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When Teachers Are Heroes

Yesterday I woke up to news that my high school art teacher had died. He was loving, kind, generous, and sassy. He introduced me to artists and movements. He helped me get through a transitional period and into art school. He helped a lot of people survive and become who they are today. He made life more worth living.

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Puppetry Journal – review of “Object of Her Affection”

Object of Her Affection, photo Kelly Stuart

In April, The Puppetry Journal printed a review of Object of Her Affection by Marissa Fenley as part of its coverage of the Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival.

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American Puppet Theater Today, Galerie d’Outremont Montréal

March 3rd to April 3rd, 2022, a photograph from a workshop of Model Killer: Giant Crimes + Tiny Cover-ups is part of the exhibition, American Puppet Theater Today: The Photography of Richard Termine presented by the Jim Henson Foundation. American Puppet Theater Today is one of two exhibitions presented in parallel at Galerie Outremont as part of the Festival de Casteliers in Montréal. The companion exhibit, The Art of Basil Twist is presented by Tandem Otter Productions.

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Object of Her Affection, Ann Boland Review

In a review of Object of Her Affection at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, Ann Boland wrote on her blog, that the performance was “weird, amazing, funny, endearing, way over-the-top”.

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Object of Her Affection – Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

photo: Kelly Stuart

January 27 – 29th, 2020 I performed Object of Her Affection at Links Hall as part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Object of Her Affection is a solo object and puppet-based performance art piece centered on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.

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Staging the Non-Human Character: Animal, Alien, or Architecture (Symposium / Streaming)

Saturday, January 22, 2022, I discussed the creation and development of Object of Her Affection at a symposium, Staging the Non-Human Character; Animal, Alien, or Architecture with Maria Camia, Nick Lehane, Basil Twist, and moderator, Dr. Paulette Richards. The symposium, part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival streamed at on HowlRound.

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Object of Her Affection, Puppetry Journal

The Fall 2021 Edition of The Puppetry Journal profiled the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, including Object of Her Affection, which performed as part of the festival.

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Object of Her Affection, Chicago Tribune

On December 30, 2021, The Chicago Tribune covered the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival where I performed Object of Her Affection, a puppet and object-based performance art piece in which a woman develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects. While in Chicago, I also presented at the symposium, Staging the Non-Human Character: Animal, Alien, or Architecture.

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