Puppet Slam Brought to you by the Cincinnati Puppetry Guild
Nate Brown: The emcee of the evening, Nate Brown has been playing with puppets for as far back as he can remember. Nate honed his puppetry skills at the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference under the guidance of many world renowned puppeteers. In 2012 Nate performed Baby Bear on The Sesame Street float in The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Nate currently performs in Cleveland.
Linda Mason: Cincinnati Puppetry Guild President, Linda Mason started performing professionally at age 14. She has performed at Cincinnati Music Hall, Aronoff Center and has written educational puppet programs for The Cincinnati Health Department, Louisville Orchestra in addition to performing countless Fire Safety programs for The American Red Cross. She takes great joy in performing whether its with Marionette, Hand or Rod Puppets.
Christine Langford: Christine Langford is a practicing artist and an elementary Art Instructor in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design from the University of Cincinnati, and her Master of Arts degree in Art Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph. She moved from Indianapolis to Cincinnati in 1986. Her hats, abstract drawings and paintings have been exhibited in local galleries and shops since 1996. However, her recent artistic endeavors are in the area of Shadow Puppetry. As in her drawings and paintings, the mystery of light and shadow, along with the magic of transformation are ongoing themes.
Terrence Burke: Terrence Burke is the puppeteer behind Wump Mucket Puppets. His interest in puppetry began as a child growing up in Massachusetts in the 1960's watching Sesame Street, Kukla Fran & Ollie, and other classic puppet shows on television. Terrence takes a DiY (Do It Yourself) approach towards his puppet creations to design, build, write, and perform his puppet shows for children and their families in Greater Cincinnati since 2010. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and children and is a member of the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild and Puppeteers of America. More information at www.WumpMucketPuppets.com
Ryan Moore: Ryan Moore is a puppet builder and performer out of Mason, OH. He began creating puppets when his daughter was one year-old after he noticed that she was trying to “climb inside the TV to interact with the Muppets.” Ryan was first interested in Muppet-like puppetry but his interests in the art are expanding into other forms of puppetry. Ryan has performed at numerous venues and events, including churches, festivals, fund-raisers, and National Day of Puppetry. Ryan lives in Mason with his wife, Meagan, and their children, Owen and Addison. He runs and agency that provides care for people with mental retardation, works as an aid in a local nursing home, and is a full-time nursing student. Ryan has recently built puppets for a web-series and continues to create and sell new characters as time allows. This will mark his first performance in months since taking a hiatus to focus on school and his family. Ryan is a member of the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild and is the Guild News writer for their website, www.CincinnatiPuppetryGuild.com.