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.
On December 11 , 2015, Season 2 of Transparent was released on Amazon Prime. In episode 8 Oscilate, I was a background performer in a yoga class at the LGBT center doing sun salutations alongside Alexandra Billings. In the scene, Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) who is at an interview for a suicide hotline, looks into the window of a the class and spots Davina (Alexandra Billings), her best trans friend, who she’s been feuding with.
On June 8th, 2014 Trish Sie’s short film – Not Alone, which I puppeteered in, was screened for a 2nd time Brooklyn Academy of Music. Not Alone, the official music video for Ben Taylor’s song, follows a lonely sock who searches everywhere for a soulmate.
On October 26th, 2013, Trish Sie’s short film – Not Alone, which I puppeteered in, had it’s premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Not Alone, the official music video for Ben Taylor’s song, follows a lonely sock who searches everywhere for a soulmate.
I designed and fabricated an operational ventriloquist dummy and a doll for the sports comedy reality pilot, That EFFN Show, shot on September 15th, 2013. The ventriloquist dummy was supposed to be in the likeness of Peyton Manning as Frankenstein, while the prop doll was made to resemble, one of the hosts, comedian Sean O’Conner in the style of Chuckie, the protagonist from the Child’s Play franchise. Continue reading “That EFFN Show (puppet + doll design)”→
In March 7th 2013 I started as the shopper, craft service provider, and performed some light puppet building for project coordinator, Christine Papalexis at Pat Brymer Studios for the Teddy Bears Honda Pilot commercial which aired the following September .
In the Spring of 2012 I was elected to the Board of Directors for UNIMA-USA. My term ran from July 2012- August 2015. While on the Board, I served as Secretary and the inaugural Social Media chair. 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.
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.