
Avalon Island (Orlando, FL)

Great Small Works Temporary Toy Theater Museum 2008
St. Ann’s Warehouse (Brooklyn, NY)

Handmade Puppet Dreams 2007
Grand Central Art Center (Santa Ana, CA)

Puppets On The Wall 2007
Acorn Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

Art in Motion: Invitational Exhibition of Puppetry 2006
Guildford Art Center (Guilford, CT)

Great Small Works Temporary Toy Theater Museum 2005
St. Ann’s Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Wham Bam Trans! 2004
(Providence, RI)

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

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

Hybrid 1997
Gallery 2 (Chicago, IL)

Wig Show 1997
Gallery 2 (Chicago, IL)

2.72% 1996
Gallery X (Chicago, IL)

Book Unbound 1995
Gallery X (Chicago, IL)

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


FILM SCREENINGS + INSTALLATIONS

The Gunman 2013

Inner Monster 1995-1996

  • Fresh, N.A.M.E. Gallery (Chicago, IL)
  • Cheap ArtBetty Rymer Gallery (Chicago, IL)

Jackson’s Private Zoo 2005-2007

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)

Buffalo Bill – It Get’s Better 2012

  • Silence of the Trans, Castro Theatre (San Francisco, CA)

PUBLISHED WORKS

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

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

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

Women And Performance:
A Journal Of Feminist Theory
 
(photos + 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 (guest contributor) 


 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)

Vaginal Cream Davis 1998
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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

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

Project Grant 2015
The Jim Henson Foundation

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

Artist Resource for Completion Grant 2009
Durfee Foundation

UNIMA-USA Scholarship for Foreign Study 2008

Associate Artist Scholarship 2005
Atlantic Center for the Arts

LA County Arts Emerging Artist Scholarship 2010
Rachel Rosenthal Company

The O’Neill Theater Center Scholarships 2006-2017

  • Walt Disney Company (2017)
  • The O’Neill Theater Center (2016)
  • The Alumni Scholarship (2013)
  • Terry & Taylor Fator Scholarship (2013)
  • Terry Fator Scholarship (2012)
  • The Matt Rineveld Memorial Scholarship (2010)
  • The Connecticut Guild of Puppetry Scholarship (2010)
  • Emerging Artist Scholarship (2009)
  • Kevin Clash Minority Scholarship (2006)

 Puppeteers of America Emma Louise Memorial Scholarship 2007

Center for Cultural Innovation Quick Grant 2015
Artist business workshops through CCI and Creative Capital

Center for Cultural Innovation Quick Grant 2014
The Business of Art – Entrepreneurial Training for Artists

Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry Scholarship 2012, 2015

Ahmason Foundation Scholarship 2006-2009
California Institute for the Arts

Interdisciplinary Grant 2008, 2009
California Institute 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


GUEST TEACHING + ARTIST TALKS

Object/Fetish: Staging the Suspension of Disbelief in Every Day Life 2010-2011

Artist Talk 2004-2011

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

  • Puppetry and Post Dramatic Performance Conference, UConn(Storrs)
  • Georgia Tech (Atlanta)
  • Concordia University (St. Paul)
  • Eugene O’Neill Center (Waterford, CT)
  • Winnipeg Puppet Collective (Winnipeg)

Teaching Artist in Residence 2005-2014

  • Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center (Los Angeles),
  • Oakland Beach Elementary, Artist in Residence (Oakland Beach),
  • Calcutt Middle School, Artist in Residence (Central Falls)

Gay and Lesbian Student Rights Law of Massachusetts 1994-2003

  • 2003 The Harvard Club (Boston)
  • 1994 Leslie College (Cambridge)
  • 1994 Simmons College (Boston)

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 2006
Time Arts Committee

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