From 2006 – 2010, I curated three evenings of Puppets from the Edge, featuring short-form puppetry for adults from a mixture of Central Florida and national puppet artists who were a part of the Orlando Puppet Festival.
For the 2010 edition, I curated and hosted with Hannah Miller at the Gallery at Avalon Island in downtown Orlando. The Gallery at Avalon Island is a contemporary art space that hosts exhibitions for established artists, literary and film events, and musical performances.
For the 2007 edition, I curated and organized remotely from Los Angeles, while I was in grad school at CalArts. The 2007 edition took place at Mad Cow Theatre in downtown Orlando.
For the 2006 Puppets from the Edge, I curated and hosted with Heather Henson at at Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando. The lineup included Harmony McChesney and Gary Alexander with Medea, Mark Baratelli, Wavy Davy, Shitty Bedford and Kevin Huey, Tom Blasco, James Donmoyer and Scotty Shoemaker, Elaine Corbitt, and Omnipresent Toychest.
The Orlando Puppet Festival brought puppetry to the forefront in Orlando and the Central Florida area, exposing audiences to local, regional and national talent to the art of puppetry.
Ibex Puppetry (sponsor of the Orlando Puppet Festival) was a small entertainment company dedicated to promoting the fine art of puppetry in all of its mediums. Founded in 2000 by Heather Henson, Ibex developed work for film, stage, gallery exhibits, workshops primarily in the fields of puppetry and animation. The Puppet Slam Network, a project of Ibex Puppetry aimed to catalogue, connect, support, and raise awareness for independently produced puppet slams.