A National Puppetry Festival is a wonderful opportunity to receive helpful feedback for a work-in-progress. Unfortunately our organization has erred on the side of unsolicited critiques that have left many artists in tears. Thus, recent festivals have shied away from any type of feedback.
In this workshop, you will experience energizing practices to advance any creative endeavor by giving and receiving purposeful feedback. We’ll draw on Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process, a four-step method that has been embraced for over twenty-five years by artmakers, educators, scientists and others seeking to nurture the development of creative works. The Process is a facilitated dialogue between makers, peers and audiences, based on the premise that a valuable critique is one in which the maker takes an active role. Creators often come away from a Critical Response Process session with: 1) a deeper understanding of the intent and impact of what they make; 2) fresh perspectives that point to new or renewed direction for their work; and 3) eagerness and motivation to move the work forward. During this workshop, you will learn practical tools to solicit meaningful input and ways of thinking about feedback that can make a positive difference across many facets of your life – from engaging with artistic collaborators to interacting with administrators, presenters, funders, family members and others whose voices may influence how and what you create.
To demonstrate the process, Red Herring Puppets will perform a work-in-progress entitled “The Chicken and the Egg.” The shows is intended to support classroom learning about life cycles and animal groups for K-5 audiences. Lisa Sturz, Artistic Director has created a collection of rhymed vignettes with original music by Kathryn O’Shea. The show features an inflatable chicken screen and colorful shadow puppets performed on overhead projectors.
Wendy Morris is a leadership facilitator, consultant, artist and process designer whose work has been recognized by over 25 awards including fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, McKnight Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. Somewhere between touring the world as a performance artist and teaching at international leadership centers, she discovered she had a gift for helping leaders in government, the arts, non-profits and business become more effective changemakers. She collaborates with several global networks for change including the Human Systems Dynamics Institute and the Art of Hosting network. At home in Minneapolis, she is affiliated with two research and training centers at the University of Minnesota. Her life and work are informed by 19,000 hours of mindfulness training and somatic (body-mind) practice.
Red Herring Puppets is an UNIMA and Emmy Award winning national touring company. Their work has been featured at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, the 1st International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC, the Black Cherry Puppet Theatre of Baltimore, the Asheville Community Theatre, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Their adult production of “My Grandfather’s Prayers” has been taped to air internationally on JLTV.