I am available to teach at your university, art school, conference, or festival – ranging from a day-long visiting lectures to a semester-lenth courses with one-on-one time for critiques with students.
I have created artist talks geared towards adult audiences at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Bryant University, California Institute for the Arts (CalArts), Calgary Animated Object Society (CAOS), Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore’s Transmodern Festival, and at the University of Connecticut for the Puppetry and Post-Dramatic Performance Conference, Georgia Tech (Atlanta), Concordia University (St. Paul), Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (New London), Winnipeg Puppet Collective. Additionally, I have been a teaching artist-in-residence in public schools including Oakland Beach Elementary and Calcutt Middle School (both in Rhode Island).
How does fantasy fuel the way we interact and perform with objects in our daily lives? Why do some people fall in love with objects or end up marrying the Eifel tower? Where do sex toys and animism intersect? In Object/Fetish, we examine the underpinnings of the suspension of disbelief and how objects are and can be fetishized in everyday life.
This artist talk focuses on my body of work and experience as an interdisciplinary artist and writer who constructs visual narratives and installations.
Performing the Problemagic (New)
a performance-based studio class – description and curriculum under development
Constructing Beauty and Terror (New)
a hands on studio class – description and curriculum under development
In The New American Vaudeville, I contextualized underground world of contemporary short-form puppet and object theater for adult audiences through my position as co-founder and coordinator of the Puppet Slam Network for the decade from 2005 to 2016.
I made frequent appearances as a public advocate for legislation banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in Massachusetts public schools. I will update this page with archived media appearances from Oprah to the New York Times.