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)”
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.
On January 28th, 2013, The Portland Press Herald briefly covered my work with the Puppet Slam Network as part of a larger story on Blainor McGough, curator of King Friday’s Dungeon in Portland, ME.
In the Spring of 2012 I was elected to the Board of Directors for UNIMA-USA. My term ran from July 2012- August 2015. While on the Board, I served as Secretary and the inaugural Social Media chair. Based in Atlanta at the Center for Puppetry Arts, UNIMA-USA is the North American Center of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the oldest international theatre organization in the world. UNIMA-USA’s mission is to promote international understanding and friendship through the art of puppetry.
In the Spring of 2012, The Puppetry Journal ran a substantive cover story on the world of puppet slams, featuring my work as co-founder of The Puppet Slam Network and my interviews with puppet slam artists. The Puppet Slam Network 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. Continue reading “The Puppetry Journal (Press)”
On September 2011 – I began a series of informational blog posts on the Puppet Slam Network website that addressed topics related to organizing evenings of short-form puppetry and object theatre for adults. Topics included: the significance of puppet slams, puppet slam history, the future of slams, sources of inspiration, working with a fiscal recipient, learning from fabulous failures, advice on hosting and performing in slams, self promotion, and how to get the most out of the Puppet Slam Network.
In the “The North American Puppet Slam Scene in 2010”, I was interviewed by Teresa Smalec for Puppetry International on my work as a curator of short-form puppetry for adults and in my role as co-founder of the Puppet Slam Network.
On July 7th, 2010, Dan Walechuck appeared on CJOB (Winnipeg) to talk about The Puppet Slam Network and the Winnipeg Puppet Slam, (which I performed in). The Puppet Slam Network, which I co-founded with Heather Henson, 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.
I was an assistant curator for Handmade Puppet Dreams, Volume 4, Heather Henson’s touring live-action puppet film series which began screening on December 6th, 2009 at Theater For the New City as part of Voice4Vision, a puppet festival. While the volume contained all diffrent kinds of puppetry styles, I was especially interested in selecting puppet shorts that involved music. Volume 4 has been screened in Cape Town South Africa, Calgary, Alberta, San Diego, CA, Conway, AR, Providence, RI, North Bethesda, MD, Orlando FL, Atlanta, GA, New York, NY, Waterford, CT, and Portland ME.
On July 18th, 2009, at Georgia Tech I performed “Pump that Pussy”, an excerpt from Bride of Wildenstein – the Musical, in which an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband. After being banished from her townhouse, she stumbles upon a junkyard pumping party (a gathering in which participants inject illegal non-medical grade compounds into their bodies). In the song, Pump that Pussy, she encounters a talking cockroach, a pigeon who has just gotten a beak job, and a rat doctor with a caulking gun who encourage her to “pump that pussy face”.