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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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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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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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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Transgenic Conjoined Ganesh/(es), Spiral, Seattle (installation)

Transgenic Conjoined Ganesh/(es), ©2004 Marsian De Lellis
Transgenic Conjoined Ganesh/(es), ©2004 Marsian De Lellis

I contributed Transgenic Conjoined Ganesh/(es) to Spiral, an installation of handmade dolls and figures at Sand Point Magnuson Park (a former military base) in Seattle. The dolls were set on fire on October 22, 2004 to protest the United States’ military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The impetus for Spiral came from monks who self-immolated during the Vietnam War. I wasn’t able to see the final installation, but I imagine it was beautiful and powerful.

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Harm Reduction Art Room, Seattle (photography)

December 1st-3rd, 2002, my puppet portraits were shown at the Harm Reduction Art Room, curated by Dopesick SF as part of the the Harm Reduction Coalition Conference at the Sheridan Seattle Hotel.

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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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