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at the Black Cherry Puppet Theater puppet slam. photo by Dessie Delaplaine

The things I do

Shadow theater & puppetry, consultation, & teaching

Shadow puppetry and Crankie Theater – design, creation, performance, and consultation

Collaborations in dance, theater, film, and music

Workshops for the passionate and the curious: shadow puppetry, giant puppets, paper maché, printmaking, natural-dyeing

Guest lectures about my art and its roots in puppet theater, printmaking, and music

Puppet Slam and Crankie Festival organizing

 

Education and uplifting with

Spiral Q  / Asian Arts Initiative / Fleisher Art Memorial / Camden FireWorks / Burlington County NJ Parks

Community Garden Lead with Fair Amount Food Forest

Scientific illustrator at Pfefferkorn Paleobotany Lab, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, UPenn

Education and Community

 

Greater Philadelphia Area Puppetry Guild,  guild Secretary

National Capital Puppetry Guild, member

 

Puppeteers of America's National Puppetry Festival, 2023 attendee

 

National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, 2021 attendee

Puppeteers of Color Social, member

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Workshops — Shadow Puppetry II with Linda Wingerter

       Crankie Theaters with Myra Su

 

Philadelphia Animation Ensemble, member

University of Connecticut (UConn), Puppetry Arts Certificate — Advanced Shadow Theater with Annie K. Rollins

American Color Print Society, member

Bread & Puppet Theater 2018 Summer apprentice, Grasshopper Rebellion Circus, and Out-of-Joint Hamlet

University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Fine Arts*  

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts**  Certificate Program —  Printmaking Major

Funding

Art is PHL grant

Bartol Foundation Teaching Artist Micro-grant

Illuminate the Arts Grant, distributed by the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, and Philadelphia City Council

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     Call for Penn to pay PILOTS and to invest in wholistic safety measures to ensure the safety and thriving of all people in the Penn community

**     Sadly my alma mater takes consistent administrative actions against creating an equitable, safe environment for its students and teachers.  Like

many early American institutions descended from colonization, its administrative and corporate agenda clearly sustain its history (rather than isolated incidents) of white male supremacy.  I stand with my classmates and faculty against PAFA's absence in appropriately facilitating healing and proactive measures in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and survivors of sexual assault.  I think that it speaks worlds that the most fostering and generous colleagues that I met in school were the ones who were enduring and speaking out against the racism and sexism that they were still not protected against there.  While the full website displaying the student and staff-led call for change at PAFA has since expired, I encourage any curious or thorough friend to read more in the Philly Inquirer and Hyperallergic

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