Puppet Slam Network: Informational Posts

In the fall of 2011, I started a series of informational posts on the Puppet Slam Network website about organizing evenings of short-form puppetry and object theatre for adults.

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Puppet Cabaret, Storrs (host)

Vanessa Gilbert, Great Small Works, Marsian, 2011, Photos: Mark Dannenhauer
Vanessa Gilbert, Great Small Works, Marsian De Lellis, 2011, Photos: Mark Dannenhauer

On April 2nd, 2011, I hosted a puppet cabaret at the Nafe Katter Theatre with long-time Blood from a Turnip collaborator, Vanessa Gilbert. The line up included short-form puppet acts from Great Small Works, Big Nazo, Michael Sommers, and Kate Brehm. The cabaret was part of Puppetry and Post Dramatic Performance: An International Conference on Performing Objects in the 21st Century at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

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The New American Vaudeville, Storrs, CT (artist talk)

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.

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Object/Fetish, Storrs (Talk)

Marsian De Lellis, 2011, Photo: Uconn Puppetry Department
Marsian De Lellis, 2011, Photo: Uconn Puppetry Department

In Friday, April 1st, 2011, I presented my artist-talk, Object/Fetish: Staging the Suspension of Disbelief in Every Day Life at the University of Connecticut in Storrs for the Puppetry and Postdramatic Performance Conference.

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Puppetry International – The North American Puppet Slam Scene in 2010 (press)

Puppetry International Fall/Winter 2010
Puppetry International Fall/Winter 2010

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.

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Object/Fetish, Valencia (guest teacher)

2010-16x7-Object-Fetish-300dpi Object/Fetish Calarts

On November 18th, 2010, I was a guest teacher for Susan Simpson’s History of American Puppet Theater course at CalArts through the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts. For this class which included a mixture of graduate and undergraduate students, I presented my multi-media artist-talk, Object/Fetish: Staging the Suspension of Disbelief in Every Day Life.

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CJOB, Winnipeg

On July 7th, 2010, Dan Walechuck appeared on CJOB (Winnipeg) to talk about The Puppet Slam Network and the Winnipeg Puppet Slam, in which I performed Fudgie’s Death, a segment from Growing Up Linda

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Growing Up Linda, Chicago

May 7th through May 9th, 2010, I performed Fudgie’s Death, a segment from Growing Up Linda at Links Hall in Chicago.

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Exhibit A, Chicago (performer)

While in Chicago at Links Hall, with Fudgie’s Death, I also narrated an excerpt from Susan Simpson‘s Exhibit A. Exhibit A, was an object theatre piece rooted in the utopian visions of early gay organizing and in the language and aesthetics of science fiction. Performances were the final weekend of the Banners and Cranks Festival of Cantrastoria May 7th through May 9th, 2010.

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Time Out – Chicago (press)

On April 22, 2010, Time Out – Chicago published an image from Fudgie’s Death in their coverage of the Banners and Cranks Festival in which I was performing.

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