Puppetry

All Species Virtual Puppet Parade on Earth Day

April 2020

I created a spirit of the prairie nature spirit puppet for Earth Day to be part of the All Species Virtual Puppet Parade.

Prairie grasslands are now considered North America’s most endangered ecosystem.
Many species of animals, such as birds, butterflies, insects, reptiles, and other wildlife depend on prairies for their survival.   Established prairies have deep, rich soil that is a dense tangle of roots. Some prairie put out roots that extend 12 feet below the surface. Some of the roots die each year, allowing large quantities of organic matter to be added to the soil as they decompose, creating rich and fertile soil. The roots also act as pathways for water to enter the soil to recharge the ground water tables and as a water filtration system, cleaning water as it passes underground.  The loss of prairies to agricultural conversion, urbanization, and inadequate management is damaging habitat and putting wildlife at risk.

Live Aloha:  Puppets 4 Peace! 

Jan. 2019

img_3422I had a really magical time in Hilo, Hawaii  with the community-oriented artists collective, The New Alchemists, in partnership with Full Life Hawaii and the East Hawaii Cultural Center.  The Live Aloha Festival brought art, joy, celebration, and social justice to the community of Hilo from January 11-12.  I  facilitated puppet building workshops at the East Hawaii Cultural Center and the Hilo Public Library.  Local artist Lee Michael Walczuk and I facilitated community members in creating giant parade puppets for a Puppets 4 Peace parade in partnership with Full Life Hawaii.

 

 

 

Toto Puppet

Feb. 2018

Here is a Toto puppet I created for the Lawrence Art Center’s production of The Wizard of Oz, in Lawrence, KS.

 

Click here to see a video of the Toto puppet in action!

Here are production photos:

 

 

Trinity Institute Water Justice Puppets

March 25, 2017

Cecilia Roberts and I created a giant Mother Earth Puppet and Lady Liberty Puppet for Water Family Day, an activity-filled exploration of water and climate change issues for kids of all ages, at Saint Pauls Chapel in New York City.

Mother Earth Puppeteer: Chrissie O’Heron

Lady Liberty Puppeteer: Krystal Sobaskie

Special Thanks: Wendy Claire Barrie

 

Nativity Puppets

Dec 24th 2016

Cecilia Roberts and I designed and constructed 18 parade puppets for the family Christmas Eve Service at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City.

Special Thanks to  Wendy Barrie, Charis J. Carmichael Braun, Rebecca Gray Davis, Sarah Elise Hall, Thanasis Konstantinidis, Chrissie O’Heron.

Here is video footage of the service.

The puppets also appeared on the nightly news:  NY1, WABC, and WNYW.

Here are the puppets in the Daily News!

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Here is video footage of the Epiphany service where they used the camel, star, and Magi puppets.

Here are the puppets at Saint Paul’s Chapel, NYC, Christmas Eve, 2018.

 

The Enchanted Realm of René Magritte

August 6-August 20th 2016

Inspired by the work of surrealist painter, Rene Magritte, The Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte featured performance and installation set in an 8 room mansion on Governors Island. Eight playwrights came together to create a beautifully surreal story of love and memory; moving audiences in and out of the various rooms. Magritte’s three panel mural The Enchanted Realm served as the source material for this immersive production created by Exquisite Corpse Company.

Created shadow puppetry, masks, and a giant fish head.

Artist Assistant: Thanasis Konstantinidis

 

Nobodies

December 2014

Part of the 4th Annual Puppet and Poet Lab

Presented by Alphabet Arts

at The Bushwick Starr

Using masks, shadow puppetry, and book pieces, “Nobodies,” is a devised physical theatre piece inspired from Emily Dickinson’s poem, “I am Nobody, Who are you?”

A fantastical, post-apocalyptic exploration of identity, ego, and embracing nobodiness as the key to strength and self identity.

Built and Directed by Lavinia Roberts

Costumes by Tamara Leacock

Sound Design Composed by Nicole Carroll

Performed by

Rebecca Gray Davis, Janice Gerlach, Tess Howsam, Jamie Law, and Melissa Puello.

 

This solo shadow puppet piece was performed at The Sheen Center, Manhattan, NY, in April 2015, as part of “The Struggle of Art and Faith,” an evening of live performance exploring the intersections of art, ritual, and religion.

These shadow puppets were also used in the larger ensemble version of “Nobodies,” with mask and movement, in the 2014 Puppets and Poets Lab at the Bushwick Starr, Brooklyn, NY.

YIKES!

February 2012

I created found object puppetry.

Featuring book and lyrics by Bryony Lavery, music by Gary Yershon, and direction by Tony Graham

Provincetown Playhouse, Manhattan, NY

 

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