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.
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.
On April 2nd, 2011, I presented The New American Vaudeville: The Puppet Slam Network, at Puppetry and Postdramatic Performance – an International Conference on Performing Objects in the 21st Century hosted by the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. In The New American Vaudeville I contextualized growing field of puppet slams – evenings of short-form puppet and object theater for adult audiences. The presentation was informed by my position as co-founder of the Puppet Slam Network which ran from 2005 to 2016.
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).
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.” While at the International Animated Objects Festival, I performed Fudgie’s Death, presented an artist-talk, Object/Fetish, and introduced a Handmade Puppet Dreams screening.
Marsian De Lellis, Calgary, 2011, photo: Sean Dennie
International of Animated Objects, Program
On March 11th and 12th, 2011, I performed Fudgie’s Death at International Festival of Animated Objects in Calgary as part of their Dolly Wiggler Cabaret. While in Calgary, I was also photographed by one of the festival organizers, Sean Dennie, I was interviewed by the Calgary Herald and a local radio station, presented my lecture, Object/Fetish at Club Sapien, and introduced a screening of Handmade Puppet Dreams.
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.