Dan Hurlin, Margaret Kemp, Nehprii Amenii
This interdisciplinary course will explore the power of puppetry in the context of the contemporary puppet revival in theater and the visual arts. Through lecture, demonstrations, videos and guest artists, participants will be introduced to the artform. Course includes workshops in puppet manipulation and a culminating devised puppet performance.
Students with experience in theater, devising, puppetry, dance, multimedia art, and performance art. Students should be able and willing to engage in improvisational theater exercises. Students with visual arts background who want to explore theatre creation are welcome.
Dan HurlinA visual and theater artist, specializing in puppetry Dan Hurlin's works have been presented nationally and internationally. He received a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship in choreography, the Alpert Award and a U.S. Artists Fellowship in theater, and the Rome Prize in visual art. Until his retirement, he was the Director of the Graduate Program in Theater at Sarah Lawrence College.
Margaret KempMargaret Laurena Kemp is an actor, a multi-disciplinary performing artist, writer and teaching artist. Her adaptation (for Bunraku puppets) of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” was presented at the 2022 Chicago International Puppet Festival. Her experimental film/installation was presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art at MECA in 2021.
Nehprii Amenii is a Brooklyn-based director, playwright, production designer and puppeteer. Known for creating experiences that dismantle the wall between players and audiences, Amenii has worked with Bread & Puppet Theatre, Alvin Ailey, La Mama, The O'Neill, NY Philharmonic, and more. She is artistic director of Khunum Productions, a platform for creative anthropology.
July 20 to August 2, 2021