A decade of the Puppet Slam Network

Jen Lynn, photo: Doug Wong

On September 2nd, 2016, I finished my tenure at the Puppet Slam Network (PSN), which I co-founded in 2005 with Heather Henson through support from her production company, Ibex Puppetry.  

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Who’s the Puppet Now?, Calgary

Marsian De Lellis, Calgary, 2011, photo: Sean Dennie
Marsian De Lellis, Calgary,
2011, photo: Sean Dennie

In March 2015, Who’s The Puppet Now?, a coffee table book of Sean Dennie’s photos was published. Created by the Calgary Animated Objects Society, the edition included a photos from my performances, Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death during its run at the International Festival of Animated Objects and Object of Her Affection at REDCAT.

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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: Informational Posts

In the fall of 2011, I started a series of informational posts on the Puppet Slam Network website about organizing evenings of short-form puppetry and object theatre for adults.

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Object/Fetish, Calgary (Talk)

On March 13th, 2011 at 9:00PM, I presented my multi-media artist-talk, Object/Fetish: Staging the Suspension of Disbelief in Every Day Life at Club Sapien, a short-lived inclusive queer nightclub known for its community outrech in Calgary. My presentation of Object/Fetish was made in conjunction with the Calgary Animated Object Society (CAOS) and their International Festival of Animated Objects.

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Handmade Puppet Dreams, Calgary (appearance)

On March 13th, 2011, I introduced a screening Handmade Puppet Dreams at the Plaza Theatre in Calgary, as part of the International Festival of Animated Objects, curated by Xstine Cook, and produced by CAOS (The Calgary Animated Objects Society).

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Calgary Herald (interview)

On March 12th, 2011,  The Calgary Herald published an interview that described my work as “light years away from the child-oriented Muppets universe that Jim Henson introduced.” 

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Growing Up Linda, Calgary

On March 11th and 12th, 2011, I performed Fudgie’s Death at International Festival of Animated Objects in Calgary.

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CJOB, Winnipeg

On July 7th, 2010, Dan Walechuck appeared on CJOB (Winnipeg) to talk about The Puppet Slam Network and the Winnipeg Puppet Slam, in which I performed Fudgie’s Death, a segment from Growing Up Linda

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