“Making Marionette Theater with Frank Ballard” with Steve Abrams and Steven Brezzo on 12/7 at 7 p.m.

As the final event of the 2016 Fall Puppet Forum Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present Making Marionette Theater with Frank Ballard, with acclaimed puppet historian Steve Abrams and exhibition specialist Steven Brezzo, a UConn alumnus who worked with Professor Ballard. The forum will take place on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center.

Presented in conjunction with the Ballard Institute exhibition Frank Ballard’s Marionette Modernism: ‘Peer Gynt’ and ‘The Love for Three Oranges’, this forum will take the form of a conversation with Abrams, a Philadelphia-based puppeteer and current Editor of the Puppetry Journal, and Steven Brezzo, graduate of the UConn Puppet Arts Program and President of Opar, Inc., a company that produces touring exhibitions and stage shows. The conversation, moderated by Ballard Institute Director John Bell, will focus on the specifics of Frank Ballard’s marionette productions at UConn, and their larger significance as an important aspect of 20th-century American puppet theater.

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. This forum will be broadcast via Facebook Live. Call 860.486.8580 for more information.

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