FOF #1504 – Trends + Predictions for 2012, Chicago (interview)

On January 13th, 2012, I appeared on Feast of Fun, a Chicago-based LGBTQ comedy podcast.  On show #1504 – Trends and Predictions for 2012I spoke with Fausto Ferños and Marc Felion about my predictions for 2012.

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Wake Up Your Weird, Walnutt Creek (puppeteer, theatre)

On Friday, September 30th, 2011, Leslie Carrara-Rupdolph’s Wake Up Your Weird opened at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnutt Creek, CA.  I was the assistant puppeteer in Weird, in which Lolly Lardpop, a candy-obsessed five year old must deal with her feelings about being bullied out of a play-date.

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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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Web of Mystery, Los Angeles (performance)

2011, Photo: Paula Sjunneson
2011, Photo: Paula Sjunneson

On July 9th and 10th, 2011,  I performed Web of Mystery at Rachel Rosenthal Company in Culver City, Los Angeles. In Web of Mystery, a spider dances with it’s puppeteers before overtaking one of them. Melissa Dunphy composed original music.

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Puppet Cabaret, Storrs (host)

Vanessa Gilbert, Great Small Works, Marsian, 2011, Photos: Mark Dannenhauer
Vanessa Gilbert, Great Small Works, Marsian De Lellis, 2011, Photos: Mark Dannenhauer

On April 2nd, 2011, I hosted a puppet cabaret at the Nafe Katter Theatre with long-time Blood from a Turnip collaborator, Vanessa Gilbert. The line up included short-form puppet acts from Great Small Works, Big Nazo, Michael Sommers, and Kate Brehm. The cabaret was part of Puppetry and Post Dramatic Performance: An International Conference on Performing Objects in the 21st Century at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

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Rachel Rosenthal Co. (education / support)

with Rachel Rosenthal and Josue Martinez at Rachel Rosenthal Company, 2010, photos: Ann Yatco, Josue Martinez
Marsian De Lellis, Rachel Rosenthal, and Josue Martinez at, 2010, photos: Ann Yatco, Josue Martinez

In 2010, I was the recipient of an Emerging Artist Scholarship to study with pioneering performance artist, Rachel Rosenthal and her DbD (Doing by Doing) performance improvisation technique at the Rachel Rosenthal Company in Culver City, Los Angeles. The workshop ran from September 10th – September 12th, 2010. The Emerging Artist Scholarship was made possible in part with funding from Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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LA County Arts (support)

2011, Photo: Paula Sjunneson
2011, Photo: Paula Sjunneson

In September 2010, I was the recipient funding from LA County Arts Commission which enabled me to  work with Rachel Rosenthal and Company in both her DbD (Doing by Doing) weekend workshop in September 2010 and her  8-week class in May 2011, where I developed Web of Mystery.

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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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FOF #1013 – Stonewall Michael Jackson, Chicago (interview)

RIPsters - Michael Jackson, June 25, 2009
RIPster, June 25, 2009

On June 26th, 2009, I appeared on Feast of Fun, a Chicago-based LGBTQ comedy podcast.  On show #1013 – Stonewall Michael Jackson, I spoke with Fausto Ferños and Marc Felion about the demise of Michael Jackson and why eccentric public figures are hated and celebrated at the same time.

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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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