All About janecatherineshaw

Jane Catherine Shaw

janecatherineshaw.lamama@gmail.com

MFA Directing, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Dean’s List   2009

‪BA Theater Arts, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  

Curator, La MaMa Puppet Slam         

‪Co-Founder/Curator, Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival, Theater for the New City, NYC

‪Member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab

Member, La MaMa Kids Committee

‪Founder/Director, Mime Troupe, Theatre Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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‪Original Work - Writer/Designer/Director

2018 FRAMED: THE MOTHER GOOSE CHRONICLES Commissioned work for La MaMa Kids

2016 CALPURNIA COYOTE COMES TO THE BIG CITY Commissioned work for La MaMa Kids

2015 THE BLUE MARBLE Commissioned work for La MaMa Kids

‪2013 FOLLOWING THE WIND: TALES FROM THE NEW WORLD.  Commissioned work for La MaMa Kids

‪2012 PELANDOK THE MOUSE DEER AND OTHER TALES FROM MALAYSA. Commissioned work for Stepping Stones  Museum for Children, CT.

‪2010 FOLKTALES OF ASIA AND AFRICA. La MaMa International Puppet Series

‪2010 THIRST: MEMORY OF WATER.  La MaMa

‪2010 FOLKTALES OF ASIA AND AFRICA.   BAM, NY

‪2005 UNIVERSE EXPANDING.  La MaMa, NY

‪2001 BED OF LIGHT. La MaMa, NY

‪1998 THE LONE RUNNER. La MaMa, and Theater For The New City NY, NY

‪1995 ANNA’S JOURNEY. Women On Fire, Atlanta GA

‪1994 BURNING. Women On Fire

‪1993 NOSTRADAMUS SPEAKS!  800 East Performance Gallery, Atlanta GA

‪1991 FOLKTALES OF NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA. Center For Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, GA

‪1991 FAIRYTALES OF EUROPE. Center For Puppetry Arts

‪1991 FOLKTALES OF ASIA AND AFRICA. Center For Puppetry Arts

‪1990 BETWEEN A ROCK AND WHERE THE HEART LIES. Nexus Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

‪1990 A SLEEPWALKER ON EARL. Center For Puppetry Arts XPT (Xperimental Puppetry Theatre)

‪1989 ON THE RED RIVER. Center For Puppetry Arts XPT     

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‪Professional Experience – Collaborations

THERE’S BLOOD AT THE WEDDING: Songs For Lorca -  Puppet technical design and rigging, performer-Theodora Skipitares – La MaMa

I ONCE FOUND MYSELF IN AN ISOLATION CHAMBER-collaborator and performer with Chris Ignacio, The Tank

MERMAID’S HOWL Costume design and construction – Marina Celander – La MaMa

SHAKESPEAR’S SISTER – Set, costume and projection design and construction – Marina Celander at Dixon Place

BLOOD WEDDING Puppet technical design and rigging-Theodora Skipitares

SIX CHARACTERS (A Family Album) Puppet technical design/construction and rigging/performer-Theodora Skipitares

‪2013-2014 THE CHAIRS Puppet technical design/construction and rigging-Theodora Skipitares

‪2013 SLEEPING RHYME  Puppet design and construction-Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Seoul, South Korea

‪2012 PROMETHEUS WITHIN Puppet technical design/construction and rigging-Theodora Skipitares

‪2011

‪LYSISTRATA Puppet technical design/construction and rigging-Theodora Skipitares

‪ARJUNA’S DILEMMA Mask and Puppet design-Pioneers Go East, Opera America Competition

‪2010

‪SECRET LOVE IN PEACH BLOSSOM LAND Set Design-Terry OReilly/New School for Drama

‪I FIORETTI IN MUSICA Puppet and Mask Design and Construction-Gian Marco LoForte/ Pioneers Go East 

‪2009

‪THE LITTLE BABY SNOOGLE - FLEEJAR Puppet Design and Construction-Weaver Academy

‪DOG SHOW Director, Play reading -The Gallery Players, NY

‪MAY-DECEMBER WITH THE NOSE AND CLAMMY Puppet/Costume Design/Construction - NY Fringe Festival/Mind the Art

‪MIKA  Puppet Design/Construction -“tiyatro global” at the United Nations

‪2008

CLOWN CHICKEN GOES TO BROADWAY Puppet Design/Construction-Samuel French New Play Festival

‪PETER AND THE WOLF Co-Director/Puppetry Design/Construction - Matrix Music and Terry O’Reilly

‪THE CAT WHO WENT TO HEAVEN Puppet Design/Construction - Nancy Harrow

2006  THE MAGIC PITCHER Collaborator Direction/Design with Ilir Dragovoja- International Centre Of Culture, Tirana, Albania

‪2006/2007 THE LUDICROUS TRIAL OF MR. P Collaborator /Direction/Design/Construction with Susan Yankowitz – HERE Arts Center

‪2004 ISHARA PUPPET FESTIVAL, NEW DEHLI, INDIA Puppet Designer/Builder - La MaMa, Ellen Stewart, Theodora Skipitares

‪2003

DOLL HOUSE Puppet Designer/Director - Mabou Mines  6 Marionettes operated in tandem by 6 Puppeteers from behind and below.

‪BALLAD OF YACHIO Puppet Design/Construction/Director - Tooth and Nil Theatre Company/Theatre On Two

‪2002 USEFUL TABLES Director - Ed Woodham/St Ann’s Puppet Lab

1999 RED BEADS, Workshop, Walker Center, Minneapolis Collaborator/Skeletal Dog Puppet Design/Construction -  Lee Breuer/Mabou Mines

1995 YOUTH WITHOUT AGE, LIFE WITHOUT DEATH Collaborator Direction/Design/Construction - Erica Bilder/La MaMa - Assos Theater Festival, Turkey

1993-1994

WE REMEMBER, WE DO NOT FORGET Collaborator/Human Shadow Director/Puppet Design/Construction/Director - Sandy Corley, Atlanta Georgia

‪PYRAMID OF LIGHTS Collaborator/Human Shadow Director/Puppet Design/Construction/Director - Sandy Corley, Atlanta Georgia

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‪Puppet Building

Theodora Skipitares

‪2010, LYSISTRATA, 

2009 THE TRAVELING PLAYERS PRESENT THE WOMEN OF TROY

2008 MEDEA 

‪2004 THE ODYSSEY

2003 HELEN QUEEN OF SPARTA 

2001 OPTIC FEVER

1999 BODY OF CRIME 

1996 UNDER THE KNIFE​

Ellen Stewart’s Great Jones Repertory Company, La MaMa

‪2009 ASCLEPIUS

‪2004 MOTEL

‪Mabou Mines, Lee Breuer

‪2002 ECCO PORCO

‪2000 ANIMAL MAGNETISM

‪1996 PETER AND WENDY (also Co-Puppetry Director, original cast)

‪Julie Taymor  

‪1999 THE GREEN BIRD

‪Millennium Celebrations, Times Square, Stephan Kaplin

‪1999-2000 UNDER THE SEA puppets for the Times Square Parade

‪Sundance Summer Children’s Theatre, Theodora Skipitares

‪1997 THE ENCHANTED PIG

‪Director/Puppet Builder/Costumer for Vagabond Marionettes

‪1995 ANANSI

‪1994 HANSEL AND GRETEL

‪1993 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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‪Master Puppeteer

‪Inkfish Productions, NY, NY

‪2006 THE NOSE

Mabou Mines, Lee Breuer

‪2002 ECCO PORCO

‪1996 PETER AND WENDY

‪1995 EPIDOG

‪Theodora Skipitares

‪2013-2014 THE CHAIRS

‪2012 PROMETHEIUS WITHIN

‪1999 BODY OF CRIME

‪1998 HARLOT’S PROGRESS

‪1996 UNDER THE KNIFE

‪1991 THE RADIANT CITY

Lincoln Center Lab

‪1997 A VISIT TO THE FOOTBINDER

‪Janie Geiser  

‪1994 EVIDENCE OF FLOODS

‪Nexus Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

‪1994 DESOTO

‪Theatrical Outfit/Neil Bogan, Atlanta, GA  

‪1992 THE DEAD COULD NOT AFFORD HEAVEN


‪1987-1992  Resident Artist at the Center For Puppetry Arts; CHARACTER VOICES AND PUPPET MANIPULATION:

‪SNOW WHITE, BRER RABBIT, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, PINNOCHIO, JUST SO STORIES, HANZEL AND GRETEL, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, WINNIE THE POOH,  DINOSAURS (ORIGINAL CO-AUTHOR), PUSS IN BOOTS,  WIZARD OF OZ, CINDERELLA, PETER PAN, HEAVEN HELL TOUR (ALSO COSTUME DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION),  DEFENDERS OF THE CODE, AGE OF INVENTION, THE BOX OF NIGHT, ALICE IN WONDERLAND(ADULT), THE COMET OPERA

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‪Media

‪1995 DINOTOPIA Interactive game- Turner Interactive

‪Master Puppeteer 

‪1994 ZARRF’S WORLD- Children’s show pilot

‪Master Puppeteer 

‪1993 MURDER BY NUMBER Overhead Projector Shadow Puppetry/Graphics –- CNN Special Reports

‪Design/Construction/Execution 

‪1987-1992 PSA puppetry announcements filmed at Atlanta, GA area television studios

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‪Acting

‪Atlanta, GA

‪1993 THE LAST FAIRY TALE- Actress/Puppeteer Alliance Theater

‪1985 ATLANTA MIME FESTIVAL Mime

‪1984 TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY MERCER Soloist

‪1983 CHAMBER MUSIC Amelia Earhart

‪1982 THE FLYING DOCTOR and CALLINDRINO’S ILLNESS- Commedia ensemble member

‪Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

‪1980 CABARET Sally Bowles

‪1980 JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS- Soloist

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‪Technical Experience

‪2011 ANGELS OF SWEDENBORG, Ping Chong/La MaMa Great Jones Rep-Costumes and angel wing construction.

‪1997-2009

‪Ellen Stewart’s Great Jones Repertory Company, La MaMa Theater - Costume Construction and Repair -

‪2009 THE BRAIN Stage Management - Inkfish Art & Little Angel Theatre, Suspense Festival, London

2008 LOBBY HERO Stage Management - Brooklyn College

‪2006 - 2007

‪LES Festival Light/Sound Board OP/Light Tech

‪Light Board OP- Theater For The New City

2006 MAJOR KOVALEV’S VARIETY SHOW

‪1981 GODSPELL Spotlight Operator - Virginia Museum Theater

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‪Street Performance-Mime

‪Piedmont Arts Festival - Atlanta, GA - four festivals

‪MARTA Summer Festival - Atlanta, GA

‪Little Five Points Street Festival - Atlanta, GA

‪Street Performance-Puppetry

‪2007 Lincoln Center - SUMMER OF LOVE FESTIVAL

‪Underground Atlanta -  Atlanta, GA

‪South Street Seaport – NY

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Curating/Producing

La MaMa Puppet Slam 2014-present

Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival-2001-2014

‪XPT experimental new works for puppetry for adult audiences - Center For Puppetry Arts

‪FTW new works for puppetry for family audiences - Center For Puppetry Arts

‪Cofounder/Curator Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival 2004-2007 & 2009 at Theater for The New City, NY

‪Founder/Director - Mime Troupe, Theatre Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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‪Teaching -

2018 The New School - Professor Puppetry and the Digital Avatar

2017 Brooklyn College - Adjunct Professor Puppetry

‪2013 & 2014 Rutgers-Guest Workshop Instructor, Rod Puppet building and Manipulation Clinic

‪2013 Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Seoul, South Korea. Shadow Puppetry, Light and Manipulation Techniques.

‪2012  HB Studios, Alec Harrington, Director.  Selected scenes King Henry VI: Puppet design, construction, and direction.

‪2010 Barnard College-Guest Workshop Instructor in Shadow Puppetry, Masks and Rod Puppetry

‪2010 NYU - Guest Speaker-Puppetry

‪2009 NYU - Shadow Puppetry; construction and techniques

‪2009 Manchester Community College Festival, CT - Shadow Puppetry; construction and techniques

‪2008 Children’s Museum, NY - Shadow Puppetry; construction and techniques

‪2008 NYU - Rod Puppets; construction and techniques

‪2007-2008 Rikers Island, NY - Shadow Puppets for literacy

‪2004-2006 Pratt Institute, NY - Light and Shadow techniques with emphasis on Overhead Projector

‪1995 TAL, Istanbul, Turkey- Light and Shadow techniques with emphasis on Overhead Projector

‪1994 Piccadilly Puppets - Callaway Gardens Hand/Glove Puppet Construction/ Vocal techniques for characterization for company members Atlanta, GA.

‪1992-1993 Vagabond Marionettes, Atlanta, GA - Marionette manipulation and vocal techniques for characterization for company members

‪1993 Cool Girls After School Club, Atlanta, GA - Found Object Puppetry Workshop

‪1992 Youth Summer Camp, Atlanta, GA - On Screen shadow puppet construction and manipulation improvisations

‪1991 Kennesaw State Park, Atlanta, GA - Hand and rod puppet manipulation workshop

‪1990 Atlanta Puppetry Guild - Found Object Puppetry Workshop and improvisation

‪1982-1985 Company Kaye Dance /Mime Company Atlanta, GA - Mime techniques—various workshops in Metro Atlanta area /Valdosta College - Mime techniques

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‪Teaching - Artist in Residence

‪2010-2018 Brooklyn Arts Council: After school Puppetry Workshops: Rod or Marionette puppet making and manipulation.

‪2012-2018 Shadow Box Theatre: In School Puppetry Residencies: Various Puppetry Styles

‪2012 Laura Adasko Lenzner Art Residency-Bank Street College/ School for Children: Shadow Puppet construction

‪2004 PS 220 Queens - Hand Puppets and Folktales for second graders.

‪2003 PS 220 Queens - Hand Puppets and Shakespeare for second graders.

‪2002 PS 220 Queens - Shadow Puppets and Fairy Tales for second graders.

‪2001 PS 99 Queens - Hand Puppets and Shakespeare for third graders.

‪1999 PS 99 Queens - Hand Puppets and Shakespeare for third graders.

‪1997 The Old Stone House in Byrne Park, Brooklyn - After School Program for high school students; puppet construction, script writing and performance.

‪1996-1998 Puppetry In Practice, NY - Taught in schools and After School Programs throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island - 

‪shadow puppetry, toy theatre, hand puppets, hand and rod puppets and pop up cards and books, from grades one through high school. Shadow puppetry techniques for teacher enhancement program at Brooklyn College.

‪1982-1985 Company Kaye Dance /Mime Company - Mime techniques for full time students at the studio.

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‪Publications and Panels

2014, Presenter, Objects, Environments, and Actants” Symposium at UConn 

‪2011-2012 Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival Blogspot   http://voice4visionpuppetfestival.blogspot.com/    Various articles and posts.

‪2008 Theater for the New City. Puppetry with a Social Conscience, Panelist

‪Rehearsing RC, Puppetry Journal. Spring 1992. Vol 43 # 3

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‪Awards/Grants

‪2009 - Dean’s List - Brooklyn College;

‪2009 - Who’s Who in American Colleges - Brooklyn College 

‪2008 - Joel Zwick Directing Scholarship Award - Brooklyn College 

‪2004 and 2005 - Mabou Mines RAP 

‪2004 -  Henson Foundation Production Grant - UNIVERSE EXPANDING

‪2001 and 2002 - Arts at St Ann’s Puppet Lab/Labapalooza 

‪2000 - HERE Dream Music Grant – BED OF LIGHT; 

‪2006 - Henson Foundation Seed Grant / HERE Dream Music - Susan Yankowitz’s THE LUDICROUS TRIAL OF MR P; 

‪1987  - UNIMA USA and Institut International de la Marionette - Grant for studies of Bunraku sculpting and Kuruma Ningyo manipulation in Charleville-Mezierre, France; 

1981 - Helen Hayes Award for Contributions to Theater - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 


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