Curated by Claudia Orenstein and John Bell
The Critical Exchange is a series of discussions among practitioners, critics, and scholars, on selected topics, taking place during the 2019 Puppeteers of America National Festival, and co-sponsored by UNIMA-USA (the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette), which seeks to foster and enhance critical engagement within puppetry arts.
Wednesday, July 17
9-10:30 am: IDENTITY AND REPRESENTATION ON AND OFF PUPPET STAGES
Tim Cusack, No Homo, Dude: Bert, Ernie, and Queer(ing) Puppetry in Children’s Popular Entertainment
Alissa Mello, TITLE TBD
Paulette Richards, Puppet Homecoming
Laura Purcell-Gates, Puppetry and Medical Approaches to Non-normative Bodies
This session will focus on the ways in which puppetry, as a performance practice, pedagogical tool, and focus of scholarship, speaks to and for communities marginalized because of gender/gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, class, and/or physical ability, especially persons who are situated at the intersections of these identity markers. The panelists in their presentations and subsequent conversation will touch upon multiple issues, including how various communities “read themselves” into puppets, whether onstage, on film or on the small screen; how puppets themselves can better mimetically represent marginalized populations; identity “disconnects” between puppets and their puppeteers; and the ways in which those of us in the puppetry field can better serve at-risk populations.
10:45-12:00: DISCUSSION ON EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN PUPPETEERS OF AMERICA
with Julie Bates MacGillis, organizational consultant
Moderated by a trained facilitator, this session allows everyone who attends to participate in a conversation around shared concerns regarding equity and inclusion in puppetry. Come with your questions and issues and prepared to participate in discussion within a supportive environment.
Thursday, July 18
9:00-10:30: STEM to STEAM: PUPPETS AND TECHNOLOGY, PART I
David Smith and Christopher Swift, Phusis ex Machina: Schickaneder’s Production of The Magic Flute at the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden, 1791
Colette Searls, I Find Your Lack of Face Disturbing: the Mask Performance of Darth Vader
Paulette Richards, Full STEAM Ahead: Designing Animatronic Puppets for STEAM Education
Lyssa Troemel, Turning STEM to STEAM
This session takes an in-depth look at the marriage of art and technology in puppetry. Some papers offer critical analysis of technology in puppetry, historically and today, while others give a view into new technological advancements and their applications.
10:45-11:30: STEM to STEAM: PUPPETS AND TECHNOLOGY, PART II
Tarish Pipkins, Helping Hands: 3D Printed Prosthetics for Children
Paul Spirito and Felicia Cooper, Artificial Intelligence and Puppetry: How will/are they intersect/intersecting?
Steve Widerman, Introducing PuppetVid3D™: How this advanced imaging production technique and auto-stereoscopic video displays will transform puppetry in media
This session takes an in-depth look at the marriage of art and technology in puppetry. Some papers offer critical analysis of technology in puppetry, , while others give a view into new technological advancements and their applications.
11:30-12:30: NEW PUBLICATIONS IN THE FIELD
Johanna Smith, Puppetry in Theatre and Arts Education: Head, Hands and Heart
Alissa Mello, Claudia Orenstein, Cariad Astles, Women and Puppetry: Critical and Historical Investigations
Mayumi Ilari, Móin-Móin
Hazel Rickard, On Dolls, by Kenneth Gross
Seth Shaffer, The Dick Myers Project, by Seth Shaffer
In this session panelists will offer overviews of new publications dealing with puppetry, books and journals, in the US and abroad.
Friday, July 19 – UNIMA DAY
9:00-10:30: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Karen Smith, Four Indian Puppeteers
Dmitri Carter, Diversity of Global Traditions
Ayhan Hulagu, The History of Karagoz
Melinda Markell, Wayang as Democratic Practice
Jeremiah Bartram, Why Quebec? Why Now?
In this session panelists offer insights into issues in traditional and contemporary puppetry from around the world, drawing from their research and personal experiences in exchanges and collaborations.
10:45-12:15: INSCAPES TO GLOBAL PUPPETRY: UNIMA AS CATALYST
Kathy Foley, UNIMA Overview: Worlds of Puppetry
Kurt Hunter, Making International Connections
Stephen Kaplin, Going Global with Chinese Theatre Works
Karen Smith, Worlds of WEPA
Claudia Orenstein, Roads to India, Japan, and Vietnam
Carol Sterling, Roads to India
Kathy Foley and Karen Smith, Indonesia and the 2020 World Puppetry Festival
UNIMA current and past Board Members talk about the international connections made
through puppetry and invite all to join the 2020 festival in Bali.
Saturday, July 20
9:00-10:00: PUPPETRY AND CLIMATE ACTION
Wendy Ring, moderator
Alison Heimstead, TITLE TBD
John Bell, Bread & Puppet Theater’s Ecology Activism, from Uprising of the Beast to The Enemy of Nature
Amanda Petefish-Schrag, The Puppeteer as Scientist-Shaman: Interrogating the Ecology and Ethics of Material
Join puppeteers and scholars in a discussion about the different ways puppetry can be an effective and dynamic means of communicating stories about climate change.
10:00-10:30: NEW CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES
Felice Amato, Teaching Undergrads to Think Through Puppets and Objects
Kate Brehm, Puppeteering Scenography
10:45-12:30: PUPPETRY COLLECTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS
Kathy Foley, Dancing in Stillness: Exhibiting South and Southeast Asian and Korean Puppets and Masks
Dmitri Carter, The Cook/Marks Collection
John Bell, Collections of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
Paulette Richards, Living Objects: African American Puppetry
This session explores interesting aspects of important puppetry exhibits that took place this past year and issues related to collecting and displaying puppets.