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2015 Spring Puppet Forum Series


2015 Spring Puppet Forum Series

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. (note new time)

Ballard Institute Theater at Storrs Center


Wednesday, February 11: Matthew Cohen, “Playing with Shadows in the Dark”

Scholar and puppeteer Matthew Cohen, an expert historian and performer of Javanese wayang golek rod puppet theater and other forms, talks about his research and performance work.  Co-sponsored by the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute.

lantern%20headsWednesday, March 11: Anne Cubberly, “Making Art with Your Community”

Acclaimed Hartford visual artist and spectacle-maker Anne Cubberly, voted “Best Artist” in a 2014 Hartford Magazine poll, talks about her extensive work in Hartford, always with a focus on creativity, process, community, and re-purposed materials.


Wednesday, April 8: Fred Thompson, “Masters of the Marionette: Rufus and Margo Rose”

Puppeteer and teacher Fred Thompson, a mainstay of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Puppetry Conference, first saw Rufus and Margo Rose perform in 1947, and has had a long and illustrious career in Connecticut as a teacher and maker of dance, theater, and puppetry.

_MG_2178Wednesday, April 15: Hua Hua Zhang, “My Work in Chinese and American Puppetry”

UConn Puppet Arts alumna Hua Hua Zhang first studied classic Chinese puppetry techniques at the Beijing Art Academy in her home city. After receiving many awards for her performances as a member of the China Puppet Arts Troupe, she came to UConn’s Puppet Arts Program, earning her MFA degree in 2000. Currently the director of the Philadelphia-based company Visual Expressions, she designs and performs her own work in the U.S. and China, collaborates with such artists as composer Tan Dun.  Co-sponsored by the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute.

Admission to these events is free (donations greatly appreciated!), and refreshments will be served. Forums will also be live-streamed on our page: For more information, call 860.486.8580 or email


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