Go Linda 2015!
Big things are happening to make this mission a reality: I've been accepted to Jim Rose's marionette program at the National Puppetry Conference! And the first phase of the Puppet Wagon Project is on track to be complete by this summer!
Studying marionettes with Jim Rose is a long-anticipated step in my puppet training, and an honor to my grandfather whose own marionettes were inspired by Jim and his master puppeteer parents, Rufus and Margo Rose. I need to raise $1425 for the tuition!
Everything I learn at the O'Neill goes back into my puppetry teaching which is 25% volunteer. With help I can complete the next phase of the Puppet Wagon Project-- a mobile studio of puppet-making materials that can be brought to communities that lack resources, starting with the Connecticut Burn Center summer camp for kids this July. $500 will manifest the first local version of this big dream, with the purchase of a hitch and lumber to renovate a donated mini utility trailer, and basic kid-friendly puppet-making tools.
Thanks to your support last year I was able to build, perform and teach puppetry to hundreds of adults and kids, including a new puppetry initiative at Fairfield University that will continue this fall!
Every size donation helps so much, and gets a snail-mail Thank-Q, and the promise of more puppet shows and participatory community art events. Plus all new rewards this year, including a patrons' reception and commissioned puppet shows!!!
Browse the rewards on my blog:
The audio story of my puppeteering family with nice background music: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/28567818/thispuppetstory.mp3
More about the Eugene O'Neill National Puppetry Conference here:
A news clip about the Connecticut Burn Camp is here:
THANK YOU! <3
I was pretty sure I wouldn't make this ambitious goal in time. But 38 of you (!!!) got it to exactly the number needed to pay the O'Neill by the extended Friday deadline. Which means-- I am going!
THANK YOU SO MUCH! Not just for your monetary donation, but for your confidence and enthusiasm. You fuel my fire!
The gofund me will stay up to raise the remaining amount for the trailer which has some more time. Meanwhile your rewards are in progress and will start going out in phases starting this week. If you don't receive anything in 2 weeks please contact me.
I can't say enough: THANK YOU!!!!!!!