CalArts, MFA (education)

Growing Up Linda, design, ©2007 Marsian De Lellis
Growing Up Linda, design, ©2007 Marsian De Lellis

On May 15th, 2009 I earned my MFA degree from California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) in Scenic Design in the Puppetry track from the Theater School and the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts. I attended CalArts between 2006-2009 under the mentorship of Janie Geiser and Susan Simpson and developed two major productions, Growing Up Linda and Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical,.

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Edinburgh Fringe Website, Online Review

Alanna Blair, 2008, Photo: Steve Gunther
Alanna Blair, 2008, Photo: Steve Gunther

From an Edinburgh Fringe Website online Reviewer:

Five Stars – Great show! ‘Growing up Linda’ is one of my favourites, of this years Fringe so far. I spent the first few minutes slightly baffled and slightly amused but worried that the show might turn out to be pretentious. How wrong I was! The acting is great, the script is sharp and the use of multimedia is fantastic. The video and the puppets always add to the show – they are never used as a device to detract from a weak script (something I noticed in a couple of multimedia shows last year). The show made me think, it unsettled me and it was well worth a trip to the bottom of the Royal Mile!

The Scotsman (review)

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A review by Malcolm Jack in the Scotsman, characterized Growing Up Linda’run at  the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe as “colorful, elaborate, nightmarish”.

 

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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CalArts – Office of the President (support)

In 2008, I was the recipient of funding from the Office of the President at California Institute for the Arts for the workshop of  Growing Up Linda at CalArts and the premiere at Venue 13 in Edinburgh. 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. Continue reading “CalArts – Office of the President (support)”

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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Interdisciplinary Project Grant – 2008 (support)

In 2008, I was the recipient of an Interdisciplinary Grant from the California Institute of Arts for the workshop of  Growing Up Linda at CalArts and the premiere at Venue 13 in Edinburgh. 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. Interdisciplinary Project Grants, administered through the Office of the Provost at CalArts support projects with a significant interdisciplinary element.

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