Richard E. Sherwood Award Finalists

The 2017 Sherwood Awards Winners
The 2017 Sherwood Awards Winners at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Today, the Center Theatre Group announced three finalists in the Richard E. Sherwood Award, which included Gina Young and Hana Kim, and myself.

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Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun (puppet design)

Julie Brown‘s Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun – The Musical in which I designed a humanette puppet used by Drew Droege opened for another run in Los Angeles at the Cavern Club Theater  October 13th-21st, 2017. Continue reading “Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun (puppet design)”

COLA20 (book launch)

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On August 19th, 2017, there was a book launch for COLA 20featuring DJ Daedalus at Grand Performances in downtown Los AngelesCOLA 20, a hardbound edition, that tells the story of the Los Angeles art scene and the impact of the Department of Cultural Affairs through its 20 year history of the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship Initiative. I was awarded a COLA Fellowship in 2016, which enabled me to create the installation (In)/Animate Objects at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. (In)/Animate Objects explored the excesses of a doll hoarding grandmother and featured 1,261 handmade, distressed rag dolls. Continue reading “COLA20 (book launch)”

Dave Made A Maze (film, puppeteer)

From August 18th-31st, 2017, Dave Made A Maze, an independent film I assisted Christine Papalexis with  puppeteering and fabrication, went into limited release throughout the US and became available on demand after premiering at Slamdance.  In Dave Made a Maze, a frustrated artist must be rescued by his friends from a bloodthirsty Minotaur in a supernatural world of  the cardboard fort he built in his living room. This oddball comedy horror is full of fun, low-tech special effects. Continue reading “Dave Made A Maze (film, puppeteer)”

Model Killer – Model Victims, Waterford, CT (workshop performance)

Model Killer, 2017, Photo: Richard Termine
Model Killer, 2017, Photo: Richard Termine

On June 16th + 17th, I presented an initial scene from Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups, as an artist-in-residence at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center at the culmination of the National Puppetry Conference. Model Killer is a morbid comedy centered on Vivian Nutt, a disgruntled dollhouse maker turned investigator. Vivian builds dioramas of unsolved murders, only for it to be revealed that she is a serial killer.  In Model Killer, I am creating a universe in which I invite the viewer to reconsider female serial killers, the historically feminine craft of miniatures, and murder as entertainment.

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Model Killer, Waterford, CT (residency)

Model KillerIn June 2017, I workshopped the beginnings of my script-in-progress Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups as an artist-in-residence at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center – with performances on Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th at the culmination of the National Puppetry Conference. 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 a serial killer.  In Model Killer, I am creating a universe in which I invite the viewer to reconsider female serial killers, the historically feminine craft of miniatures, and murder as entertainment.

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Raggedy Ann to Real Doll 2017, Los Angeles (video installation)

2017, photo: Curt Lemieux
2017, photo: Curt Lemieux

From to June 3rd-10th, 2017, video documentation from my performance, Raggedy Ann to Real Doll was on display at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions as part of Irrational Exhibits 10th  Anniversary: Mapping the Divide, curated and produced by Deborah Oliver. In  Raggedy Ann to Real Doll,  I constructed a storefront operating theater at LACE as one of America’s most beloved dolls went under the knife.  I examined how we negotiate our idea of personal identity in an ever-shifting landscape of technologies that can drastically alter and re-map the body. Projected video and the remote voyeurism from a live stream provided multiple onsite and virtual opportunities for spectatorship.

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Walt Disney Co. + Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (support)

In  June 2017, I was the recipient of funding from both the Walt Disney Company and the Eugene O’Neill Center for an artist-in-residence as part of the National Puppetry Conference. During the residency, I worked on Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups and performed  the first  scene, Model Victims at its culmination.
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COLA20, LAMAG, Los Angeles (exhibition)

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(Left)  (In)/Animate Objects installation, 2016, photo: Alex Griffin

I’m honored to have been a part of COLA20 – which opened Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG). COLA20 was a landmark exhibition that celebrated the first twenty years of the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship Program, recognizing the achievements of 271 design, literary, performing, and visual master artists and artist-duos who represent the creative legacy of Los Angeles.  Continue reading “COLA20, LAMAG, Los Angeles (exhibition)”