St. Ann’s Warehouse’s experimental haven for artists developing interdisciplinary projects for puppet and object theater, Puppet Lab, is now in its 18th year. Under the direction of Matt Acheson and Krissy Smith, 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. Ann’s 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 children’s 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.