This is what’s happening!
LAVA FOSSIL: A suitcase theater show about a dad, a crab, a dentist and where things go when they are gone. Plus! The secret life of eel grass, an ash-encrusted visitor from Pompeii, and how to measure grief with a ruler.
With directorial consultation from the always astute Megan Sandberg-Zakian.
I will be performing:
June 14 in Boston (details TBA)
June 15 at 8pm at Building 16 in Providence
June 20 (10pm) and 21 (7pm) at The Great Small Works 10th International Toy Theater Festival at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO, NYC.
June 22 at 7pm at Studio 34 in West Philly.
I’m in the very early stages of creating a solo suitcase-theater performance project, slated to debut in 2015. Using puppetry, clown, storytelling and audience interaction, this project explores notions of dislocation and travel, temporarily transforming train platforms, bus stations and baggage claim terminals into sites of performative inquiry and human exchange. Currently, I’m fundraising, brainstorming and looking for luggage…
A PRESENTATIon/ workshop
July 18, 2013 from 5-7pm at The RISD Museum‘s “Design the Night”.
“The Pangolin Within: Power Animals, Extinction and Symbiosis”
Join me on a quest for your inner power animal. Contribute to an interactive timeline charting the rise and fall of critters- winged, fanged, horned and perhaps disappeared until re-invoked as your beast guide. Plus: an investigation of mutual aid, parasitism, and an assessment of your symbiotic potential. All species welcome.
Last year, at this “Design the Night” event my sister/alter ego Ruth Nibbons, MFA presented a performative lecture on trend-setting in “art-based self-care”, baleen whales, and fringe.
A Fellowship at New Urban Arts
I am finishing up an awesome first year of this 2-year Fellowship position. In my role as a Fellow I support artist mentors, share artwork and ideas about community arts practice, and work as an artist-in-residence at New Urban Arts. One of this year’s highlights was facilitating the creation of a bunch of giant puppets and, with the What Cheer? Brigade to power us along, kicked off NUA’s first ever parade at the Art Party in May.
Photo credit: Christine Healey. See some video of our parade here.
Another highlight was co-curating and participating in our 2013 Series of Conversations on Creative Practice. This is an annual series of public conversations with artists and community practitioners, who share how they integrate creativity into their personal and professional lives. Really great to chew on some big questions with a handful of incredible artists/ humans.
Below and Beyond
A new play about natural gas extraction, urban camouflage, immortal jellyfish, and an underground creek-turned-sewer.
In May of 2012 we took Below and Beyond on East Coast Tour; it was a blast! In 2013 or 2014, we are hoping to take it on tour again, this time around Upstate New York. Learn more about our show HERE and please be in touch if you have any contacts in that region who might want to help us make this tour happen.
BELOW and BEYOND is a performance directed by Donna Sellinger (of The Missoula Oblongata), and created by Beth Nixon (of Ramshackle Enterprises) and Sarah Lowry (also of The Missoula Oblongata), with Matthew Schreiber on accordion and a million other instruments. Inspired by the long-submerged Mill Creek of West Philadelphia, as well as current debate about fracking in Pennsylvania, this original play explores the complications of what lies beneath our feet. Using puppets, pulleys, movement, maps, and the imagination, the performance examines the intricacies of extraction and recognizes a waterway that continues to resurface. Tree house, houseboat and bunker dwellers unite amidst an invasion of urban water buffalo. All this, plus a one-man band!