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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Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death, Winnipeg (performance)

L: Photo: K. Basta, R: Puppet Apocalypse poster
L: Photo: K. Basta, R: Puppet Apocalypse poster

On July 5th, 2010, I performed Fudgie’s Death at the at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg for Puppet Apocalypse, Winnipeg Puppet Collective’s innaugural puppet slam. Fudgie’s Death was a neo-noir segment from Growing Up Linda in which the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past. In Fudgie’s Death, I transformed table-top pop-up books into full-screen cinema.

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Brooklyn Independant Television (interview)

On July 1st, 2010, I  was interviewed on Brooklyn Independant Television (BIT)’s Neighborhood Beat series by Kecia Elan Cole. In the segment, Your passport to Brooklyn, I was interviewed about Fudgie’s Death, which I was performing at St. Ann’s Warehouse for the Great Small Works’ Toy Theatre Festival. Fudgie’s Death was a segment of Growing Up Linda in which the troubled daughter of an ice cream mogul spirals downward into frosting, substance abuse, and Fudgie the Whale.

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Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death, Waterford, CT (performance)

Marsian De Lellis, Liz Hara, 2010
Marsian De Lellis, Liz Hara, 2010

On Wednesday, June 16th, 2010, I performed Fudgie’s Death,  at Blue Gene’s Pub during the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, assisted by Liz Hara.  Fudgie’s Death, a short segment from Growing Up Linda, is a neo-noir tale of depravity centered on the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul, who must come to terms with her troubled past.

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Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death, Brooklyn (performance)

2010 (L to R) Photo: K. Basta, Poster: Great Small Works
2010 (L to R) Photo: K. Basta, Poster: Great Small Works

On June 9th and June 10th, 2010, I peformed Fudgie’s Death at St. Ann’s Warehouse as part of Program #3 in the Great Small Works 9th International Toy Theater Festival. Fudgie’s Death is a neo-noir segment from Growing Up Linda in which the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past. In Fudgie’s Death, I transform table-top pop-up books into full-screen cinema.

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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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Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death, Orlando Fringe (Performance)

2010, Photo: K. Basta
2010, Photo: K. Basta

On May 24th, 2010,  I performed Fudgie’s Death at the Orlando Fringe Festival. Fudgie’s Death was a neo-noir segment from Growing Up Linda in which the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past. In Fudgie’s Death, I transformed table-top pop-up books into full-screen cinema. There were 3 Shows between May 24th, 2010 – May 28th, 2010.

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Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death, Chicago (performance)

 

On May 7th through May 9th, 2010, I performed Fudgie’s Death at Links Hall in Chicago as part of Banners and Cranks: A Festival of Cantastoria, curated by Clare Dolan and Dave Buchen. Fudgie’s Death is a neo-noir segment from Growing Up Linda in which the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past. In Fudgie’s Death, I transform table-top pop-up books into full-screen cinema.

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Bride of Wildenstein – Stuffed & Mounted, NYC (performance)

On Friday, September 25th, 2009, I performed Stuffed and Mounted, the opening duet from Bride of Wildenstein –  the Musical at the Tank in New York City. In Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband. The performances were part of Puppet Pandemic, a showcase of work developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as part of The National Puppetry Conference. Proceeds went to fund the Alumni Scholarship.

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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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