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Thing Theatre Workshop
June 26 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents a Thing Theatre Workshop, featuring puppetry artist Colette Searls (UMBC theatre) and designer Kelley Bell (UMBC visual arts), who will guide participants in an in-person workshop to make “disposable puppets,” bring them to life, and build them a tiny modular home! This event, which will be hosted by Maryland Art Place (MAP), is open to artists and non-artists alike.
Colette Searls is associate professor and chair of theatre at UMBC, where she teaches acting, directing, and puppetry, and has devised award-winning object theatre performances. She has received grants from the Jim Henson Foundation and Puppeteers of America for her original works in object theatre, and published and lectured internationally on the intersections between animation, puppetry, and special effects for film. Her book, A Galaxy of Things: the Power of Masks and Puppets in Star Wars and Beyond, is forthcoming with Routledge Press.
Kelley Bell is a graphic designer, projection artist and associate professor of art at UMBC. Her animated work appeared in and literally on Baltimore City in two series of public guerilla-style projections: White Light, Black Birds and Rise and Fall of the Land of Pleasant Living. Her animations have been screened locally and as far away as Berlin, Germany. She was a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2004, and a semifinalist for the Sondheim Art Prize in 2010.
Note: This workshop is designed for adults but older youth are welcome if accompanied by an adult participant.
This workshop is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council through a Maryland Traditions Folklife Network Grant.