Chris is a designer, inventor, theater-maker and community educator whose work revolves around the design, construction and performance of puppets, masks, props, costumes, unique theatrical inventions, kinetic-sets and sculptural installations. He produces his art principally from waste-stream materials, exploring the unique potentials inherent within them.
For two decades Chris has been working to inspire and facilitate original thinking in the realms of theatrical, educational and public-art design. A deep and abiding emphasis is placed upon eco-consciousness, resourcefulness, integration and improvisation.
As a community educator and artist-in-residence, Chris engages community members in re-purposing various “waste materials” into performable art-works, while deepening their connections to the Earth and to one another.
Chris received a 2006 Bush Artist Fellowship, a 2008 Public Art Saint Paul Sustainable Practices Fellowship and a 2012 McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship. He is on the Minnesota State Arts Board and COMPAS/Young Audiences of Minnesota teaching-artists rosters. Chris also manages and directs Puppet Farm Arts, a humble nonprofit community-arts organization, founded back when he used to squat in a barn with his
collection of trash and puppets, in Wisconsin.
Recently, Chris has collaborated with the following theaters and organizations: Tiger-Lion Arts; MN Jewish Theater; MN Boy Choir; Circus Juventus; The Guthrie Theater; John Ferguson Theater (now Theater Forever); Southern Theater; Open-Eye Figure Theater; Bedlam Theater; Home Base Theater; Theater NoviMost; In the Heart of the Beast Theater; VSA Arts; Alan Berk and Co.; Backbone Campaign (Seattle WA); and The Worm Farm Institute.