Live Aloha: Puppets 4 Peace!
I 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.
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
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 are the puppets in the Daily News!
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
Part of the 4th Annual Puppet and Poet Lab
Presented by Alphabet Arts
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
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.
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