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- Eric Bass
- Richard Bouchard
- Sharon Bayly
- Chris King
- Marla Limousin
- Karrie Marshall
- Ian McFarlane
- Geneviève Paré
Eric Bass (USA)
Eric Bass has worked for thirty years as a director, playwright, performer, and mask and puppet maker. In 1982, he founded Sandglass Theater with his wife, Ines Zeller Bass. As a director, Eric has worked in America, Australia, Poland, and Finland, as well as the United States and has won numerous awards.
Sandglass Theatre’s current production, D-Generation: An Exultation of Larks, is a puppet play based on stories written collaboratively by groups of people with late-stage dementia. Eric will be presenting on the making of D-Generation and the subject of puppetry and dementia as well as leading a hands-on workshop.
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Richard Bouchard (Quebec, Canada)
Directeur général et artistique de l’École Nationale d’apprentissage par la Marionnette, ENAM (membre fondateur). Détenteur d’un certificat en éducation de l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Formation Marionnette et psychothérapie avec Colette Duflot et Madeleine Lions juin 1991. Formation intensive à l’Institut international de la marionnette en France : 1989 La marionnette et l’espace scénique avec Peter Matasek, théâtre Drac Tchécoslovaquie et 1982 Théâtre d’ombres avec Jean Pierre Lescot (Trois mois). Membre fondateur du Festival international des arts de la marionnette de Saguenay au Québec, et membre fondateur du Réseau international de la marionnette pour l’éducation et la santé (RIMES). Autodidacte, marionnettiste, comédien et scénographe.
Richard Bouchard is the General and Artistic Director of the National School of Learning Puppetry, ENAM (founding member). Bouchard has a certificate in education from the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi. He has puppet and psychotherapy training with Colette Duflot and Madeleine Lions June 1991, and, intensive training at the International Institute of Puppetry in France: 1989 The puppet and stage space with Peter Matasek theater Drac Czechoslovakia and 1982 Shadow theater with Jean Pierre Lescot (three months). Bouchard is the founding member of the International Arts Festival of Puppet Saguenay in Quebec, and a founding member of the International Network of puppetry for education and health (RIMES). Bouchard is a self-taught, puppeteer, actor and set designer.
Sharon Bayly (Vancouver, Canada)
Sharon Bayly is a performing artist whose practice is rooted in physical theatre, clown and ensemble based creation. She is also one of the lead artists in a unique Vancouver-based initiative called the Arts and Health Project: Healthy Aging Through the Arts. This project brings professional artists together with seniors, many of whom are vulnerable and marginalized, in a collaborative art making process that explores the life knowledge and creativity of the senior participants through visual and performing arts practices.
Since 2006, Sharon has led a group of Chinese seniors in puppetry and performance, and each year they explore a different type of puppetry (shadow, rod, glove, toy theatre, marionettes, etc). Together they create a puppet show that is presented at a public gala during Seniors Week in June.
She is also the Co-Artistic Director of Mortal Coil Performance Society, a Vancouver based theatre company that utilizes popular styles of theatre and spectacle including stilts, puppets, giant puppets, music and dance in creating both indoor and outdoor original work.
Sharon will be presenting:
“Good Health, Happy Life – Puppetry with Chinese Seniors in the Arts and Health Project”
“Shadow Puppetry Basics” & “Toy Theatre” workshops
Chris King (Scotland)
Chris King is an Arts In Care Practitioner with Creativity In Care. Chris’s background is in acting and performing arts. He became a puppeteer in 2003 and co-founded a touring puppet company with Karrie Marshall. From here he began working with people in care settings. To better understand the needs of people living with long-term conditions, Chris worked in a care home for 2 ½ years. He facilitates creative learning programmes and enjoys connecting with people at all ages and stages of life. Chris lives North of Inverness, Scotland.
Marla Limousin (BC, Canada)
“Puppetry is a passion,” says Marla Limousin. “Everything I’ve done in my own artistic growth throughout my life has led me to that experience. The community of Kugaaruq (in Canada’s Artic) had the artistic character to pull it off and a group of determined elders”.
Marla continues to develop her skills. She occasionally performs with “Dan Butterworth and His Marionettes” from Rhode Island; studied with Tim Gosley of the Muppets, she holds workshops in marionette and doll making and developed her skills and immersed herself in the Puppetry Intensive at Humber College. She is working on an exciting new project with a First Nation Band in Courtney, BC
Karrie Marshall (Scotland)
Karrie has a background in nursing and person-centred counselling. She managed a care home for people with profound and complex needs, and worked for ten years as a lecturer in health and social care at Inverness College. Karrie first used puppetry in care in the 1980’s and runs Zenwing Puppets with her partner Chris King.
In 2011 she founded the social enterprise Creativity in Care CIC, which promotes inclusive and joyful work in care settings and in the community for people living with dementia and people who use mental health and learning disability services. Karrie lives in the Highlands of Scotland, and travels all over the UK.
Karrie Marshall invites us to look beyond the diagnosis of dementia to celebrate all that is possible when we engage in humour, creativity and puppetry in her talk “Connecting Through Creativity & Joy: Exploring the Power of Puppetry in Dementia Care”. Karrie will also be presenting hands-on workshops!
Check out Karrie’s books: Puppetry in Dementia Care, and A Creative Toolkit for Communication in Dementia Care
Ian McFarlane (Calgary, Canada)
Ian McFarlane is a multifaceted performance artist, set designer and puppeteer. His work intrinsically blends these disciplines and utilizes the expressive potential of the performing body, the theatrical possibilities of space and the limitless potency of animated objects.
Ian is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge, holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Multidisciplinary with Great Distinction. Ian has a healthy habit of encountering unique spaces in which to explore character, movement, imagery and text, having created art in mechanical rooms, abandoned houses, under bridges, in open fields and amongst unsuspecting patrons in coffee shops.
Ian recently spent two months apprenticing under Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover Vermont. His work there has deeply influenced him and has blossomed a passion for sustainable practices and community driven art.
Paralleling his need for creative expression, Ian also navigates his life with a paddle, a bicycle and a pair of hiking boots.
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Geneviève Paré (Calgary, Canada)
Geneviève Paré is a Calgary-based life enthusiast with a fierce inclination towards performative expression. Since receiving her BFA from the University of Lethbridge she has been working professionally as an actor, director, producer, puppeteer and community arts practitioner. Ms. Paré is Co-Founder of creation-based company Mudfoot Theatre and the community arts organization Cat on a Leash Creations. Geneviève’s obsessions include wilderness travel, sustainable art, and the origin of authenticity. In 2013 she was awarded a Betty Mitchell for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama and the Theatre Calgary Emerging Actor Award.
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