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 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.
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.
On April 2nd, 2011, I presented The New American Vaudeville: The Puppet Slam Network, at Puppetry and Postdramatic Performance – an International Conference on Performing Objects in the 21st Century hosted by the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. In The New American Vaudeville I contextualized growing field of puppet slams – evenings of short-form puppet and object theater for adult audiences. The presentation was informed by my position as co-founder of the Puppet Slam Network which ran from 2005 to 2016.
In the “The North American Puppet Slam Scene in 2010”, I was interviewed by Teresa Smalec for Puppetry International on my work as a curator of short-form puppetry for adults and in my role as co-founder of the Puppet Slam Network.
On Saturday, December 4th, 2010, I performed Fudgie’s Death, at Theater at Avalon Island as part of Puppets from the Edge. Produced by Ibex Puppetry, Puppets from The Edge was evening of short form puppetry for adults, which I curated and hosted with Hannah Miller during the 2010 Orlando Puppet Festival.
On December 2nd, 2010, I appeared on Film Snobbery, hosted by Nic Baisley, with guests Sean Keohane from Pinnochio’s Marionette Theater and Heather Henson, founder of Ibex Puppetry. We had a lively conversation about how the power of puppetry has flourished in recent years.
On Friday, November 5th, 2010, I performed David Bowie’s onscreen role of Jared, the Goblin King in Goblin Party Interactive – a theatrical screening of Jim Henson’s dark musical fantasy film, Labyrinth. Ibex Puppetry presented Goblin Party Interactive in a similar format of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with live actors performing in front of the screen, audience costumes and participation, and with the added touch of puppetry and indoor kites. The performance was part of a special late-night screening of Labyrinth at the Orlando Film Festival at the Plaza Cinema Cafe Theater 7.