Love Lost and the Enchantment of Objects by Jacki Apple (essay)

Screen Shot 2018-11-08 at 1.26.55 PM photo: Kelly Stuart

On November 2, 2018, Jacki Apple wrote Love Lost and the Enchantment of Objects, a critical essay on my performance, Object of Her Affection, for Fabrik in her column, Peripheral Visions: Perspectives on Performance, Media and Culture.

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Foundation for Contemporary Arts (support)

Object-FCAb-16x9-150dpi Object of Her Affection, Photo Rafael Hernandez

I am delighted to announce that I will be the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, which will support performances of Object of Her Affection at Automata as part of LAX Festival.  Object of Her Affection is a solo object and puppet-based performance art piece centered on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects. There will be twelve performances over three weekends from September 27th and October 14th.  Details will be coming soon.

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2018 Sherwood Award Finalists Interview (CTG Blog)

IMG_4221 Gina Young,  Hana Kim, and Marsian De Lellis at Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, 2017, Photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging Sherwood
Gina Young,  Hana Kim, and Marsian De Lellis at Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, 2017, Photo: Ryan Miller / Capture Imaging Sherwood

On December 7th, 2017, Center Theatre Group interviewed Gina Young, Hana Kim, and myself as finalists for the 2018 Sherwood Award about our art/lives in L.A. Read the full story on the Center Theatre Group Blog. Continue reading “2018 Sherwood Award Finalists Interview (CTG Blog)”

2015 Jim Henson Foundation Grant (support)

In 2015, I was the recipient of a Project Grant from the Jim Henson Foundation to support Object of Her Affection.

Marsian De Lellis, Object of Her Affection, Photo: Rafael Hernandez
Marsian De Lellis, Object of Her Affection, Photo: Rafael Hernandez

          Object of Her Affection is an unconventional love story centered on a woman who desires intimate relationships with inanimate objects and her search for love that is just beyond her reach. As a visual narrative about flesh and blood human beings developing relationships with things, Object of Her Affection explores the duality of objects as (in)/animate: animate and sentient through the eyes of the protagonist, Andrea, while the same objects appear inanimate to most. Creator, Marsian De Lellis will perform Object Of Her Affection under the direction of Michele Spears, with theatrical elements that stretch definitions of puppetry, and subject matter that complicates the categorization of sexual identity.

          You can read about the 2015 Jim Henson Foundation Recipients here.

The Jim Henson Foundation
The Jim Henson Foundation

Contemporary Performance Almanac 2015 (book)

2015 Contemporary Performance Almanac
2015 Contemporary Performance Almanac

On December 30th, 2014, an entry on Object of Her Affection was published in Big Art Group’s 2015 Contemporary Performance Almanac, edited by Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson. Object of Her Affection is a solo puppetry and object performance art piece centered on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.

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CCI ARC Grant 2014 (support)

On June 4th, 2014, I was the recipient an ARC Grant (Artist Resource for Completion Grant) from CCI (The Center for Cultural Innovation) for Object of Her Affection during it’s run at the 2014 REDCAT Now Festival

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Anna Sosenko Trust (support)

2014, Photo: Rafael Hernandez + Anna Sosenko Assist Trust logo
2014, Photo: Rafael Hernandez + Anna Sosenko Assist Trust logo

On June 3rd, 2014, I was awarded funding from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust for the Los Angeles workshops of Object of Her Affection at Automata and at REDCAT for the New Original Works Festival.  Object of Her Affection is a solo puppetry and object performance art piece centered on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.  The funds from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust went towards developing the sound design and music.

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2014 Henson Foundation Seed Grant (support)

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L: Jim Henson Foundation Logo, R: 2013, Marsian De Lellis

On December 16th, 2013, I was awarded a Jim Henson Foundation Seed Grant for Object of Her Affection.  Object of Her Affection is a solo puppetry and object performance art piece centered on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.

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Wake Up Your Weird, Walnutt Creek (puppeteer, theatre)

On Friday, September 30th, 2011, Leslie Carrara-Rupdolph’s Wake Up Your Weird opened at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnutt Creek, CA.  I was the assistant puppeteer in Weird, in which Lolly Lardpop, a candy-obsessed five year old must deal with her feelings about being bullied out of a play-date.

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Wake Up Your Weird, Waterford, CT (performance)

In June 2011, I was the recipient of the Connecticut Guild of Puppetry Scholarship to participate in the the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. While at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center I worked on Web of Mystery,  in which a spider dances with it’s puppeteers before overtaking one of them, and as an assistant puppeteer on Leslie Cararra-Rudolph’s Wake Up Your Weird, in which a candy obsessed five year old must process her feelings after getting bullied out of a play date.

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