Matt Rineveld Memorial Fund (support)

In June 2010, 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 Dawn of the Apocalypse in which I portrayed an anthropomorphized oil spill, I performed puppets in Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft, (a puppet film directed by Tim Lagasse and Martin Robinson), Fudgie’s Death at Blue Gene’s Pub, and Paul McGuiness’ table-top puppetry piece on split focus. While there I also hosted a puppet slam summit with Puppet Slam Network curators from around the country.

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Jackson’s Private Zoo, Austin (screening)

2009-05-01-NHP-program-3up-150dpi 2009 Jackson's Private Zoo Austin Fusebox Not Humanly Possible

My short puppet film, Jackson’s Private Zoo screened on May 1st & 2nd, 2009 at Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX. Jackson’s Private Zoo took the form of a music video that celebrated the relationship between a reclusive pop star and a very special monkey. The screening was part of the Not Humanly Possible program  curated by Jean Marie Keevins  at the Fusebox Festival.

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Bottle Stopper Project (puppets on film)

On June 14th, 2008, The Bottle Stopper Project premiered during at the 2008 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut.

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New Technologies in Puppetry: I-MAG (paper)

There have been many exciting developments integrating new technologies with puppetry – from the machinima’s live manipulation and rendering of three-dimensional graphics found in the virtual puppetry of the Jim Henson Company’s Meet the Skrumps, to advances in robotics, like wireless servos responsible for the facial expressions of the puppets in Team America. Audiences have witnessed the combination of video and puppetry in the development of video ventriloquism (central in Evan O’Television’s cabaret acts), the use of video Foley tables in Cynthia Hopkins Accidental Nostalgia and most popularly, the use of live feeds, otherwise known as “I-MAG”. In puppetry, I-MAG, an abbreviation for “image magnification”, involves  creating a live feed of all a performance captured with video camera and viewed simultaneously on a monitor or projection screen. In this paper, I will be exploring the use of I-MAG in contemporary puppet theatre – excavating its roots and looking at its evocative range such as uncanny doubling, changes in scale, cinematic effects, economy of space, and a reframing of the proscenium).

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Jackson’s Private Zoo, North Hollywood (screening / performance)

©2005 Marsian De Lellis
©2005 Marsian De Lellis

On February 10th, 2007, I screened my short puppet film, Jackson’s Private Zoo at The California Institute for Abnormal Arts in North Hollywood, Angeles. The screening  was part of the Festival of Mirth – The Love Show – an evening of puppet shows, circus acts, and music, curated by Satanica. For this screening, I performed the live soundtrack with Kate Elouise Mallor.

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The Boston Phoenix (press)

Jackson's Private Zoo, Providence Phoenix, 2006

On August 8th, 2006, The Boston Phoenix covered the Fledgling Festival at Perishable Theatre, which screened my short puppet film, Jackson’s Private Zoo.

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Jackson’s Private Zoo, Providence (Screening)

Jackson's Private Zoo, Fledgling Festival, 2006

On August 3rd, 2006, my short puppet film Jackson’s Private Zoo screened at Perishable Theatre as part of the Fledgling Festival, curated by Peter Deffet. The Fledgling Festival ran from August 3rd-6th and August 10th-16th, 2006.

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Growing Up Linda, Judson Memorial Church, NYC

On May 2nd, 2006, I performed Birthday Trauma, a segment from Growing Up Linda at the Judson Church in New York City.

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PuppetSlam.com – soft launch

Jen Lynn, photo: Doug Wong

On March 9th, 2006 I launched Puppetslam.com, a website that cataloged, connected, supported, and generated awareness for adult evenings of short-form puppetry and what would evolve into the Puppet Slam Network over the next decade.

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