O’Neill Puppetry Conference participants join for performances

From left, atistic associate Calvin Tamura, left, and resident company members Austin Costello and Cindy Hartigan work on emerging artist Stevie Nemazee's piece as part of the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford. Participants will present their work Friday and Saturday at the O'Neill. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
From left, atistic associate Calvin Tamura, left, and resident company members Austin Costello and Cindy Hartigan work on emerging artist Stevie Nemazee's piece as part of the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford. Participants will present their work Friday and Saturday at the O'Neill. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The National Puppetry Conference is in full swing, and you — yes, you! — can see the inventive, entertaining results when conference participants stage shows this weekend. It’ll be a panoply of puppetry styles, and the creativity alone is always worth the price of admission.

During their time at the O’Neill, puppeteers have been studying everything from music composition to “Writing: Shape and Story,” and they have been dreaming up new works, too. Pieces that has been developed during that period will be featured in the performances, which bring together guest artists and artists-in-residence.

National Puppetry Conference, 7 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford; $30; (860) 443-1238.

 

Emerging artist Felice Amato, right, works with resident company member Kali Therrien on syncing puppetry to narration with instructor Jane Martineau during the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Emerging artist Felice Amato, right, works with resident company member Kali Therrien on syncing puppetry to narration with instructor Jane Martineau during the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Georgie Rose, right, works on her marionette 'Astra,' as Taylor Bibat, left, works on 'Olly' during 'Marionette Performance, Design and Construction' session at the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Georgie Rose, right, works on her marionette "Astra," as Taylor Bibat, left, works on "Olly" during "Marionette Performance, Design and Construction" session at the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Anatar Marmol-Gagne works on her marionette 'Tarek' in 'Marionette Performance, Design and Construction' workshop during the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Anatar Marmol-Gagne works on her marionette "Tarek" in "Marionette Performance, Design and Construction" workshop during the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Participants watch Kaitee Tredway present her improvisational piece during Yael Rasooly's 'The Puppeteer, the Object, and the Secret in Between' session in the Dina Merrill Theater during the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Participants watch Kaitee Tredway present her improvisational piece during Yael Rasooly's "The Puppeteer, the Object, and the Secret in Between" session in the Dina Merrill Theater during the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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