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Chicago, Illinois
Relationship to Puppetry
Ever since I was six I've always loved puppets, and collected them. I used to love going to the big malls and toy stores, hoping to find one of those fuzzy marionette vendors, or the kind made from yarn balls. My grandmother and I found a marionette made by a local artist during an excursion to Arcola, and as I got older and started to study how it was made, I realized I wanted to make them too.

After dabbling in graphic design and traditional art fields through high school, I realized the only thing I wanted to do was to make and perform with puppets. I received my BA from Columbia College Chicago, and have been making puppets, props, costumes, and masks for the last six years.
What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry
It all began on Sesame Street with Grover and the gang when I was little. They weren't puppets.. they were monsters and birds and people living together as community... but thought they were my first introduction to puppetry, it didn't really spark my soul until I was about six years old.

When I was about six years old I saw The Dark Crystal for the first time. The story enchanted my young imagination and I couldn't get enough of Jen or his adventures with the Garthim and Skesis. My parents had tapped The Dark Crystal off the television, and I watched it so much I wore out the first tape, and nearly the second before I received an official copy VHS for Christmas, then a DVD, and a special edition.

Now every time I watch the Dark Crystal and the Labyrinth, I always watch the making of at the end, to see which of the processes of fabrication I know, and which I still want to learn.
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
Cliché or not, Jim Henson is my puppetry hero! He had a dream and followed it, but didn't let his success or failure of any project alter who he was.
If I Were a Puppet, I'd Be...
If I were a puppet, I'd have to be Grover. A little awkward, kinda strange, but with a big imagination and an even bigger heart. Grover has an open-arm policy to his friends and is always ready to celebrate or comfort them when they need him, and is always happy to play the superhero!
More About Me:
More?! You want to know even MORE!? Well, I suppose... I could.. but maybe later.
Affiliations/Professional Organizations
Columbia College Chicago
Incurable Theater
Von Orthal Puppets
The Puppet Parlor

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