A decade of the Puppet Slam Network (curatorial)

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On September 2nd, 2016, I finished my tenure at the Puppet Slam Network (PSN), which I co-founded in 2005 with Heather Henson and through support from her production company, Ibex Puppetry.  As PSN coordinator for just over a decade, my work focused on cataloguing, connecting, supporting, and generating awareness for evenings of short-form puppetry for adults.  

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Model Killer – 2016, Waterford, CT (private reading)

Model Killer

On June 17th, 2016, I presented a private reading of excerpts from Model Killer: Tiny Crimes and Tiny Coverups at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. In Model Killer a disgruntled dollhouse-maker-turned-investigator builds dioramas of unsolved murders, only to be discovered that she is in fact a serial killer. The reading occured at the culmination of the 2016 National Puppetry Conference, where I was mentored by Martin Kettling as part of the writing strand.

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Object of Her Affection, Automata LA (full reading)

Marsian De Lellis, 2013, Photo: Gina Marie Napolitan
Marsian De Lellis, 2013, Photo: Gina Marie Napolitan

On August 11th, 2013,  Automata hosted a private reading of my script, Object of Her Affection, for invited guests. Object of Her Affection is centered on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.

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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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Object of Her Affection – Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust, Automata, LA (reading)

Strauss, 2013, ©Marsian De Lellis
Strauss, 2013, ©Marsian De Lellis

On Friday November 30th and Saturday December 1st, 2012,  I presented a reading of Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust, an excerpt from Object of Her Affection at Automata in Los Angeles. In Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust, a woman who desires intimate relationships with inanimate objects discovers that the bridge she has come to love has been cheating on her.

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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 (blog)

On September 2011 – I began a series of informational blog posts on the Puppet Slam Network website that addressed topics related to organizing evenings of short-form puppetry and object theatre for adults. Topics included: the significance of puppet slams, puppet slam history, the future of slams, sources of inspiration, working with a fiscal recipient, learning from fabulous failures,  advice on hosting and performing in slams, self promotion, and how to get the most out of the Puppet Slam Network.

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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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Feast of Fun – Glossary of Tips & Trends for 2011 (guest blog)

2009, Photo: Marsian De Lellis
2009, Photo: Marsian De Lellis

On January 28th, 2011, I guest blogged for Feast of Fun,  a Chicago-based LGBTQ comedy podcast and website hosted by Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion. I wrote Marsian’s Glossary of Tips and Trends for 2011 in conjunction with my appearance on Feast of Fun # 1319 – Trends and Predictions for 2011 where I predicted what 2011 would be like by looking at the headlines in 2010 and warping them into the future. Topics included RIPsters, GagaFlauge, pajama-jeans , cash cats and temporary face lifts.

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CJOB, Winnipeg (Puppet Slam Network Press)

On July 7th, 2010, Dan Walechuck appeared on CJOB (Winnipeg) to talk about The Puppet Slam Network and the Winnipeg Puppet Slam, (which I performed in). The Puppet Slam Network, which I co-founded with Heather Henson, 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.  

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