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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

The Puppet As Metaphoric Being

  • 2011
  • Arts & Culture

John and Carol Farrell are the Co-Directors of Figures of Speech Theatre, a company they founded in 1982 to explore the interplay of puppets, actors, shadows, music, movement, and masks. Figures of Speech Theatre creates work that illuminates our relationship to the earth, the inherent value of all cultures, and the balance between individual vision and community obligation.

The company has toured all over the world – from Tokyo, Japan, to Lima, Peru. Besides performing at venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, and the New Victory Theatre on Broadway, the company retains a strong commitment to teaching and performing in rural schools and theater venues throughout its home state of Maine.

Figures of Speech Theatre is a four-time recipient of the coveted UNIMA Citation of Excellence, the highest distinction in American puppet theatre, as well as numerous grant awards from organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Long interested in and influenced by Japanese aesthetic principles, in 1999-2000 John and Carol lived and studied in Japan for six months under a Fellowship from the Japan-US Friendship Commission’s Creative Artists Program. For more information of Figures of Speech, visit www.figures.org.