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MAJOR PROJECTS

Model Killer: Tiny Crimes and Tiny Coverups 2017-present
Workshop: Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)

Raggedy Ann To Real Doll 2016
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles)

(In)/Animate Objects(In)/Animate Objects 2016
COLA Fellowship Exhibition (Los Angeles) Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Object of Her Affection 2012-present
Premiere:
Automata (Los Angeles) forthcoming 
Workshops:
Automata (Los Angeles), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT), Bootleg (Los Angeles)

Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical  2009-2010
Velaslavasay Panorama (Los Angeles), New Orleans Fringe (New Orleans), Avalon Island (Orlando), Cameo (Orlando)
Excerpts: REDCAT (Los Angeles), The Tank (New York), PLOP (Olympia), Georgia Tech (Atlanta), Great Arizona Puppet Theatre (Phoenix), O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)

Growing Up Linda 2005-2011
Edinburgh Fringe; Excerpts: International Festival of Animated Objects (Calgary), St. Ann’s Warehouse (New York), Theatre for a New City (New York), Judson Church (New York), Links Hall (Chicago), 14 Karat Cabaret (Baltimore), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Mad Cow (Orlando), Space Ark (Pasadena), Coolidge Corner Theatre (Boston), Comedy Connection (Boston), Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach), Perishable (Providence), Carriage House (Providence), Park Theatre (Winnipeg)

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OTHER PERFORMANCES

The Feeder 2015-2016
Echo Theatre (Portland, OR), Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)

Web Of Mystery 2011
Rachel Rosenthal Company (Culver City), Eugene O’Neill Center (Waterford, CT), Animal Cracker Conspiracy (San Diego)

Adventures Of Michael Jackson & The Animals Of Neverland Ranch 2004-2005
Perishable (Providence) Gamm (Pawtucket), McCormack Theatre (Providence)

Rango Tango 2006
Revolving Museum, O’Neill Center (Lowell, MA)

Date Rape: The American Classic 1998
Poop Studios (Chicago)

Day Of Beauty And Ritual 1998
Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago)

Heavy Petting 1998
Gallery 2 (Chicago)

Puppet Runway 2002
Perishable (Providence)

Apocalypse1997
Big Chicks (Chicago)

Ham In A Wig 2013
iO West (Hollywood),

Toy Factory 1998
The Mission (Elgin)

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS + INSTALLATIONS

Puppet Trash 2004
AS220 (Providence)

Finnochio: The Holiday Classic 2004
Dirt Palace (Olneyville)

Side Effects 2004
Ocean Coffee Roasters (Providence)

Thesis Show 2001
Gallery 2 (Chicago)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Handmade Puppet Dreams 2007
Grand Central Art Center (Santa Anna)

Toy Theater Museum 2009
St. Ann’s Warehouse (New York)

Art In Motion 2006
Guildford Art Center (Guilford)

Puppets On The Wall 2007
Acorn Gallery (Los Angeles)

Hybrid 1997
Gallery 2 (Chicago)

Assorted Cracker Jack Prizes 1994
Studio For Interrelated Media (Boston)

Toy Theater Museum 2005
St. Ann’s Warehouse (New York)

Book Unbound 1995
Gallery X (Chicago)

RISD Group Exhibit 2005
Woods Gerry Gallery (Providence)

No Strings Attached 2009
Avalon Island (Orlando)

FILM SCREENINGS + INSTALLATIONS

The Gunman 2013
Standard ToyKraft (Brooklyn)

Inner Monster 1995-1996
Fresh, N.A.M.E. Gallery (Chicago)

Cheap Art
Betty Rymer Gallery (Chicago)

Jackson’s Private Zoo 2005-2007
Festival of Mirth, California Institute of the Abnormal Arts (North Hollywood), Fledgling Festival, Perishable (Providence), Not Humanly Possible, Salvage Theatre (Austin), Puppet Anarchy, Eugene O’Neill Center (New London)

King of Pop’s New Clothes 1998
GenderTrash and Other Cookies, Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago), Michigan Avenue Screening Room, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Buffalo Bill – It Get’s Better 2012
Silence of the Trans, Castro Theatre (San Francisco)

PUBLISHED WORKS

Scar Of Visibility: Medical Performances And Contemporary Art
2007 Respiridone #12, University of Minnesota Press

Women And Performance: A Journal Of Feminist Theory
2005 Finnochio: The Holiday Classic, New York University Press

Puppetry International Issue #32
2012 Uncanny Valley of the Dolls: An Interview with Allison de Fren on The Mechanical Bride

Feast of Fun Blog
2012 2011: Year of the Glitter Bomb

 CURATORIAL

The Puppet Slam Network 2006-2016

Handmade Puppet Dreams Film Series, Volume 4 2009-2010

Puppets from The Edge 2011
Avalon Island (Orlando)

Puppets from The Edge2006, 2007
Mad Cow (Orlando)

Blood from a Turnip 2004-2005 Season, 2005-2006 Season
Perishable (Providence)

No Mercy: The Art of Pippin Roe 2003
Tealuxe (Providence)

Vaginal Cream Davis 1998
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

GenderTrash and Other Cookies 1998
Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago)

Day of Beauty and Ritual 1998
Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago)

SpeakEasy 1996
N.A.M.E. Gallery (Chicago)

Open Word Slip of the Tongue 1996
N.A.M.E. Gallery (Chicago)

HONORS + AWARDS

Artist Resource for Completion Grant 2014
Center for Cultural Innovation

Seed Grant 2014
The Jim Henson Foundation

Anna Sosenko Assist Trust 2014
Anna Sosenko Assist Trust

Artist Resource for Completion Grant 2009
Durfee Foundation

UNIMA-USA Scholarship for Foreign Study 2008

Associate Artist Scholarship 2005
Atlantic Center for the Arts

LA County Arts Emerging Artist Scholarship 2010
Rachel Rosenthal Company

The O’Neill Theater Center Scholarships 2006-2013
Walt Disney Company (2017), The O’Neill Theater Center (2016), The Alumni Scholarship (2013), Terry & Taylor Fator Scholarship (2013), Terry Fator Scholarship (2012), The Matt Rineveld Memorial Scholarship (2010), The Connecticut Guild of Puppetry Scholarship (2010), Emerging Artist Scholarship (2009), Kevin Clash Minority Scholarship (2006)

 Puppeteers of America Emma Louise Memorial Scholarship 2007

Center for Cultural Innovation Quick Grant 2014
The Business of Art – Entrepreneurial Training for Artists

Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry Scholarship 2012, 2015

Ahmason Foundation Scholarship 2006-2009
California Institute for the Arts

Interdisciplinary Grant 2008, 2009
California Institute for the Arts

Art of Leadership 1996
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Merit Scholarship 1994-1996
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

EDUCATION

M.F.A. Design 2009 – CalArts, Cotsen Center For Puppetry and the Arts
B.F.A. in Studio Art 2001 School of the Art Institute of Chicago

GUEST TEACHING + ARTIST TALKS

 Object/Fetish: Staging the Suspension of Disbelief in Every Day Life 2010-2011
Puppetry and Post Dramatic Performance Conference, University of Connecticut (Storrs), Transmodern Festival, H&H Building (Baltimore), Calgary Animated Objects Society, Club Sapien (Calgary), California Institute for the Arts, Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts

Artist Talk 2004-2011
The Maryland Institute College of Art, Fiber Department (Baltimore)
Bryant University, Performance Studies Department (Smithfield)

The New American Vaudeville: the Puppet Slam Network 2007-2012
Puppetry and Post Dramatic Performance Conference, University of Connecticut (Storrs), Georgia Tech (Atlanta), Concordia University (St. Paul), Eugene O’Neill Center (New London), Winnipeg Puppet Collective (Winnipeg)

Teaching Artist in Residence2005-2014
Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center (Los Angeles), Oakland Beach Elementary, Artist in Residence (Oakland Beach), Calcutt Middle School, Artist in Residence (Central Falls)

Gay and Lesbian Student Rights Law of Massachusetts 1994-2003
The Harvard Club (Boston), 1994 Leslie College (Cambridge), 1994 Simmons College (Boston)

ORGANIZATIONAL

Puppet Slam Network 2005-2016
Co-Founder

UNIMA-USA 2012-2015
Board of Directors

Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry 2011-2012
Board of Directors

N.A.M.E. Gallery 2006
Time Arts Committee