A decade of the Puppet Slam Network

Jen Lynn, photo: Doug Wong

On September 2nd, 2016, I finished my tenure at the Puppet Slam Network (PSN), which I co-founded in 2005 with Heather Henson through support from her production company, Ibex Puppetry.  

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Portland Press Herald, (Puppet Slam Network)

On January 28th, 2013, The Portland Press Herald briefly covered my work with the Puppet Slam Network as part of a larger story on Blainor McGough, curator of King Friday’s Dungeon in Portland, ME.

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The Puppetry Journal (Press)

In the Spring of 2012, The Puppetry Journal ran a substantive cover story on the world of puppet slams, featuring my work as co-founder of The Puppet Slam Network and my interviews with puppet slam artists. The Puppet Slam Network fostered connections for independently produced puppet cabarets, so that puppet artists knew where they could perform, venues could find puppet artists, and audiences could enjoy an intimate, tactile, and compelling form of entertainment.   Continue reading “The Puppetry Journal (Press)”

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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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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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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Bride of Wildenstein, Atlanta

Bride of Wildenstein, Atlanta, 2009

On July 17th, 2009, at Georgia Tech I performed “Pump that Pussy”, an excerpt from Bride of Wildenstein –  the Musical, in which an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture her philandering game hunter husband’s attention. 

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Puppet Slam Nation, St. Paul, MN (panel)

On July 20th, 2007 I presented Puppet Slam Nation, a version of  The New American Vaudeville, as a workshop with Heather Henson at Condordia University as part of the National Puppetry Festival.  I contextualized evenings of short-form puppet and object theater for adult audiences in intimate settings. Puppet Slam Nation was also an opportunity for puppet slam curators and artists from around the country to exchange information and ideas.  Continue reading “Puppet Slam Nation, St. Paul, MN (panel)”

Emma Louise Warfield Memorial (support)

In July 2007, I was awarded the Emma Louise Warfield Memorial Scholarship to attend the National Puppetry Festival in St. Paul, MN.  While at the festival I hosted Puppet Slam Nation at Concordia University, a version of my New American Vaudeville presentation for the Puppet Slam Network.

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