Resume

EDUCATION

The University of Chicago (Chicago IL), Sep 2009 – Jun 2013
• Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Theater & Performance Studies and Anthropology

King George V School (Hong Kong), Sep 2001 – Jun 2009
International Baccalaureate


PUPPETRY PRODUCTION LIST

Independent Work

Time, at Puppet Playlist #30: Home (ONLINE), Jul 2020
Puppet music video inspired by Pink Floyd’s TIME
• Creator, Designer, Puppeteer, Filming & Editing

String of Echoes, at Links Hall (Chicago IL), Feb 2020; Nasty, Brutish & Short Puppet Quarantine (ONLINE), Apr 2020
Puppetry-music collaboration with Tatsu Aoki
Co-creator, Designer, Puppeteer

Crosstalk, at Baltimore Crankie Fest at Creative Alliance (Baltimore MD), Jan 2019; Chicago International Puppet Festival at Links Hall (Chicago IL), Jan 2019
Creator, Designer, Puppeteer, Actor

INKED!, at Baltimore Crankie Fest at Creative Alliance (Baltimore MD), Jan 2018; THAW Benefit Party with Links Hall (Chicago IL), Mar 2018; Shadow’s Play at Elastic Arts (Chicago IL), Jul 2018; Dragon Con (Atlanta GA), Sep 2018; Nasty, Brutish & Short at Links Hall (Chicago IL), Sep 2018; The Puckin’ Fuppet Show at the Village Theatre (Atlanta GA), Feb 2019; Puppet Fest Open House at the Fine Arts Building (Chicago IL), May 2019; FIMFA Afterparty at São Luiz Teatro Municipal (Lisbon PORTUGAL), May 2019; Blair Thomas’ Living Room Tour (Chicago IL), July 2019; Green Line Performing Arts Center (Chicago IL), Dec 2019; National Puppet Slamdemic (ONLINE), May 2020
Creator, Designer, Puppeteer

An Inter-Dimensional Love Story, at Chicago International Puppet Festival at Links Hall (Chicago IL), Jan 2017; The Puckin’ Fuppet Show at the Village Theatre (Atlanta GA), Feb 2019
Creator, Designer, Puppeteer

Tolerance 101, at Nasty, Brutish & Short at Links Hall (Chicago IL), Mar 2016; Prop Thtr (Chicago IL), Feb 2018
Creator, Designer, Puppeteer

Chicken Monster, at the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt (Chicago IL), May 2015
Co-Creator, Designer, Puppeteer

Through the Lookingglass, at Nasty, Brutish & Short at Links Hall (Chicago IL), Mar 2015; Smart Museum (Chicago IL), Aug 2016; National Puppet Slam at the Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta GA), Sep 2016; Black Cherry Puppet Theater (Baltimore MD), Dec 2017; Trade Routes Festival at Links Hall (Chicago IL), Dec 2017; Shadow’s Play at Elastic Arts (Chicago IL), Jul 2018
Co-Creator, Designer, Puppeteer

The Cat Days of Christmas, at Nasty, Brutish & Short at Links Hall (Chicago IL), Sep 2014
Creator, Designer, Puppeteer

Spot of Bother, at Nasty, Brutish & Short at Links Hall (Chicago IL), Mar 2014; The Plucky Show at Gorilla Tango Theater (Chicago IL), Jun 2014; International Puppet Theater Slam at Midway Studios (Chicago IL), Jan 2015; Illinifest at UIUC (Urbana-Champaign IL), Apr 2016; Smart Museum (Chicago IL), Aug 2016; Dragon Con (Atlanta GA), Sep 2016; A-Squared Festival at Links Hall (Chicago IL), Oct 2016; Shadow’s Play at Elastic Arts (Chicago IL), Jul 2018; Stage X Screen at iO Theater (Chicago IL), Dec 2019; Green Line Performing Arts Center (Chicago IL), Dec 2019; Black Cherry Puppet Theater Puppet Slamwich (ONLINE), Jun 2020
Creator, Designer, Puppeteer

LIMBO, at the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt (Chicago IL), May 2014
Adaptor, Designer, Puppeteer
Adapted from the video game by Playdead

Copy & Paste, at Nasty, Brutish & Short at Links Hall (Chicago IL), Sep 2013; Black Cherry Puppet Theater (Baltimore MD), Dec 2017; Trade Routes Festival at Links Hall (Chicago IL), Dec 2017; Shadow’s Play at Elastic Arts (Chicago IL), Jul 2018; National Puppet Slam at the Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta GA), Aug-Sep 2018; Blair Thomas’ Living Room Tour (Chicago IL), Nov 2019; Green Line Performing Arts Center (Chicago IL), Dec 2019
Creator, Designer, Puppeteer

Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary, at the University of Chicago (Chicago IL), Apr 2013
Adaptor, Designer, Puppeteer
Adapted from comics by Justin Green

The 13th Hour, at the University of Chicago (Chicago IL), Oct 2012
Co-Creator, Designer, Puppeteer


Commissioned Work

All-In, for New York City Department of Education, Jul 2020
Puppet music video for All City Teen Theater Ensemble project
• Designer, Puppeteer, Filming & Editing

The Path with Theft to the Gallows, Jul 2019
Puppet Designer, Puppeteer, Filming & Editing
Music video collaboration

Lost and Found Carnival and Parade with Opera-Matic (Chicago IL), Jun 2019
Shadow Puppet Tent Designer and Builder
Staff (for Kelvyn Park event)

Cosmic Events are Upon Us with Waltzing Mechanics (Chicago IL), Oct 2016
Puppet Designer

Master Peter’s Puppet Show with Opera on Tap (Chicago IL), Jul-Aug 2015
Director, Puppet Designer

The Medium, at Collaboraction (Chicago IL), Oct-Nov 2014
Puppet Designer
Collaboration with Third Eye Ensemble

Micro Music Mash, at Dunes Summer Theater (Michigan City IN), Jun 2014
Designer, Puppeteer
Collaboration with Theft to the Gallows, Lovecartel, Tarek 22, Sunny, DJ Big Dirty, Def Master Les

Iron Bridal Feast, at the University of Chicago (Chicago IL), May 2014
Co-Director, Designer

Phantom Tollbooth, at Humboldt Park Field House West Gym (Chicago IL), May 2014
Assistant Puppet Designer
Collaboration with First Floor Theater


Curatorial Work

Nasty, Brutish & Short, at Links Hall (Chicago IL), Apr 2019 ~ present
Co-curator, technical staff, videographer, social media manager
Managed invitation of out-of-town artists, such as Lyon Hill (South Carolina) and Keith Shubert (North Carolina)


Manual Cinema

http://manualcinema.com/

Move Many (Joints), Jun 2019
Puppet Build Assistant
Music video collaboration with Vam Studio for Esperanza Spalding 

Frankenstein, at Court Theatre (Chicago IL), Nov-Dec 2018; Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater (New York City NY), Jan 2019; Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Underbelly at McEwan Hall (Edinburgh SCOTLAND), Aug 2019; Shenandoah University (Winchester VA), Oct 2019; Lake Placid Center for the Arts (Lake Placid NY), Oct 2019; OZ Arts (Nashville TN), Oct 2019; Jones Hall (Houston TX), Oct 2019; Bucknell University (Lewisburg PA), Nov 2019; Yale Repertory Theatre (New Haven CT), Nov 2019; Santiago a Mil International Theater Festival (Rancagua & Santiago CHILE), Jan 2020; Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Eugene OR), Feb 2020; The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (Yellowknife CANADA), Mar 2020; The Port Theatre (Nanaimo CANADA), Mar 2020; Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse CANADA), Mar 2020
Puppeteer, Actor, Builder

Lula del Ray, at the Long Center (Austin TX), Sep 2017; Freespace at Taikoo Place (HONG KONG), Oct 2017; Savannah Music Festival at Lucas Theatre (Savannah GA), Apr 2018; First Works at Moses Brown School (Providence RI), Apr 2018; Breckenridge International Festival of Arts at Riverwalk Center (Breckenridge CO), Aug 2018
Puppeteer

The Electric Stage, at the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago IL), Dec 2016
Puppeteer
Collaboration with the Art Institute’s Moholy-Nagy exhibit

The Secret Lives of Objects, at the Chicago History Museum (Chicago IL), Feb 2015
Puppeteer
Video installation piece in collaboration with the Chicago History Museum’s exhibit, ‘The Secret Lives of Objects’

Mementos Mori, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago IL), Jan 2015; Noorderzon Festival at Noorderplantsoen (Groningen NETHERLANDS), Aug-Sep 2015; Duke University (Durham NC), Sep 2015; 1st Ward (Chicago IL), Mar 2016; Modlin Center for the Arts (Richmond VA), Feb-Mar 2017
Puppeteer, Actor

Hair Fear, at the Neo-Futurarium (Chicago IL), Oct 2014; Blair Thomas’ Living Room Tour (Chicago IL), Nov 2014
Puppeteer
Collaboration with Barrel of Monkey’s THAT’S WEIRD GRANDMA
Fundraising collaboration with Blair Thomas & Co. for the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival on Jan 2015

Rains of Castamere, Jun 2014
Puppeteer
Music video collaboration with Sony Music for Jackie Evancho

Storycorps, at the Logan Center for the Arts (Chicago IL), May 2014; Shadowbox Benefit Show at Redmoon Theater (Chicago IL), May 2015
Puppeteer
Collaboration with Storycorps for the Studs Terkel Festival

Bradbury (304 Broadway), Apr 2014
Puppeteer
Music video collaboration with Sony Music for Gabriel Kahane

Exploring Media, at the Logan Center for the Arts (Chicago IL), Aug 2013
Puppeteer
Collaboration with Lookingglass for UofC’s summer workshop series

ADA/AVA, at Pivot Arts Festival at Essanay Studios (Chicago IL), Jun 2013; Williams Center for the Arts (Easton PA), Oct 2016; Wexner Center (Columbus OH), Oct 2016; Kenan Auditorium (Wilmington NC), Nov 2016; Saint John’s University (Collegeville MN), Jan 2017; Bing Concert Hall (Stanford CA), Feb 2017; Chan Centre (Vancouver CANADA), Feb 2017; Admiralspalast (Berlin GERMANY), Aug 2017; Bailey Hall (Davie FL), Sep 2017; SHIFT Festival at Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre (Shanghai CHINA), Oct 2017; Nanshan Culture and Sports Centre (Shenzhen CHINA), Nov 2017; International Mime Festival at No.13 Theatre (Guangzhou CHINA), Nov 2017; Inside-Out Theatre (Beijing CHINA), Nov 2017; Ent Center for the Arts (Colorado Springs CO), Mar 2018; University of Utah (Salt Lake City UT), Mar 2018; Festival Internacional de Marionetas e Formas Animadas at Teatro São Luiz (Lisbon, PORTUGAL), May 2018; King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Dhahran, SAUDI ARABIA), Dec 2018; Reynolds Industries Theater (Durham NC), Feb 2019
Visual Intern (2013), Puppeteer (2016~)

Logan Center Opening Ceremony, at the University of Chicago (Chicago IL), Oct 2013
Puppeteer


Redmoon

http://www.redmoon.org/

Winter Pageant, Dec 2013
Puppet workshop table facilitator

Boneshaker & Skelebration, Oct 2013
Puppeteer and builder for shadow puppet installation
Puppet workshop table facilitator (Skelebration)


TEACHING & SPEAKING

Playing with Crankies: Explorations in Shadows and Scrolling Panoramas with Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival (ONLINE), Aug 2020
Teaching artist
• Created a 5-day virtual course on crankie history, construction basics, and performance principles. The workshop also included more one-on-one consultation as the students developed their individual crankie projects.

Art Lab: Building a Magic City with Manual Cinema at the Apple Store (Chicago IL), Apr 2019
Teaching artist
See how performance collective Manual Cinema creates live theater. They’ll act out scenes from their latest production, ‘The Magic City,’ and you’ll get involved by playing a part. Then you’ll use Manual Cinema’s props and costumes to produce your own short play that will be recorded using iPad. The session will end with a mini film festival.

MCA Family Day at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago IL), Apr 2019
Teaching artist
Designed and facilitated a 4hr crankie-making and shadow puppet workshop around the theme “unfreeze” for hundreds of children and parents as part of the MCA’s free outreach programming.

Contemporary Puppetry Panel Discussion at the Pinhook (Durham NC), Feb 2019
Panelist
Moderated by Torry Bend, Associate Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies at Duke University, asks panelists Donovan Zimmerman (Paperhand Puppet Intervention), Lisa Sturz (Red Herring Puppets), Ben Kauffman (Manual Cinema), Charlotte Long (Manual Cinema), and Myra Su (Manual Cinema) on their impressions of the state of contemporary puppetry and the communities that are both making and seeking out this kind of work.

UMBRA, The Shadow Panel Discussion at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago IL), Jan 2017
Panelist
Experts from a variety of disciplines (psychology, astronomy, puppetry, creative writing) join photographer Viviane Sassen at the opening of her new exhibition, UMBRA, to discuss ways in which the idea of the shadow figures into their professional practice.

Into the Shadows Panel Discussion at Dragon Con (Atlanta GA), Sep 2016
Panelist
Q&A panel with professional shadow puppeteers on their practice and tips for people starting out.

Global Voices at Lindblom Math & Science Academy (Chicago IL), Feb 2014 – May 2015
Teaching artist
Designed and taught 13-week curriculum for high school students to learn Mandarin through active practice of the language in theater and playwriting.
Coordinated students’ theater and pen pal exchange with Beijing partner school.


GRANTS & AWARDS

Quarantine Film Micro-Commission from IBEX Puppetry and Handmade Puppet Dreams, 2020
• Funding to create a short puppet film under our current pandemic and socially isolated circumstances. Click here for the full announcement.

Development Fund from the National Performance Network (NPN) and Visual Artists Network (VAN), 2020
In collaboration with Tatsu Aoki and Asian Improv aRts, STRING OF ECHOES was one of 9 national projects selected to receive phase 2 of NPN funding. Click here for the press release.

Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), 2019
Awarded grant for Professional Advancement and Creative Research.
Will be used to fund 1) attendance and participation in the FIMFA Festival in Lisbon, and 2) a Puppets in Prague Workshop intensive.

Creation & Development Fund from the National Performance Network (NPN) and Visual Artists Network (VAN), 2018
In collaboration with Tatsu Aoki, Links Hall, and Asian Improv aRts, we were one of 14 national projects selected to receive a grant towards the creation of new work. Click here for the press release.

Midwest Nexus Touring Exchange Grant from Links Hall (Chicago IL), 2017
$1500 grant to help fund a touring exchange between a Chicago-based artist and an out-of-town artist. The out-of-town artist will perform with the awarded Chicago-based artist for two nights at Links Hall, and the Chicago-based artist will in turn perform at a venue in the out-of-town artist’s city.
Funds were used to bring my work to the Black Cherry Puppet Theater in Baltimore, MD (Dec 2017) as part of a Chi-More Puppet Exchange Cabaret.
Funds were also used to bring Baltimore-based artist, Emily Schubert, to perform at the Links Hall Trade Routes Festival (Dec 2017).


PRESS

American Theatre, July 21, 2020
‘You Can Be Anything’: Myra Su’s Puppet Worlds

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