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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Transparent, Amazon (background performer)

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.

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Not Alone, 2014 Brooklyn (puppets on film)

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.

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Not Alone, Brooklyn (puppets on film)

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.

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That EFFN Show (puppet + doll design)

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)”

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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UNIMA-USA, Board of Directors (organizational)

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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.

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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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