Rango Tango, Lowell, MA (performance)

Strings Attached, Chicago, 2001
Rango Tango, 2006

On  July 1st, 2006, I performed my short marionette dance piece, Rango Tango, at the Revolving Museum in Lowell, MA. The performance was part of a special edition of Blood from a Turnip I hosted with Vanessa Gilbert as part of the Revolving Museum’s Pulling Strings: Traditional and Contemporary Puppetry Exhibit. Rango Tango was choreographed with Philip Huber at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as part of the 2006 National Puppetry Conference with funding the Kevin Clash Minority Scholarship.

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Kevin Clash (Support)

In June 2006, I was the recipient of the Emerging Kevin Clash Minority Scholarship to participate in the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT.  While at the conference I was mentored by marionettist, Phillip Huber, who directed choreography for Rango Tango, which I performed in the Dina Merril Theater and later at the the Revolving Museum in Lowel, MA.

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PuppetSlam.com – soft launch

Jen Lynn, photo: Doug Wong

On March 9th, 2006 I launched Puppetslam.com, a website that cataloged, connected, supported, and generated awareness for adult evenings of short-form puppetry and what would evolve into the Puppet Slam Network over the next decade.

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Strings Attached, Chicago (Exhibition)


2001, ©Marsian De Lellis
2001, ©Marsian De Lellis

On March 31, 2001 – Strings Attached, an installation of puppets and a doll I created while finishing my degree at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) opened at Gallery 2 in Chicago. Strings Attached was part of the 2001 Undergraduate Exhibition featuring the graduating BFA class at SAIC and ran through April 13th, 2001.

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New York Times – 7/4/93 (Gay + Lesbian Student Rights Law Press)

1993-07-04-NYT-Body1-16x9-150dpi New York Times 7/4/93 LGBTQ

On July 4th, 1993, the New York Times covered the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth which laid the groundwork for the Gay and Lesbian Student rights law which I later advocated for through the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Civil RightsContinue reading “New York Times – 7/4/93 (Gay + Lesbian Student Rights Law Press)”

Coalition for Lesbian + Gay Civil Rights (LGBTQ activism)

In July 1993, I became the Youth Outreach Coordinator for the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights. As Youth Outreach coordinator, I advocated for anti-discrimination legislation protecting LGBTQ students in Massachusetts public schools through organizing letter writing campaigns, rallies at the state house, lobbying days, public speaking and working with the media. I served on the Coalition until August 1994.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Continue reading “Coalition for Lesbian + Gay Civil Rights (LGBTQ activism)”