Created sixteen wearable soft-sculptures, based on various creatures living in the Delaware River. This was created as part of the interactive theater in the River Alive! permanent exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, which educates viewers about the beauty and challenges of the Delaware River. In this installation, viewers are invited to activate river stories through interactive lighting, sounds, and wearables in an immersive environment. Wearables are primarily made from found and recycled materials. Lighting by Dwain Decker, sound by Will Owen, and set by Creative Machines and Will Owen. Envisioned and managed by Victoria Prizzia.
Transformations (Collaborative Installation)
Transformations is an installation made from 100+ individual sculptures, collaboratively created by 200+ students from Pre-K to 9th Grade at British International School in New York, where I was a visiting artist for one week. Working with found and recycled materials, students were challenged to transform the materials into something interesting and unrecognizable, while working within a colour family. Students of different grades continuously built off of each other’s sculptures demonstrating the spirit of collaboration and adaptation. The expressive workshops were centered around material exploration, transformation, collaboration, play and intuition, mimicking my creative process. Reflecting the idea of Transformations, in this process, students transformed both discarded materials and transformed an often overlooked space in the school community. How can these small transformations inform our own power to transform ourselves, our surroundings and our world?
I facilitated the workshops and the installation, in collaboration with the school’s amazing art teachers, Alana Grainsky and Laya Ballesteros. The process of this installation was adapted from Belongings, which I developed with art teacher Keriann Armusewicz.
A collaborative installation I facilitated at Phillip Brooks School in San Francisco. This installation is made from 200+ individual sculptures, created from 250+ students from K-5, using all found + recycled materials. These workshops were centered around material exploration, transformation, play, and intuition, mimicking my own creative process. Belongings lives in their school library; I love imagining students’ spending time with the installation, searching for their sculptural contribution - seeing their piece as part of a larger whole.
Created in collaboration with PBS’ art teacher, Keriann Armusewicz.
Photo Credit: Jon Wheatley
Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theatre
Set + Prop Designer for Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theatre. Created lightweight, portable pieces, primarily made from found + recycled materials, including fabrics, foam, water bottles, packaging, and other plastics. The show addressed environmental issues pertinent to the state of Florida, where the troupe (and the set + props!) toured the free show… on bicycles! Find out more about Agile Rascals here.
Big thank you to AIRIE (Artists-in-Residence in Everglades) and Aloha Redland for hosting us while we devised this original play! And thank you to the wonderful Rascals on this team: Dara Silverman (Artist Director/ Writer), Jenny Hipscher (Director), Jackie Rivera (Production Manager/ Performer), Miguel Alejandra Castillo (Lighting Designer/ Performer), Kendrick Haunt (Costume Designer/ Performer), Michael Hulburt (Performer), Joel Knopf (Composer/ Performer), Ashley Whiting (Performer), Susan Freinkel (Journalist), and Nick Zelle (Intern).
Photo Credit to Images from Show: Nick Zelle
Harold of Good Ideas
“The Harold of Good Ideas: The daydreams of a kid in science class come to life in this series of musical shorts about local environmental problems and big ideas for the future...”
Costume, prop, and visual designer for Superhero Clubhouse’s production. Superhero Clubhouse is an NYC-based eco-theater company dedicated to making holistically ecological theater for diverse audiences. Aligning with the company’s and my own ethos, the props and costumes were made primarily with found and recycled materials. Fabricated props include a reversible white board-to-window (with help of Amir Badawi) and a moving fish puppet.
High Line Installation
Commissioned to create a lively, inviting, and family-friendly installation for the High Line Family Festival - a free three day pop-up event that offers workshops, performances, and programs for families. Celebrating the diversity and joy of plant life on the High Line, I designed several backdrops and tactile elements that would be engaging for kids (and adults!), using primarily recycled materials.
Big Green Theatre Spring 2019
Big Green Theater (BGT) is an eco-playwriting program for Bushwick and Ridgewood public elementary students that uplifts the imaginations of young people most impacted by our new climate reality and brings their ideas to life on stage. BGT aims to inspire students to manifest a sustainable and just community by using the power of their creative voice.
I was the prop designer for Superhero Clubhouse’s and the Bushwick Starr’s Spring 2019 Big Green Theatre show. I created playful props from all found + recycled materials, echoing the ethos of the work.
More photos to come!
“Neighbors: a musical tale of two trees and two abuellas, all in need of connection on a record-hot summer day in New York City.”
Costume, prop, and visual designer for Superhero Clubhouse’s production. Superhero Clubhouse is an NYC-based eco-theater company dedicated to making holistically ecological theater for diverse audiences. Aligning with the company’s and my own ethos, the props and costumes were made primarily with found and recycled materials. Designed and created a tree costume, as well as designed and sourced the abuellas’ costumes and set design for their homes.
Photo Credit: Dylan River Lopez
“Kurt Weill’s long-lost orchestrations will be heard in New York City for the first time since the American premiere in 1925. Appealing to children and adults alike, this enchanting dance and chamber music work tells about a child whose toys come to life. Choreographer Jody Oberfelder creates compelling characters based on the dynamic score performed by the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra.”
Prop Designer for Jody Oberfelder’s Zaubernacht. Created a Jack-in-the-Box and an abstract Russian Doll costume. The show was featured in the New York Times and performed at the Jewish Heritage Museum in downtown Manhattan.