H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum
H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum: Treasures of New Galapagos, Acquisitions from the Perisphere
Directed By: Lisi Stoessel, Susan Stroupe, Glenn Ricci
I was a contributing artist and puppeteer for this fully immersive theatre experience. The explorer, H.T. Darling has traveled to another planet called New Galapagos to obtain 'alien' creatures to collect and put on display in 'his' museum. Many specimen characters were puppets, and as a puppeteer, I developed the characters and moments between actors, while also improvising puppetry with audiences in direct interactions. I enjoy spontaneous, improvisational puppetry because it feels so playful and in the moment. My contributions to the Musaeum were: the Ice Picker Bird and her three Nestlings, Bird Moth, Polar Barong, Goddess Mask, and Hydra Snail. All are adapted to the environment on New Galapagos and play into the mythology of the peoples of that planet. Inventing creatures for another world was an exciting artistic exploration, and our team collaborated well to create a unique, out-of-this-world experience.