Eric Wright and Mark Lusk In Conversation

THIS TALK DEBUNKS THE MYTH that “if it doesn’t hurt, you’re not doing it right”. Puppeteers and dancers often write off their pain and encourage it in others as a right of passage. This is not sustainable. Join Eric Wright, a professional puppeteer who understands how important physical wellness is to his craft, and Mark Lusk, a physical therapist who makes sure that puppeteers and dancers stay well, as they explore this myth and discuss how we can create more helpful working environments.

This event is presented as part of our “Puppet Tuesday” series.




Our Pay What You Can format for our “Puppet Tuesdays” Series makes it possible for everyone to attend. Please pay as much as you can so that others who cannot will still be able to participate.

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*Video on demand will be available within one week following the artist’s talk to all who register.

About The Speakers

Eric Wright

Eric Wright became a puppeteer as a way to combine his passions for theater, design, music, and tinkering, and began his career under the instruction of Dan Hurlin at Sarah Lawrence College from 1999-2003. He studied further at UConn’s Puppet Arts Program from 2001-2002, and attended the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference as a participant and as an Emerging Artist in 2004. He co-founded the Puppet Kitchen in 2008, which continues to offer puppetry services to stage and screen productions worldwide. Design clients include: Virgin Voyages, Thom Browne Fashion New York & Paris Fashion Weeks, LG, Hanes, H&M, The Wall Street Journal, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, The San Diego Zoo, Netflix, and IBM. He is currently an Audrey II puppeteer in Off-Broadway’s Little Shop of Horrors. Past performances include: Compulsion (The Public Theater), Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera), The Firebird (City Center), Disfarmer (St.Ann’s Warehouse), and Petrushka (Lincoln Center). Assistant puppetry credits include Sesame Street and Helpsters on AppleTV+. @thepuppetkitchen

Mark Lusk

Mark M. Lusk, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CF-L1, CFMT
President, MVMT Physical Therapy
Dr. Lusk enjoyed a 12-year career as a professional dancer and understands first-hand the impact of injuries on athletic performance and emotional well-being, having sustained an ACL rupture early in his career. He has a deep passion to help his patients achieve their highest goals, whether it is returning to the box, getting back onstage, logging their first century, finishing a marathon or simply walking a mile without pain. It is this drive that guides every bit of continuing education in order to bring the most cutting edge and effective treatments to the patient. He created MVMT to address the specific needs of the urban athlete.

Dr. Lusk graduated from Hunter College with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has also worked as a physical therapist on over 60 Broadway shows.

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~Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation

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