Puppet Tuesdays – Artist Talks On Demand

Lil’ Talk’s “Puppet Tuesday” Series is not available “on demand”! Enjoy puppet artists from around world as they join in conversations about their craft and practice as well as things that they are curious about. Artist Talks the engage the artist not just on what they’ve already done, but who they are, what they care about and why. See you there!

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.

Join master puppet artists, directors and educator Bart Roccoberton and Irina Niculescu as they discuss their unique approaches to education in puppetry and theater.  This conversation was moderated by Jean Marie Keevins and culminated with a Q&A.

World renown puppet artist, Edwin Salas (Mexico / North Carolina), discusses his practices
of creating art through trauma with NLP practitioner, Claude Lapointe (Montreal, Canada). This conversation delved into challenging material and looked at theater through a very specific artist’s eyes.

Nehprii Amenii and Jean Marie Keevins are two very different puppet artists with very similar passions. Join us for an evening of honest and raw conversation between two women determined to use their gifts to shine light on important topics, create space for healing and frankly, just get into it.

Portuguese Puppet Artists and Program Directors Rute Ribeiro & Luis Vieira discuss their approach to programming and creating an international festival, particularly in the time Covid. Avid educators, presenters and sought after performers, Ribeiro & Vieira’s unique perspectives are a breath of fresh air in these challenging times. The evening will close with a brief Q&A, moderate by Brenna Ross.

Broadway Physical Therapist says that Puppeteers and Dancers should not be in pain. Artist Talk Takes place on Nov. 9th at LittleShadowProductions.com

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. Moderate by Jean Marie Keevins.

World renown puppet directors, Basil Twist and Irina Niculescu have been friends for decades. Enjoy this intimate conversation about directing puppetry for the world stage, moderated by Jean Marie Keevins

Both Tom Lee and Jeanette Yew’s work combine “traditional” puppetry techniques with modern technology. Tom has studied his practice with several masters. Jeanette’s work challenges the question “What is puppetry?” Enjoy this intriguing conversation about how design, history, the present and the future effects the work of these fascinating artists.

Blair Thomas (Blair Thomas Co. & Chicago International Puppet Festival) interviews his friend, legendary puppet artist Peter Schumann (Bread & Puppet Theater). This conversation is taking place just before Bread & Puppet present their work at the Chicago International Puppet Festival. This is an evening not to be missed. Enough said.

The “Hamilton” actor and budding puppeteer interviews one of his puppetry influences, “Sesame Street’s” own, Tyler Bunch. The conversation will revolve around creating and establishing characters and growing in the art of moving mouth puppetry for tv and film.

 Alice Gottschalk is a Germany-based marionette artist whose subtle expressions are both deeply impactful and often, fun. Brooklyn-based Hanne Tierney’s multidisciplinary work, including her work in the puppet theater, is equally fascinating. Enjoy these two passionate and infinitely creative women; moderated by Jean Marie Keevins.

Raymond Carr and Tim Lagasse and both puppeteers, directors and filmmakers, and have known each other for years. But do they really? Get your fly on the wall pants on because we get to enjoy these two brilliant minds getting curious about each other, together, for the very first time.

Louise Lapointe, Director of Montreal’s own Festival de Casteliers and Jean Marie Keevins, Associate Artistic Director of the National Puppetry Conference at The O’Neill, have always admired each other. Enjoy this intimate conversation and learn a bit about what these happenings will look like in a post-Covid world. 

Two puppet artists meeting for the first time. Join us for the intimate interview with Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins, hosted by Jean Marie Keevins. There is always something intriguing that happens when artists meet.

Two puppet artists from opposite sides of the globe discuss their passion for puppetry, storytelling and music.

Two puppet artists meeting for the first time. Join us for the intimate interview with Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins, hosted by Jean Marie Keevins. There is always something intriguing that happens when artists meet.

Two highly influential educators with different approaches discuss their methods of using puppetry in education. From bringing puppetry around the world to creative effective curriculum in one’s own community, these ladies know how to utilize the art of the puppet to create meaningful impact. You won’t want to miss Carol Sterling and Edna Bland In Conversation.

Join us as two friends, Stoph Scheer and Ora Fruchter, and partners in puppetry ask the questions that they have been wondering about each other and their processes.

Two highly lauded Korean-American female puppeteers meet for the very first time. Kathy Kim (“Sesame Street” and “Helpsters”) and Sarah Oh (The Jim Henson Company) have been curious about each other for years. Join us for a very special gettin to know you session of these very special women.

Aymee Garcia (“Fraggle Rock”,  “Lazy Town”, Avenue Q) and Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (“Sesame Street”,  “Muppets Tonight”, Wake Up Your Weird) are two outstanding character performers who started in the theater and found their way to television. These passionate, funny and very dedicated women will talk about how they got started and how they keep their heART in all that they do.

Fedelis Kyalo, is founder of Krystall Puppet Theatre Company, based at the Little Club Theatre Mombasa in Kenya. Lisa Russell is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who primarily creates content for UN/NGO agencies. The pair discuss the “why” and the “how” of the work they do.

Mirek Trejtnar & Chelsea Masteller Warren

Bernd Ogrodnik & Jean Marie Keevins

A FEW OF OUR SHARE THE MIC TALKS

Science, spirituality, art and our bodies tell us that we need to MOVE. 

In the winter of 2020, with a world caught in quarantine, the people at SpringWorks Festival and Little Shadow Productions got to talking. “What if we could help people stop working and get moving, even if for a few moments”? From that, our dance and movement wellness series was born. During this conversation, our movement instructors, some of the best of the world stage, film and television, discuss why we all must move. Our ability, size or disability does not matter. We must move our minds, our bodies and spirits for the health of everyone.

Heather Henson and Jean Marie Keevins have been friends for many years. They share similar desires to create space for change through storytelling and by sharing the mic with others. They share a deep love for the planet and all who inhabit it. Activist, allies and artists, these two friends invite you to join them for an evening of intimate conversation about what’s on their minds.

Heather Henson supports the incredible work of the International Crane Foundation. https://www.savingcranes.org/

Jean Marie Keevins supports the Allelu Kurten Generous Spirit Award at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. The Scholarship supports artists who’s creative pursuits are steeped in her spirit of kindness, community and understanding. https://www.theoneill.org/pup

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 talks, 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!

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”


~Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation

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