Thank you to all of the organizations who have supported my educational endeavors with scholarships – CalArts, SAIC, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, CCI, LA County Arts Commission, Puppeteers of America, Connecticut Guild of Puppetry, Los Angeles Puppetry Guild, UNIMA-USA, and the  Atlantic Center for the Arts


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California Institute for the Arts

Ahmason Foundation Scholarship 2006-2009
Theater School Special Project Fund 2009
Funding from Student Council 2009
Interdisciplinary Project Grant 2008
Funding from the Office of The President 2008
Interdisciplinary Project Grant 2008

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Merit Scholarship 1994-1996

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Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

The mission of the O’Neill’s National Puppetry Conference is to encourage puppet artists to create and communicate through the visual and kinetic form of the puppet, to push beyond their personal boundaries, and develop new works for puppet theater. Participants collaborate with renowned guest directors, puppet artists, and playwrights to develop innovative productions conceived by guest artists, as well as presentations initiated by the Conference participants.

For eight days each summer, puppet artists have the opportunity to explore various performance styles through rehearsals and workshops on writing, music, marionettes, and more. Puppet artists also have the option to gather before the main conference for three days of intensive workshops. The main conference culminates with two public performances, featuring new works which explore the extraordinary range and power of the puppet.


Center for Cultural Innovation

Founded in 2001, the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI)’s mission is to promote knowledge sharing, networking and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing business training, grants, and incubating innovative projects that create new program knowledge, tools and practices for artists in the field. This was the 2nd CCI Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grant I received for professional development. The CCI workshops were:

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Los Angeles County Arts Commission

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County, encompassing 88 municipalities and 137 unincorporated areas, and provides leadership in cultural services. The Arts Commission funds 364 nonprofit arts organizations through a two-year $9 million grant program, runs the largest arts internship program in the country, coordinates the LA County Arts Education Collective, manages the County’s civic art policy, and produces free community programs.


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Puppeteers of America

The Puppeteers of America is a national non-profit organization founded in 1937 to provide information, encourage performances, and build a community of people who celebrate puppet theatre. Puppeteers of America has produced over 160 national and regional festivals to celebrate and share the art of puppetry. The organization publishes the quarterly magazine, The Puppetry Journal. Founded in 1949, The Puppetry Journal provides a continuing chronicle of contemporary puppetry.

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Connecticut Guild of Puppetry

The Connecticut Guild of Puppetry’s mission is to provide a meeting place and forum where people with an interest and love of the art form may share knowledge, ideas, trends, and creative endeavors. It is the intent of the Guild to encourage the raising of standards of the art of puppetry; to foster an awareness in the general public of the magic, wonder, and power of the puppet; and to encourage the use of puppetry as an educational tool.

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Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry

Created in 1956, the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry is an association of puppetry professionals, amateurs, enthusiasts and educators dedicated to sharing, promoting and advancing the art of puppetry throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. All you need to join is an interest in puppetry!

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UNIMA-USA  is the North American Center of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the oldest international theatre organization in the world. UNIMA-USA’s mission is to promote international understanding and friendship through the art of puppetry. Founded in 1929, Union Internationale de la Marionnette is an organization in which all those people in the world concerned with the Art of the Puppet Theatre associate voluntarily in order to serve through their art the idea of peace and of mutual understanding without distinction as to race, political ideas or religion.


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Atlantic Center for the Arts

Founded in in 1977 by Doris Leeper, an internationally known sculptor and painter, as well as a visionary environmentalist, the Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) is a non-profit multidisciplinary artist residency facility located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. ACA’s main campus is set on eleven lush acres of land, on the edge of Turnbull Bay. While the facilities, including the Pabst Visitors Center and Gallery are easily accessible to the public, the residency program and Leeper Studio Complex are also set back from neighborhoods and main roads, allowing artists in-residence the necessary privacy to work uninterrupted. The environment of the campus is rich in species of flora and fauna, and the architecture of the complex is built to blend and interact in this natural environment.