Friday, July 9 from 6-8pm
In conjunction with The Plastic Bag Store art installation by Robin Frohardt and presented in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, artist and master puppeteer Eli Presser will teach techniques to transform everyday plastic waste into imaginative puppet characters. Feel free to bring clean, single-use plastic items to add to the workshop supplies. 18 years and up. Space is limited. RSVP required. Location TBD.
Eli Presser is a multi-media artist and performer. His marionette puppetry and choreography with objects focus on character study using movement alone as language. Most recently, he co-directed and co-wrote puppetry productions for Free Forum Theater; and co-organized the Celluloid Golem Puppet Film Festival, in Düsseldorf. He has performed at such venues as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Automata Arts, Dynasty Typewriter, and Track 16 Gallery. He was a key puppeteer for Kevin McTurk’s The Haunted Swordsman, which is currently touring film festivals. He received his BFA through the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts at Cal Arts (1999) and is a technical supervisor of performing arts and puppetry at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.
Saturday, July 10 from 3-5pm
Artist and master puppeteer Moira MacDonald will teach techniques to transform everyday plastic waste into imaginative puppet characters. Feel free to bring clean, single-use plastic items to add to the workshop supplies. 6 years and up. Space is limited. RSVP required. Location TBD.
Moira Lael MacDonald is a multidisciplinary theater artist and filmmaker. Her most recent work, The Story of Misho and Minka is a shadow puppetry piece commissioned by the Getty Museum. Her piece Selkie was performed at Automata Arts in early 2020 and at the Skirball Cultural Center in 2019. Other work includes Edwin, Margery and Me, Anatomy Lesson, Amaranth, The Life of the Bee, and Letter from the Bees. Her short, hand-processed film, The Visible Woman, has been screened at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, and at Concord Space as part of the Heavenly Directives series. Moira holds an MFA in Puppetry and Integrated Media from CalArts, and a BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She teaches at Pasadena City College, Moorpark College, and the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility.
Special thanks to Automata Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles for program partnership.