UNIMA-USA, Board of Directors (organizational)

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photo: Jonny Gomez

In the Spring of 2012 I was elected to the  Board of Directors for UNIMA-USA. My term ran from July 2012- August 2015. While on the Board, I served as Secretary and the inaugural Social Media chair.  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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Bride of Wildenstein, New Orleans (performance)

©2009 Marsian De Lellis
©2009 Marsian De Lellis

On November 13th, 2009, I performed Bride of Wildenstein –  The Musical at the New Orleans Fringe. In Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband. This presentation of Bride of Wildenstein was produced by Ibex Puppetry in Orlando.
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Bride of Wildenstein – Pump That Pussy, Phoenix (performance)

2009 ©Marsian De Lellis
2009 ©Marsian De Lellis

On September 4th and 5th, 2009 I performed Pump that Pussy, an excerpt from Bride of Wildenstein –  The Musical at Great Arizona Puppet Theatre in Phoenix Arizona. Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical is centered on an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband. In Pump  that Pussy, protagonist, Jocelyn Wildenstein, finds herself amidst an illegal junk yard pumping party, after being estranged by her husband.  She encounters a rat doctor with a caulking gun he uses to inject partiers with non-medical grade silcone, a worried pigeon recovering from a beak job, and a cockraoch who has gotten his thorax pumped.

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Puppetry International (press)

2009-04-10-PI-16x9-Body2-300dpi Puppetry International 2009 Linda

In the Spring of 2009, Lynn Jeffries wrote about my work in Puppetry International’s “40 Under 40”, which she likened to “a crazy hall of mirrors, flashing bits of a story from multiple angles.. held together by a strong idosyncratic personal aesthetic. And lots of fake fur”

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Growing Up Linda – Premiere, Edinburgh, (performance)

Growing Up Linda - Edinburgh, 2008, poster Anne Mills Coté
Growing Up Linda – Edinburgh, 2008, poster Anne Mills Coté, Photo: Steve Gunther

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 itsfusion of trashy and glam”. There were a total of nine performances over the course of ten days.

Growing Up Linda – workshop, Valencia, CA (performance)

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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.

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UNIMA-USA (Support)

 

In 2008, I was the recipient of funding from UNIMA-USA for the run of Growing Up Linda at the Edinburgh FringeGrowing 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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Beyond the Beyond, Los Angeles (performer, puppeteer, dramaturg)

In April 12th, 2007 Beyond the Beyond: The Gay Futureworld, in which I was a performer and puppeteer was presented by Cornerstone at the Lilly Tomilin/ Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center, part of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Directed by Paul Zaloom, Beyond the Beyond was a wild, episodic sci-fi romp through the next 1000 years of humanity that explored civil rights, queer history and the queer world of the future through personal stories gathered, scripted, workshopped and performed by GLBT youth, seniors and professional artists.

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