Loved puppets since childhood. I guess my earliest memories are of Sesame Street and Mister Rogers.
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
My puppetry heroes are vast. I respect and am a fan of anyone who builds and/or performs puppets. Since I grew up on Mister Rogers and Sesame Street, Jim Henson and Fred Rogers are two of my puppetry heroes. My old animation instructor and shadow puppeteer Donald Heller who inspired me to continue to learn puppetry throughtout college. Steven Widerman who is a great guy and someone I interned with. He helped me understand puppetry as a business. Also, Fred Greenspan who is another great guy and is always kind enough to answer my Punch and Judy questions.
If I Were a Puppet, I'd Be...
controled by someone else.
More About Me:
I am a storyteller who works with comics and puppetry. Puppetry was always a hobby of mine since childhood. I've always wanted to do puppetry and cartooning professionally for years. It wasnt until I was asked to perform (in 2003) for a group of special needs students at one of my teaching jobs that I realized how much I loved puppetry. I built a somewhat crude puppet and show(the show wasnt crude) in a couple of months and told a couple of fables. I did two shows and the audience loved it.
In 2005, I interned with The Puppet Company while studying for my masters. Though I didnt do any performing in front of an audience, I did learn how to perform many different types of puppets as well as how to build them through repair work. I think the most important thing I learned there was what went in to preparing the show. From booking, to advertising, to directing, and running rehersals.
Pretty much all my shows I am working on are based on comic ideas I've had which I think would work better as a performance piece.
When I am not working on my puppets or comics, I work as a college professor teaching traditional and computer art.
I love the picture of you in the Superman costume. Was that Halloween or just another day at the office? I ask this because my friends and I use to dress up in our superhero Halloween costumes all the time and fight "crime." I was just wondering if there was a fellow nut job out there.
Hey, Michael, I did see you were in Yonkers... very close! As far as performing, we did a show at the PoA Fest in Savannah a few weeks ago and may be doing the same play at the puppet slam in Brooklyn in late August. Let's definitely keep in touch! --Sean
Nice to meet you. My puppets are made of paper mache. I have ventured into neoprene for one set of puppets but it is for me expensive and takes longer. Also I like the idea that you can work with paper mache anywhere anytime.
I found neoprene to be really interesting and great if you are making multiples of anything...but I also dont like to do a lot of casting....perhaps if I had a bigger studio...but now I have plaster molds taking up space...i just really like paper mache.
Thanks, Michael. We perform mostly out here in the vast west. Will certainly let you know if we make it to the east coast. (we are performing in Atlanta for 3 weeks next spring, but that's still not very close to you)