My work exhibits my fascination with organic, odd, cultural and interstellar inspiration. Most of my projects focus on increasing awareness about the endless effects of climate change, digital upgrades, feminism and sustainable living. Though my writing and directing styles are versatile, I specialize in social satire, science-fiction, dark comedy and absurdity. For years, I primarily directed plays for storefront theaters around Chicago. Now my unceasing curiosity, ecological investment and fiery passion is showcased as interdisciplinary art - featuring puppetry, comics, mini films, watercolor paintings, soundscapes and experimental performances.
I independently produce one-woman puppet shows as well as collaborate with other Puppeteers from around the world. Three of my favorite showcases have been The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, DragonCon where I performed with Myra Su and Mitch Salm and The Chicago Humanities Festival where I performed with Sea Beast Puppet Co. I've also sold my art and felt creations at pop-up shops hosted at Double Door, Empty Bottle, Underground Art Market & more.
From the fall of 2009 until it's early retirement in spring of 2017, I was the Artistic Conductor of Stand On Your Hands and Clap, a laboratory where I experimented with publishing, puppetry, film and performance art. We pioneer new theater pieces and presented Save the Bees Worx, an zine bringing awareness to the decline of pollinators while providing stimulating, literary adventures. I'm also a proud Guild Member of the Puppeteers of America.
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Lost In Space,
Chicago, IL - June, 2017
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