Richard E. Sherwood Award Finalists

The 2017 Sherwood Awards Winners
Hana Kim, Marsian De Lellis, Gina Young at Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, California, 2017, 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)

Marsian-PSN-Slide

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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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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Terry + Taylor Fator Fund (support)

In June 2013, I was the recipient of the Terry and Taylor Fator Fund to attend the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT as part of the National Puppetry Conference. At the conference, I worked with Jim Kroupa on mechanisms, Jim Rose on marionette construction, and on my participant piece, Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust, an excerpt from Object of Her Affection with Sharon Challenger.

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Alumni Travel Fund (support)

In June 2013, I was the recipient of the Alumni Travel Fund to attend the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT as part of the National Puppetry Conference. At the conference, I worked with Jim Kroupa on mechanisms, Jim Rose on marionette construction, and on my participant piece, Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust, an excerpt from Object of Her Affection with Sharon Challenger.

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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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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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