Bonnie Duncan, Theater Artist Learn more: www.bonnie-duncan.com
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|| Area(s) of expertise
|Bonnie Duncan, Puppeteer
|April 9-14, 2018
|Theater, puppetry, dance
- creating stories through movement & imagination
- teacher workshop
Acclaimed performer Bonnie Duncan has spent fifteen years blending puppetry, dance and physical theatre in surprising and delightful ways. Her shows are performed entirely without words and will surprise and delight audiences of all ages. Bonnie will present her shows Squirrel Stole My Underpants and Lollipops for Breakfast for schools and communities across northern New Hampshire, and she will also offer workshops for students and teachers during her residency. A study guide and sensory-friendly guide will be provided to participating schools.
Bonnie's school workshop explores creating stories through movement and imagination. Her teacher workshop explores the four elements of dance she uses - body shape, space, energy and time - and how to incorporate them in the classroom.
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About Bonnie Duncan:
For the last 15 years, Bonnie Duncan has blended puppetry, dance, and physical theatre in surprising and delightful ways. Her work has been described as “an artful world of silent dreams, mime, and dance” (Austin Live Theatre). She has most recently been working as one half of They Gotta Be Secret Agents with Tim Gallagher. Their show, Poste Restante, continues to tour worldwide, and won “Best Touring Show of 2011,” Austin, TX; Best of the Fringe, San Francisco, 2009; and a nomination for Most Innovative Show at Prague Fringe Festival 2010. Prior to her work as a Secret Agent, Bonnie was a company member of Snappy Dance Theater for 8 years, performing sculptural, acrobatic dances nationally and internationally. Her movement was called “breathtakingly simple” and “delightfully crafty” by the Boston Globe.
Bonnie was a participant at the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference in 2008 and 2013 (working with Martin P. Robinson), an Associate Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2005 (working with Paul Zaloom), and a Resident Artist at Perishable Theater, Providence, RI, 2007-2009. Her work has been supported by the Cambridge Arts Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Puppeteers of America, Jim Henson Foundation, and LEF Foundation.
Bonnie also holds a Masters in Education from Lesley University in Creative Arts in Learning. She has been a Teaching Artist since 1999, working in urban and suburban schools, integrating drama and movement into language arts and social studies classrooms. Bonnie has led Artist-in-Residency programs with five to fifteen year olds, bringing books and historical moments to life and creating original student-created productions. She also developed the curriculum and taught theatre arts at a Montessori elementary and middle school for 12 years.
When Bonnie is not performing and teaching, she is the mother of three young children, an avid runner, and vegan cupcake maker.