- I had the honor to perform in the Chicago Humanities Festival with one of my favorite puppet troops in the Chicagoland area, Sea Beast Puppet Co. It was a pleasure to perform alongside puppeteers who I admire so much, and inspire me in endless ways to expand my puppet construction & performance techniques. Not only am I learning a ton about shadow puppetry, but I was pleased as punch to finally find an opportunity to perform with Maggie O'Keefe.
- Saw two monumental puppet shows: The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer by Tim Watts and Constance and the Perpetual Motion Machine by Rough House Theater. These shows caused a puppet-know-how evolution to occur, and to both parties I am grateful.
- I volunteered at C.A.K.E. this year and had the divine privileged of cutting the cake at C.A.K.E.!
- Finally formatting Issues III & IV of Save the Bees Worx, along with updating the site. I'm hoping those will be printed by the end of the month.
- Have set up an itinerary to photograph all of my recent work: puppets, watercolor paintings and piñatas. I hope to have those up on the site next month.
- I've been invited to showcase at some neat pop-up shops, and hope my schedule will allow me some wiggle room to squeeze at least one art show in this summer! Because I've got other priorities to keep me busy:
- Saving the best for last-ish, I was recently accepted into the Chicago Free Puppet Lab, presented by Nasty, Brutish, and Short. It's a month-long seminar of workshops, field trips and more! This is going to skyrocket my puppet knowledge and experience into another dimension - which is perfect timing because...
- THE ABBIE HOFFMAN DIED FOR OUR SINS THEATRE FESTIVAL XXVI produced by Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. is on it's way! August 15, 16 and 17th this year! Back at Angel Island! This year my play will be But It's Supposed To Be My Day Off; a puppet show exhibiting why kids and iPhones annoy me. My sidekick Sean Dolan will be joining me on this project again, muhahaha.
My long-term plans are exciting as hell and can't wait to spill the beans as soon as more details are confirmed.