As part of the 2016 Fall Puppet Forum Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present a discussion with acclaimed New York puppeteer Theodora Skipitares entitled Puppetry, Performance, and the Scale of Things on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center.
Visual artist, director, and puppeteer Theodora Skipitares has been creating evocative and spectacular works of puppet and object performance for over 25 years. Trained as a sculptor and theater designer, she combined these two art forms to develop such award-winning puppet productions as The Age of Invention, A Harlot’s Progress, Trilogy, and most recently, Six Characters. In her presentation Skipitares will elaborate upon her processes of creation, the interdisciplinary influences on her work, and the dramatic variety of puppets she creates, ranging from the massive to the miniature.
Upcoming 2016 Fall Puppet Forums include:
October 12: The Future of Puppetry at UConn, with Pam Arciero (Sesame Street), Stephen Kaplin (Chinese Theatre Works), and Rob Saunders (Animax Designs), moderated by Bart. P. Roccoberton, Jr.
November 16: Object, Image, Text: The Bread & Puppet Press, with Max Schumann (Printed Matter) and Clare Dolan (Museum of Everyday Life)
December 7: Making Marionette Theater with Frank Ballard, with Steven Brezzo (Opar, Inc.), Fred Thompson (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center), and Steve Abrams (Editor, Puppetry Journal)
Admission to this event is free (donations greatly appreciated!), and refreshments will be served. Come early, and experience our puppet exhibitions, as well as the video resources in our library nook. Visit bimp.uconn.edu or call 860.486.8580 for more information.