Past Talks

The world of puppetry is ever-evolving. Throughout the globe, modern puppetry is often showcased through festivals and exhibitions. In an intimate conversation, veteran presenters and artists, Nancy Staub and Leslee Asch will discuss the genesis of many of programs we have come to know and love, as well as their hopes for their stewardship into the future. 

Nancy Staub supports the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Leslee Asch asks that any donations go to The Clemente Center, earmarked for the puppetry exhibit. 

Join us for a fascinating evening of conversation as these extraordinary women explore the “ecospheric consciousness” of the theatre maker. They’ll also delve into how the entertainment industry will respond to the call for responsive anti-racist practices – from fundraising, to commissioning, to developing and producing American theater. What new paradigms must be introduced and integrated, who are the gatekeepers, and what role does spirituality and/or eco-spheric consciousness play in the realm of art making? There’s so much to discuss.

Georgina Escobar supports Latinx Playwrights Circle.

Maija Garcia supports SoundBusiness.org,  a non-profit based in Harlem that provides college prep and performing arts for young people of color at A. Philip Randolph High School in Harlem. 

A veteran of film, television and stage, Pam Arciero has spent her career making space for and giving life to other’s voices around the globe. Originally from Zimbabwe, and now living in NYC, Sifiso Mabena is discovering a voice of her own. Join these two prolific women for an engaging conversation about the life of a female theater maker, director and puppeteer, making space for underserved voices in the arts and what it means to be a woman of color in the world today.

Pam Arciero supports the Lisa Simon Scholarship for Female Directors at the National Puppetry Conference at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

Sifiso Mabena supports Voices Uncaged. Voices UnCaged operates with the help of donations, as well as our fiscal sponsor and host for the summer residencies, Shake on the Lake Theatre Company.  Official donations can be given through the following link: https://shake-on-the-lake.square.site/

Not quite what you’re looking for? As we continue to book additional workshops, I’d love to know what you’re curious about. What would you like to learn? The sky’s the limit! Drop me a line!

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