John Bell on American Puppet Modernism
Join us in celebrating the publication of the paperback edition of American Puppet Modernism: Essays on the Material World in Performance by Dr. John Bell. Bell, the Director of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, is an acclaimed puppeteer and theatre historian. He started his performance work as a member of Bread and Puppet Theater and is a founding member of the Brooklyn-based theater company Great Small Works. Joel Schechter, Editor of Popular Theatre writes of American Puppet Modernism, "The modernist puppet theatre's movement, from indigenous rituals to the Little Theatres to large political protests, proves to be a fascinating subject, which Bell animates with the expert knowledge, precision, and colorful details one expects from a master puppeteer and a leading scholar." Bell is also the author of Puppets, Masks, and Performing Objects, Strings, Hands, Shadows: A Modern Puppet History as well as numerous articles.