A decade of the Puppet Slam Network (curatorial)

Marsian-PSN-Slide

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.  

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The Gunman, Brooklyn (screening)

On Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 7:00PM, my ultra-short puppet animation film, “The Gunman” was screened at Standard ToyKraft as part of “Summer Cinema Presents: Glen or Glenda”. The pre-show line up (curated by Jessica Scott) also included films by Daphne Gardner, Beau Brown and Trey Kirchoff.  I animated “The Gunman” in 2007 using found objects, figurines, and toys, with drawings by Katie Shook, and assistance from Laura Heit and Dillon Markey.

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Portland Press Herald, (Puppet Slam Network)

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.

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The Puppetry Journal (Press)

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)”

Puppet Slam Network (blog)

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.

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Puppetry International – The North American Puppet Slam Scene in 2010 (press)

Puppetry International Fall/Winter 2010
Puppetry International Fall/Winter 2010

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.

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CJOB, Winnipeg (Puppet Slam Network Press)

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.  

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Brooklyn Independant Television (interview)

On July 1st, 2010, I  was interviewed on Brooklyn Independant Television (BIT)’s Neighborhood Beat series by Kecia Elan Cole. In the segment, Your passport to Brooklyn, I was interviewed about Fudgie’s Death, which I was performing at St. Ann’s Warehouse for the Great Small Works’ Toy Theatre Festival. Fudgie’s Death was a segment of Growing Up Linda in which the troubled daughter of an ice cream mogul spirals downward into frosting, substance abuse, and Fudgie the Whale.

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Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death, Brooklyn (performance)

2010 (L to R) Photo: K. Basta, Poster: Great Small Works
2010 (L to R) Photo: K. Basta, Poster: Great Small Works

On June 9th and June 10th, 2010, I peformed Fudgie’s Death at St. Ann’s Warehouse as part of Program #3 in the Great Small Works 9th International Toy Theater Festival. Fudgie’s Death is a neo-noir segment from Growing Up Linda in which the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past. In Fudgie’s Death, I transform table-top pop-up books into full-screen cinema.

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Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death, Brooklyn (exhibition)

I exhibited 40 storyboards and 3 pop-ups from Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death at the Eighth International Toy Theater Festival and Temporary Toy Theatre Museum presented by Great Small Works at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood.

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Fudgie’s Death storyboards and pop-ups made with EuGean Seo,
2008, Photo: Marsian De Lellis

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