On January 29, 2018, I was at the ACE Hotel for LA STAGE Alliance’s Ovation Awards as a finalist for Center Theatre Group’s Sherwood Award along with Hana Kim and Gina Young. The Sherwood Award for emerging theatre artists is awarded each year to an innovative and adventurous Los Angeles-based theatre artist of promise.
Today, the Center Theatre Group announced three finalists in the Richard E. Sherwood Award, which included Gina Young and Hana Kim, and myself.
From to June 3rd-10th, 2017, video documentation from my performance, Raggedy Ann to Real Doll was on display at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions as part of Irrational Exhibits 10th Anniversary: Mapping the Divide, curated and produced by Deborah Oliver. In Raggedy Ann to Real Doll, I constructed a storefront operating theater at LACE as one of America’s most beloved dolls went under the knife. I examined how we negotiate our idea of personal identity in an ever-shifting landscape of technologies that can drastically alter and re-map the body. Projected video and the remote voyeurism from a live stream provided multiple onsite and virtual opportunities for spectatorship.
The weekend of October 15th, 2016, I performed The Feeder, a short tabletop puppetry piece about a man on the run after accidentally feeding his wife to death at The Echo Theatre in Portland, OR. There were two shows: Saturday, October 15th and Sunday October 16th as part of Beady Little Eyes Puppet Slam.
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 June 17th, 2016, I presented a private reading of excerpts from Model Killer: Tiny Crimes and Tiny Coverups at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. In Model Killer a disgruntled dollhouse-maker-turned-investigator builds dioramas of unsolved murders, only to be discovered that she is in fact a serial killer. The reading occured at the culmination of the 2016 National Puppetry Conference, where I was mentored by Martin Kettling as part of the writing strand.
The following is a recording of my June 4th Artist Talk at LAMAG with Allison de Fren where we discussed the handmade bodies that populate my work, and the obsessions they animate.
In June 2016, I was the recipient of the Eugene O’Neill Center Alumni Fund to participate in the National Puppetry Conference. While at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, I worked on the script for Model Killer: Giant Crimes and Tiny Cover-Ups as part of the writing strand with mentor, Martin Kettling.
On October 26th, 2015, I performed in Puppet Up! Uncensored for a special private viewing of friends and family on the Charlie Chaplin Sound Stage at the Jim Henson Company Lot in Hollywood, Los Angeles.