The Curious Life and Mysterious Death of Pippin Roe (update)

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1994, Pippin Roe

On July 19th 2014, I learned that my longtime friend, artist, and collaborator, Pippin Roe, had died.  Weeks later, I was again hit with shocking news that Pippin’s death was likely the result of murder.  The following January, a reporter writing a piece on Pippin contacted me through social media.  At first I was skeptical, but it wasn’t long before I realized she was diligent digging through hard-to-find clues on a case that had been largely ignored by the media and didn’t seem like a priority for authorities. The story, publish on January 22, 2015, went beyond tragic circumstances surrounding Pippin’s death, speaking to her life and artistic work – much of which was featured in the article.

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Growing Up Linda, Avalon Gallery, Orlando

On Saturday, December 4th, 2010, I performed Fudgie’s Death, a segment of Growing Up Linda at Avalon Gallery. 

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Puppets from The Edge 2010, Orlando (curatorial)

On Saturday, December 4th, 2010, I curated and hosted Puppets from the Edge with puppet artist, Hannah Miller at the Gallery at Avalon Island in downtown Orlando. Puppets from The Edge was an evening of short form puppetry for adults, during the 2010 Orlando Puppet Festival.

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Growing Up Linda, Orlando Fringe

2010, Photo: K. Basta
2010, Photo: K. Basta

In May, 2010,  I performed Fudgie’s Death, a section of Growing Up Linda at the Orlando Fringe Festival. 

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89.9FM WUCF, Orlando (interview)

In 2009 Katie Ball interviewed me for her show, “Art Beat”, on WUCF. “Art Beat” aired in Orlando where I was staging Bride of Wildenstein – the Musical.

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Durfee Foundation (support)

On October 1st, 2009, I was the recipient of a Third Quarter 2009 ARC (Artist Resource for Completion) Grant from the Durfee Foundation for performances Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical at the Velaslavaysay Panorama.

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Bride of Wildenstein, Atlanta

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Bride of Wildenstein, Atlanta, 2009

On July 17th, 2009, at Georgia Tech I performed “Pump that Pussy”, an excerpt from Bride of Wildenstein –  the Musical, in which an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture her philandering game hunter husband’s attention. 

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Bride of Wildenstein, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford

photo: Richard Termine

On Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th, 2009 I performed excerpts from Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT.  

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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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CalArts – Student Council (support)

In March 2009, I was the recipient of funding from the Student Council at California Institute for the Arts for my workshop production of Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical. In Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband.

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