January 21, 2021 12:30 pm EST
Join us as we explore one of the most curious chapters in the history of Prospect Park, the four years (2005–2009) during which the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Grand Army Plaza housed a free lending library of puppets! Our guest will be master puppeteer Theresa Linnihan, who operated that puppet library and performance space. The library was forced to move due to the arch’s leaky roof, but now the Prospect Park Alliance is preparing for a major renovation, so we thought this would be the perfect time to talk to the last tenant of the arch! Theresa will share stories, images, and puppets from this important community resource, which lives on in its current home at Brooklyn College.
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Jean Marie Keevins is a NYC-based, Emmy-nominated puppet supervisor, producer, writer, puppet artist, and owner of Little Shadow Productions. She is currently Puppet Supervisor for Apple TV+ and Sesame Workshop’s Helpsters, which was nominated for five Emmy Awards this year. This program will look at Keevins’ recent work on “Helpsters,” as well as her co-authored plays “Zwerge” with Deb Hertzberg (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Spencer Lott (“Sesame Street”), and “Elephant in the Room” with Sahr Nguaja (“Fela,” “Moulin Rouge!”). Jean Marie will also teach us how to make a shadow puppet theatre out of a shoebox at home in order to tell your own stories in a “shadowbox diary.” As a vice president for Puppet Heap, Jean Marie coordinated puppet builds for “The Muppets” and “Muppets Most Wanted,” as well as a worldwide Diet Coke campaign with Jean Paul Gautier, and built puppets for “Avenue Q” and Disney on Ice’s “Finding Nemo.” Little Shadow has created puppets for Netflix’s special “Wyatt Cenac’s Brooklyn” and “Lonely Island,” among other projects.
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