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"Nowhere in New York City can you find anything like [The Lab]." (Chris Maresca, Puppet Artist)
St. Ann's Warehouse's experimental haven for artists developing interdisciplinary projects for puppet and object theater, The Lab, is now in its 15th year. Under the direction of Lab Director Matt Acheson, participating artists and their collaborators meet weekly over a period of nine months to develop projects, share puppetry elements and other design and technical ideas, discuss plot structure and character development, and work on narrative. Moderated critical discussion follows each presentation.
Each spring, St. Annís Warehouse presents LABAPALOOZA! A Mini- Festival of New Puppet Theater from The Lab, showcasing the works developed over the year.
Past participants have included composers, writers, filmmakers, designers, a childrenís book illustrator, an architect, a marine biologist, and a veterinarian. Artists work with objects, shadows, computer graphics, and water. They animate films, work in miniature and on a grand scale. The variety over the years has been mind-boggling.
Photograph: Jane Stein