Richard E. Sherwood Award Finalists

The 2017 Sherwood Awards Winners
The 2017 Sherwood Awards Winners at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Today, the Center Theatre Group announced three finalists in the Richard E. Sherwood Award, which included Gina Young and Hana Kim, and myself.

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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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Anna Sosenko Trust (support)

2014, Photo: Rafael Hernandez + Anna Sosenko Assist Trust logo
2014, Photo: Rafael Hernandez + Anna Sosenko Assist Trust logo

On June 3rd, 2014, I was awarded funding from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust for the Los Angeles workshops of Object of Her Affection at Automata and at REDCAT for the New Original Works Festival.  Object of Her Affection is a solo puppetry and object performance art piece centered on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.  The funds from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust went towards developing the sound design and music.

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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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UNIMA-USA, Board of Directors (organizational)

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photo: Jonny Gomez

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)”

City Paper – 12/14/11, Baltimore (press)

City Paper, 2011

On December 14, 2011, Baltimore’s City Paper included me in their Top Ten – The Year In Art, characterizing my work at the Transmodern Festival as “..a whole slew of WTF”.

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

On Friday, April 29th, 2011, I performed Fudgie’s Death, a short segment from Growing Up Linda at 14Karat Cabaret during the Transmodern Festival as part of Travesty at Hand:  an evening of poupées, toupees and dummies. Baltimore’s New Urbanite described the performance as “eccentric adult puppetry that oscillates between adorable, abject, campy, and earnest”.

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Artist Talk, Baltimore (talk)

Artist Talk, Baltimore 2011
Artist Talk, Baltimore 2011

On April 27 8-10pm, I presented my Artist Talk at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore for Valeska Populoh’s graduating class in the Fiber Department. While at MICA I spoke about performances like Growing Up Linda and Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical.

This artist talk was made in conjunction with my performance, Fudgie’s Death at the 14Karat Cabaret  and my presentation Object/Fetish at a salon/art party in the H&H Arts Building as part of the 2011 Transmodern Festival.

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