On Friday, August 8th, 2008 Growing Up Linda premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Growing Up Linda was an ensemble actor-puppetry performance that looked at the off-kilter world of the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul. During its run in 2008 at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Scotsman distinguished Growing Up Linda as “colorful, elaborate” and“nightmarish”. Three Weeks (Edinburgh) characterized Linda as “kitsch, camp, and often grotesque”, and celebrated it for its “fusion of trashy and glam”. There were a total of nine performances over the course of ten days.
From May 7th-10th 2008, The Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts and CalArts School of Theater presented a workshop production of Growing Up Linda in Ensemble Theater 2 in Valencia, California, where I was in my 2nd year as an MFA student in puppetry and scenic design. Growing Up Linda was an ensemble actor-puppetry performance about the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul who must come to terms with her troubled past.
In 2008, I was the recipient of funding from UNIMA-USA for the run of Growing Up Linda at the Edinburgh Fringe. Growing Up Linda, was an ensemble puppet piece in which the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past. Based in Atlanta at the Center for Puppetry Arts, UNIMA-USA is the North American Center of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the oldest international theatre organization in the world. UNIMA-USA’s mission is to promote international understanding and friendship through the art of puppetry.
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In June, 2007, I was a marionettist in Lead Feet and Nothing Upstairs: A History of the Lifelike. Written and directed by Susan Simpson, Lead Feet focused on female triplets raised their grandmother (who I performed) and ideas about originality and personal identity. LA Taco covered Lead Feet, published a photo I took of one of the marionettes and mentioned my performance as the grandmother.
The power of puppetry was present in the tiny detailed face of the crone-like grandmother, whose miniscule movements conveyed profound love and protection, whether reaching out to nothingness for a hug or spreading a heaven-sent blanket over her ward
– LA Taco
From June 7th-30th, 2007, I was a puppeteer in Lead Feet and Nothing Upstairs: A History of the Lifelike at the Manual Archives in Los Angeles. Lead Feet, written and directed by Susan Simpson, was a puppet play that focused on female triplets raised their grandmother and ideas about originality and personal identity. In Lead Feet, performed in the role of the grandmother, a marionette which I also voiced. There were 15 performances during the run of the show.
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On June 2nd, 2007, I performed an episode of Growing Up Linda with Jackie Kay Knox, Joel Egger, and Dan Rae Wilson at Space Ark in Pasadena for a cabaret at the Puppets, Puppets, Puppets Festival hosted by the Arroyo Art Collective.
On March 1st, 2007, I performed in Birthday Trauma, a segment from Growing Up Linda at the CalArt’s Coffeehouse Theatre in Valencia, CA as part of Exquisite Acts and Everyday Rebellions. Growing Up Linda was an ensemble actor-puppetry performance in which the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past.