Susan Haas moderates a panel with John Bell, Sandy Spieler, Michael Montenegro, Janie Geiser and Michael Sommers at Open Eye Figure Theatre.
00:00: Introduction of panelists.
07:30: Each panelist discusses how they came to figure work.
23:13: Accounting for the power of the puppet.
35:25: The current state of puppetry.
50:58: What the panel is currently turning around in their artistic lives.
1:07:55: We transition into the Q&A portion.
1:09:16: Puppetry and collaboration.
1:22:56: What shows or artists that have personally inspired the panelists.
1:24:53: How the panelists feel ideas and work is generated.
1:26:50: Art and politics.
Special thanks to Andy Kraft and Susan Haas for inviting me to record!