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MASS/RABBLE Corridors of Light

MASS/RABBLE, produced by Submersive Productions
MASS/RABBLE - Corridors of Light, 2019 (photo by Glenn Ricci)

The Institute of Visionary History

The Institute of Visionary History
The Institute of Visionary History and the Archives of the Deep Now, 2018 (photo by Glenn Ricci)

Minor Depression (puppet)

Minor Depression, marionette from "BATS!" 2018, (photo by Glenn Ricci)

nine days

nine days
"nine days," kiln formed and cold worked glass, 2012 (photo by Greg Staley)

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About Ursula

Baltimore City - Highlandtown A&E District

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Ursula Marcum is Co-Artistic Director of Baltimore-based Submersive Productions, a collaborative artworks company that creates original, site-specific, immersive works where artists and audiences engage together at the intersection of histories, mythologies and the immediate experience. Originally trained as a designer for theater and museum exhibitions, Marcum creates worlds both large and miniscule that invite the audience to be an essential part of the journey of the narrative. As a visual artist,... more

"MASS/RABBLE" - Performer, Mask Fabricator, Co-Producer

MASS/RABBLE, was an experimental, movement-based performance presented on April 4-7 and 12-14, 2019 at the Baltimore War Memorial, as the culmination of a two week residency through the War Memorial Arts Initiative. Devised with an ensemble of 28 performers of different ages, ethnicities, and gender identities, this piece, conceived by Lisi Stoessel and led by Stoessel and Yuko Kaseki, used elements of Butoh dance, mask, embodied sound, immersive audience techniques, lighting by Helen Garcia-Alton and an original soundscape by Glenn Ricci to explore themes of overpopulation and how masses of bodies are affected by politics, displacement, and violence in our current era.

I was one of the Core Ensemble Members for this piece, as well as a Mask Fabricator. MASS/RABBLE was produced by Submersive Productions, where I serve as Co-Artistic Director. Ensemble Members: Samantha Ankrom-Chickering, Francisco Benavides, Caitlin Bouxsein, David Brasington, Tina Canady, Tara Cariaso, Jessie Delaplaine, Nadya Elson, Hannah Fenster, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, E’Tona Ford, Rae Anna Hample, Bryan Hargraves, Katie Hileman, Max Huck, Tavia LaFollette, Kim Le, Mika Nakano, Marissa O’Guinn, Jessica Rassp, Trustina Sabah, Alexander Scally, Susan Stroupe, Kaya Vision, Natanya Washer, Caitlin Weaver, Matthew Williams and Jacob Zabawa.

  • MASS/RABBLE

    MASS/RABBLE, produced by Submersive Productions
    MASS/RABBLE - Animals, 2019 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
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    MASS/RABBLE, produced by Submersive Productions
    MASS/RABBLE - Corridors of Light, 2019 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
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    MASS/RABBLE, produced by Submersive Productions
    MASS/RABBLE - Floor, 2019 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
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    MASS/RABBLE, produced by Submersive Productions
    MASS/RABBLE - Breaking Through, 2019 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
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    MASS/RABBLE, produced by Submersive Productions
    MASS/RABBLE - Response, 2019 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
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    MASS/RABBLE, produced by Submersive Productions
    MASS/RABBLE - Tsunami, 2019 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
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    MASS/RABBLE, produced by Submersive Productions
    MASS/RABBLE - Masks, 2019 (photo by Glenn Ricci)

O'Neill Puppetry Conference 2019 - Performer, Fabricator

As a participant at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference I was an Ensemble Member for two workshop performances. The first, "Unsettling," was under the direction of Tracy Broyles. This workshop production explored ideas of migration, immigration and who and how those who came before are remembered. Ensemble Members: Ruth Burack-Lamberson, Andrew Cano, Erin Chmela, Lily Gershon, Cindy Hartigan, Heather Henson, Gina Leigh, Jess Rassp and Joel Schechter.
"Whiskey" was under the direction of Erin Chmela, who was also the concept originator and puppet fabricator for the piece. This production exemplified the complicated relationship of one man to his favorite intoxicant. Ensemble Members: Chris Caswell, Martin Kettling and Anthony Marotta.

  • "Unsettling"

    "Unsettling" ensemble theater performance at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference
    "Unsettling" Ensemble Performance - Suitcases, 2019 (photo by Richard Termine)
  • "Unsettling"

    "Unsettling" ensemble theater performance at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference
    "Unsettling" Ensemble Performance - Steamer, 2019 (photo by Richard Termine)
  • "Unsettling"

    "Unsettling" ensemble theater performance at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference
    "Unsettling" Ensemble Performance - Steamer Departs, 2019 (photo by Richard Termine)
  • "Unsettling"

    "Unsettling" ensemble theater performance at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference
    "Unsettling" Ensemble Performance - Stories, 2019 (photo by Richard Termine)
  • "Unsettling"

    "Unsettling" ensemble theater performance at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference
    "Unsettling" - Stories, 2019 (photo by Richard Termine)
  • "Whiskey"

    "Whiskey"ensemble puppet piece at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference 2019
    "Whiskey" Ensemble Performance - Spilled Drink, 2019 (photo by Richard Termine)
  • "Whiskey"

    "Whiskey"ensemble puppet piece at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference 2019
    "Whiskey" Ensemble Performance - Waves, 2019 (photo by Richard Termine)
  • "Whiskey"

    "Whiskey"ensemble puppet piece at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference 2019
    "Whiskey" Ensemble Performance - Waves Settling, 2019 (photo by Richard Termine)
  • "Whiskey"

    "Whiskey"ensemble puppet piece at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference 2019
    "Whiskey" Ensemble Performance - Lover Appears, 2019 (photo by Richard Termine)
  • "Whiskey"

    "Whiskey"ensemble puppet piece at the O'Neill Puppetry Conference 2019
    "Whiskey" Ensemble Performance - Lover Beckons, 2019 (photo by Richard Termine)

"The Institute of Visionary History and the Archives of the Deep Now" - Designer, Fabricator, Co-Producer, Wall Operator

Designed with small audiences in mind, The Institute of Visionary History and the Archives of the Deep Now was produced by Submersive Productions and took place in a one-room installation that was introduced as a "thin place," a place where one can more easily transcend our present reality and contact other planes, places, and times. Audience members were inducted as researchers, then led to the room to conduct an experiment where they inhabited the world with the performers. In addition to the performance, the room was activated using light, projections, sound and object theater. Six original "Episodes" were devised with eight different performers for this run throughout the fall of 2018 in The Peale Center in downtown Baltimore. Each Episode took place in the same installation, which was modified for each show. In collaboration with Josh Aterovis, Glenn Ricci and Susan Stroupe, I designed the room and served as Prop Master and Wall Operator for each of the Episodes.
In 2019, we presented revised versions of Episode 2 - "Project P.S." by Mika Nakano and Episode 3 - "Altar Ego" by Kim Le.

"BATS!" - Designer, Puppet Fabricator, Puppeteer, Co-Producer

Written and performed by artist Michele Minnick, "BATS!" was a mixed media, interactive contemplation on the nature of fear and madness. With a high level of audience engagement and participation, the story unfolded with the use of text and live accordion music by Minnick, projections and soundscapes by Glenn Ricci, original drawings by Chelsea Demitras and puppetry in the Marquee Lounge at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore in 2018. As a part of the Production Team, I served as Puppet Fabricator and Puppeteer, as well as Props Manager and Set Dresser. The show was produced by Submersive Productions, where I serve as Co-Artistic Director.

  • Minor Depression (puppet)

    Minor Depression puppet in "BATS!"
    Minor Depression, marionette in "BATS!" 2018 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Genny (puppet)

    Genny puppet in "BATS!"
    Genny, rod puppet in "BATS!" 2018 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Genny and the Audience

    Genny in performance in "BATS!"
    Genny, pictured with performer Michele Minnick and puppeteer Caitlin Bouxsein."BATS!" 2018 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Audience at "BATS!"

    BATS! performance at the Creative Alliance
    Performer Michele Minnick engages with the audience. "BATS!" 2018 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Audience at "BATS!"

    BATS! performance at the Creative Alliance
    Audience participates in one of the final moments of the show. "BATS!" 2018 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • The Bar

    scenic detail from "BATS!"
    Scenic Detail, "BATS!" 2018 (photo by Glenn Ricci)

"H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum" - Prop Master, Puppet Fabricator, Puppeteer, Set Dresser, Co-Producer

"H. T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Acquisitions from the Perisphere" was a four story immersive adventure that activated The Peale Center in downtown Baltimore - the first purpose built museum in the United States - consisting of two full award-winning runs, one in the spring and one in the fall of 2017. The "Musaeum" was filled with a number of "specimens" from a distant planet, brought back by intrepid explorer H.T. Darling.

During the performance, multiple narratives were happening in the building simultaneously, and the audience was invited to inhabit the world with the performers and choose their own path. Over twenty performers and artists devised and collaborated to create this project. I fabricated several of the puppet specimens and was part of the team of puppeteers during both runs. I also served as the Props Master, Set Dresser and Co-Producer for the show. The show was produced by Submersive Productions, where I serve as Co-Artistic Director.

  • Bearsnake (puppet)

    Bearsnake puppet from H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum
    The Bearsnake, a hand puppet shown with performer Trustina Fafa Sabah. H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum, 2017 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Bearsnake (puppet)

    Bearsnake puppet from H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum
    The Bearsnake "living specimen" interacts with performer Trustina Fafa Sabah and audience members. H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum, 2017 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Cave Urchin (puppet)

    Cave Urchin puppet from H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum
    The Cave Urchin hand puppet. H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum, 2017 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Toothy Creature (puppet)

    Toothy Creature puppet from H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum
    The Toothy Creature hand puppet. H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum, 2017 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Fuzzy Slug (puppet)

    Fuzzy Slug puppet from H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum
    The Fuzzy Slug rod puppet. H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum, 2017 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Moss Hedgehog (puppet)

    Moss Hedeghog puppet from H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum
    The Moss Hedgehog hand puppet, shown with puppeteer Jessica Rassp and performer Alex Vernon. Made in collaboration with artist and performer Lisi Stoessel. H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum, 2017 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • The Grand Hall

    The Grand Hall from H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum
    The Grand Hall featured many "living specimens" and objects from the planet New Galapagos. Found on the second floor of H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum, 2017 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • The Net Room

    The Net Room belonged to the character of Maxilla (played by Trustina Fafa Sabah, pictured here with audience).

"The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe" - Prop Master, Set Dresser, Co-Producer

"The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe" was an immersive theater experience based on the women in the life and fiction of Poe, staged in the Enoch Pratt House in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. A collaborative, multi-disciplinary work that incorporated performance, soundscapes and art installation, thirty artists devised and created "a world both bizarre and beautiful" for two separate runs in the Spring and Fall of 2015. As Co-Producer, Prop Designer/Fabricator and Set Dresser, I created objects and installations to be encountered and discovered by audience members during their visit.

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    The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe at the Enoch Pratt House
    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe," 2015
  • Sarah Contemplates

    The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe at the Enoch Pratt House
    Performers Shannon Graham and David Brasington inhabit the world of "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe," 2015 (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Violin

    The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe at the Enoch Pratt House
    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe," 2015
  • Ring for Service

    The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe at the Enoch Pratt House
    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe," 2015
  • Stereoscopic Evidence

    The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe at the Enoch Pratt House
    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe," 2015
  • This It Is

    The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe at the Enoch Pratt House
    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe," 2015
  • Eyes

    The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe at the Enoch Pratt House
    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe," 2015
  • Decanter/Glasses Bound

    The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe at the Enoch Pratt House
    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe," 2015
  • Brambles

    The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe at the Enoch Pratt House
    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe," 2015
  • Bird Cages

    The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe at the Enoch Pratt House
    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe," 2015

"Unfriendly Skies: Birds, Buildings, and Collisions" - visual artist

"Unfriendly Skies: Birds, Buildings and Collisions" was a group exhibition curated by Baltimore artist Lynne Parks. It was first mounted at the Silber Art Gallery at Goucher College in the spring of 2015, then expanded and remounted at the School of Art at George Mason University in the fall of 2015. The three pieces that I created for the exhibition grapple with the horrible loss of birds to building strikes, light pollution and other man-made issues.

"breath" series - visual artist

The human acts of collecting, capturing and cataloging the material of the world are central themes in my work. But what about the things that we gather that have no physical manifestation? Inspired by the act of meditation, the "breath" series seeks to illustrate the elusive quality of every in-and-out breath, and the difficulty that lies in harnessing our attention back to that simple act.

  • growth, 2013

    growth, kilnformed glass artwork by Ursula Marcum
    kilnformed and coldworked glass with precious metal inclusions 4.75" x 8" x .5" (photo by Greg Staley)
  • detail, growth, 2013

    growth, kilnformed glass artwork by Ursula Marcum
    (photo by Greg Staley)
  • woven, 2013

    woven, kilnformed glass artwork by Ursula Marcum
    kilnformed and coldworked glass with precious metal inclusions 4.25" x 8.5" x .5" (photo by Greg Staley)
  • one, 2013

    one, kilnformed glass artwork by Ursula Marcum
    kilnformed and coldworked glass, precious metal inclusions 3.5" x 5" x .5" (photo by Greg Staley)
  • detail, one, 2013

    one, kilnformed glass artwork by Ursula Marcum
    (photo by Greg Staley)
  • jagged, 2014

    jagged, kilnformed glass artwork by Ursula Marcum
    kilnformed and coldworked glass, precious metal inclusions 4" x 13" x .5" assembled (photo by Greg Staley)

the "Caithness" series - visual artist

The pieces in this series are inspired by my residency in Lybster, Scotland at North Lands Creative in July of 2012. The landscape there retains evidence of the hands that have shaped it for centuries, and there is a continuing dialogue between the natural materials native to the place and the humans that have gathered those materials and put them to use.

"bird:wing" series - visual artist

Birds have appeared in mythology and literature as messengers, omens, wise beings and fragile connections to the heavens. Scientists collect the physical manifestations of birds, but others collect the sightings of these creatures. This series is inspired by birds both real and imagined, and the human pursuit of both.

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