Parades and Performances
Growing up, I was the kid in the neighborhood that put on the backyard circuses, the magic shows, the puppet shows...and convinced all my friends to help make parades and costumes for any and all occasions. To this day, the call of the joyous communal spectacle is within me. It transforms people!
SCAD Parades (above): In 2004 the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) commissioned Karen McVay Butch and me to: create 2 parades in France (at Place Pompideau, Paris and at a theater festival in Avignon); mount an exhibit, "Parade" at the Mona Bismarck Center (Paris); and work with theater students studying Commedia del Arte. In 2009, we fashioned a string of “30 Pearls” in honor of SCAD’s 30th anniversary and in 2019, a “Ruby Dragon” for the 40th.
Liberty Parade, Todd, NC (left and below): As founder and artistic director of Elkland Art Center from 1997 to 2016, I was privileged to lead the development of a series of community parades beginning in 2001. The popular annual Liberty Parade emerged in 2006 and continues to this day in Todd every July 4th, now under the auspices of Todd Community Preservation Organization (toddnc.org).
Puppet shows (below): Following a young proclivity for puppets, as an adult I created and performed many puppet shows for audiences of all ages. Below is are examples from “Participation” and "The Magnificent and Vital Law of Expressive Creativity", written by Sue Gurnee.