2018 National Puppet Slam: Meet the Artists
For one weekend only, experience the beauty, ingenuity, and hilarity of original short-form puppetry by talented artists from across the United States during the National Puppet Slam! These contemporary pieces for adult audiences have been nominated by their respective slams and curated for an evening of short works that aspire to be as varied as the vast national network of independently produced puppetry slams it celebrates.

The Center for Puppetry Arts will be hosting the 2018 National Puppet Slam the weekend of Aug. 31-Sept. 2. On our blog, we’re introducing you to each artist who will be performing. Today, meet Vanessa Valliere, whose piece “The Life and Times of Terry” will hit the stage during the Slam.


Vanessa S. Valliere performs and tours with Manual Cinema, an internationally touring cinematic shadow and live action company. Vanessa was also a member of an ensemble of clowns/performers for Tour De Fat, a touring festival sponsored by New Belgium Brewery (2011-2016). She has performed with the puppet company Big Nazo in Rhode Island and with the Neo-Futurists in Chicago. She is a co-devisor and performer with Theater Unspeakable, a company that tours nationally and has been presented by Lincoln Center Education. Vanessa has performed her devised solo puppetry/clown work all over the country and her work was featured in Chicago at the International Puppetry Festival in 2015 and 2017. Vanessa is the recipient of a 2017 Make a Wave grant through 3Arts. She is also a proud nerd-cheerleader for Mucca Pazza, a thirty-piece circus punk marching band that has been featured on the Conan O’Brien show and Tiny Desk concerts.


Synopsis: The Life and Times of Terry is an unpredictable multimedia journey of romance, parenthood, and success. A woman’s search for love has hilarious consequences told through clowning, puppetry, audience participation, drawings, photos and projections.


The 2018 National Puppet Slam runs Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018, at the Center for Puppetry Arts for ages 18+. Tickets include admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Beer and wine will be for sale at the bar. Tickets are available here.