A decade of the Puppet Slam Network (curatorial)

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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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Bernie & the Revolution, LA (exhibition)

From May 27th-June 5th, 2016, my painting, Bernie Sanders Is Fingerlickin Good (which had been previously shown at Future Studio Gallery and  featured in the HuffPost) was part of  Bernie & The Revolution, a group exhibition at Fachapatoto in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. The exhibition was also a fundraiser for the presidential primary campaign of Bernie Sanders.

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DCA 2016 COLA Fellowship (support)

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(In)/Animate Objects, 2016, Photo: Alex Griffin

On June 29th. 2015, I was awarded the 2015-2016 DCA (Department of Cultural Affairs) COLA (City of Los Angeles) Master Artist Fellowship. The funding supported my work on (In)/Animate Objects, a performative installation I created for the 2016 COLA Fellowship Exhibition at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. In conjunction with the exhibition, I gave an artist-talk hosted by Allison de Fren, was interviewed by LA Times High School Insider, reviewed in Artillery Magazine and included in the COLA20 retrospective book and exhibition.
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Object of Her Affection – Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust, Bootleg, LA (performance)

Marsian De Lellis, 2014, Photo: Alex Griffin
Marsian De Lellis, 2014, Photo: Alex Griffin

On February 9th, 2014, I performed Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust, an excerpt from Object of Her Affection at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. In Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust, a woman who desires intimate relationships with inanimate objects discovers that the bridge she has come to love has been cheating on her.

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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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Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry, Board of Directors

On July 24th, 2011 I was elected to the board of the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry where I served as the group’s secretary.

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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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