I grew up invisible – painfully shy, my family moving from state to state. My turning point didn’t come until, in a Masters program at Rhode Island School of Design, clearly selected by an inner self who knew this was the first of many cliffs I needed to jump off, 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. I began to become visible through a silent medium of story.
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.
However, 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.
Except then I had to face an audience – another cliff to jump off. Safely behind the scrim curtain, I did it, performing my original stories in small theaters and malls. 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.