Boom Slam Puppet Jam Presented by the Children's Museum and Boom ConceptsSaturday, November 14, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
(run-time 60 min) * please note the 1:00 PM start time*
Puppet Karaoke, collaborative performance project of Dave English and DS Kinsel, is exactly what it sounds like: – karaoke using puppets! Puppet Karaoke provides a unique new way to perform your favorite tunes or explore new music with friends and family. Don’t have a great voice? Not sure about Karaoke? Curious about the wonderful world of puppets? Need a place to express yourself? Puppet Karaoke provides the place for performers across experience to have a rocking hip hop rolling good time.
This fall, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, BOOM Concepts’ Puppet Karaoke and University of Pittsburgh SCREENSHOP: ASIA collaborate to bring you an interactive puppet experience that invites families to participate in free online puppet-making workshops and be a part of the virtual event: BOOM Jam Puppet Slam! This puppet focused adventure is in conjunction with a current exhibit trapped in the Children’s Museum’s Art Studio, Puppets: A Beautiful Fantasy. This exhibit is inspired by puppets from the Children’s Museum’s Margo Lovelace Collection and the rich puppet history of Pittsburgh and the world. Full lineup of activities can be found here: museumlab.org/events
Dave English, puppeteer/educator/playwright, received a BFA in Theater and Puppetry from West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts. He is a Flight School Fellow, National Puppetry Conference Alum, A Brew House Association Distillery Artist, A F.I.N.E. Art Resident at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, an Artist Opportunity Grant recipient, BOOM Studio Artist, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Friend’s of Music Fellow, and a 2019 New Hazlett CSA Artist producing a full length puppet film, “The Dragon of Polish Hill” with added support from a Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative grant. Dave lives in Polish Hill making puppets, teaching online, and writing new shows.
D.S. Kinsel is an award winning creative entrepreneur and cultural agitator. He expresses his creativity through the mediums of painting, installation, curating, non-traditional performance and public art. Kinsel’s work focuses on themes of space keeping, urban tradition, hip-hop, informalism and cultural re-appropriation. D.S. has served in numerous creative residencies throughout the U.S. and is the co-founder of BOOM Concepts, founded in 2014. BOOM Concepts is a creative hub dedicated to the advancement of black and brown artists representing marginalized communities.
English and Kinsel bring 25+ years of experience around education, community contextual practice, non traditional performance art, and arts nonprofit management to this collaboration. Puppet Karaoke is a vehicle for the two to appreciate American popular music, engage black/brown audiences in culturally relevant puppet experiences, explore diverse representation in performance arts, and present intergenerational arts experiences for families.