The most exciting aspect of what I do is to bring into visual reality the ideas and images that first exist in my head. These figures become moving, dancing, speaking, flying characters that live on the stage or on film. I love introducing young minds to the classics both in literature and in music. I love inspiring young and old with the beauty of creation in stories and graphic art. One of the most effective ways to do this is through the art of puppetry.
What is your favorite tool/special resource that allows you to do what you do?
My favorite tool to use is plasticine clay ... the art of sculpture. All of our puppet heads are first sculpted and then cast in a very light material so the puppet will not be heavy. Because the face of each character does not change to reflect emotion as a human face would, the essence of the character must be determined and captured in the face of the sculpted head. This is a challenge and, I must say, great fun.
What do you enjoy the most to do when you're not creating/working? Reading ... painting .. drawing and, my favorite past-time, eating.
If you could snap your fingers and immediately possess the knowledge/skills of an entirely different discipline, what would that be, and why?
Conducting a symphony orchestra playing Benjamin Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra." Oh, what the heck, I would like to conduct a symphony orchestra for a full season. And that would be great fun because, as a 14-year-old, I played cello in a special youth concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Walter Hendl, and I never forgot the wonder and joy of doing so. That experience inspired my desire to step up on the podium and conduct the full orchestra myself -- someday!