This is what’s happening!
I’m cruising out of the darkness into vast expanses of the bright unknown!
(Probably the last weekend in February, details TBA) at the Last Summer Street Dinner Theater Cabaret. My old friend Erik Ruin and his warehouse space are saying goodbye with one last show-stopper of a show.
March 10th at 9pm at AS220′s Black Box. I’m performing a new short work as part of this CRANKIE FESTIVAL- with anna & elizabeth, laura brown lavoie, fay strongin and more!
Right now I’m cooking on some ideas for these (and other!) new clown and crankie shows. I’m creating a puppet show with a group of 30 first graders in Providence and prepping for a series of shadow puppet workshops with high school students in Coventry. Every Friday morning I’m co-facilitating a civic reflection series, for AmeriCorps members, called Justice Talks, which encourages participants to explore issues of service, social justice, and civic engagement. I’m taking long walks and eating big lunches. I’m getting the ball rolling to convene a conversation about how to disseminate leadership among other artists and activists in organizing the next PRONK parade…
And, after two years of building, writing, editing, and touring Lava Fossil, I’m tucking all those suitcases in the basement in case that show needs to come out again, down the line.
I was interviewed this fall, for a piece about it and me in Rhode Island Monthly.
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. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. Check out these reviews of a recent run of Lava Fossil: Boston Globe and Edge Boston
I performed it this fall at Brown University’s Granoff Center, as part of The First Person Arts Festival in Philly, and as part of UConn’s Ballard Institute of Puppetry Performance Series. This summer I performed Lava Fossil as part of a Sleeping Weazel festival at The Boston Center for the Arts as well as at the Providence Fringe Festival. The summer before last, I performed a much shorter version of the show at The Great Small Works 10th International Toy Theater Festival at St. Ann’s Warehouse in NYC, Gabfestry in Machias, Maine. As well as at Hospice’s Camp Braveheart and The SWN Symposium at URI’s Oceanography School (held in honor of my dad.)
THIS IS (SOME OF) WHAT ELSE HAPPENED THIS year:
PRONK! PARADE With support from a grant I received from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, I helped organize the 7th annual PRONK parade, which took place as part of the PRONK Activist Street Band Festival on Oct. 13th at India Point Park. I worked with about a dozen activist and community groups to either lead workshops or link them them up with other artists to create visual spectaculah to march with at the parade. Then the groups kept the art to use in future organizing and demonstrations. Join us next year for this cacophonous disruption of “Columbus Day.”
THE Corrugated Community
For two hot weeks in August, I led a team of 6 high school students, one assistant and a mentor from New Urban Arts through an intensive cardboard construction project. With funds from Pop-Up Providence, we built cardboard structures for kids to play in and draw on in parks around the city and then hosted a series of performances and workshops in our cardboard town square each afternoon. We engaged in rigorous discussion of public space, how to build for and deal with hordes of children, and the frustrating mechanics of crafting sturdy but collapsible cardboard structures.
On March 14-16 I was part of a uniquely collaborative full-length performance combining projections, dance, puppetry, theater and music on the theme of dissolving borderlines (between people, nations, life and death, etc.). It featured a “dream team” of local/national artists including: Sophie Wood (The Royal Frog Ballet, Western Mass), Eternal Cult (Minneapolis), Rick Burkhardt, and Chrissy Wolpert & the Assembly of Light Choir. It was accompanied by an amazing live band directed by Dan Schleifer of The What Cheer? Brigade. I made a clown act about the body breaking down. Flesh suit curtesy of Kristina Brown. Photos of the whole shabang here (by Jori Ketten). And a video here.
In The Works…. Attended Baggage
I’m still in the early stages of creating a suitcase-theater performance project, slated to debut in 2016. 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 Fellowship at New Urban Arts
I have completed my 2nd year of this awesome Fellowship position. In my role as a Fellow I supported artist mentors, shared artwork and ideas about community arts practice, and worked as an artist-in-residence at this incredible place. My relationship with New Urban Arts is sure to continue and grow in new ways. Thanks to all of you who welcomed me into the fold, helped me papermache for days on end, shared your ideas, questions, elbow grease and courageous spirits with me. I’m inspired!