Puppetry captured me step by step. In a Masters program at Rhode Island School of Design, for some unknown reason, I took a class in Creative Dramatics. There, I was exposed to the voiceless art form of mime, which I loved and went on to study further – loving the art form for its ability to express story without words.
I was also building small models of soft sculptures which I envisioned as giant public pieces to bring people together in play. With the scraps, I made puppets to sell at craft fairs – very boring. Why I chose to make puppets I really don’t know.
Then, all this rolled together when I saw whole stories in the single image cartoons of Gahan Wilson and I built soft sculptured miming puppets to bring these to life.
But was I ready face an audience? Safely behind the scrim curtain, I did it, performing my original stories in small theaters and malls. Years later, when I began working in schools, to connect to curriculum areas, I drew on my copious reading background, and began to build folklore based shows.