August 15, 2019
Seeking: Puppeteers and Collaborators for Magic Pearl for Boston production
Pinwheel seeks 3-4 puppeteer-collaborators for the ongoing development and remounting of Magic Pearl, a concert performance of original live music and shadow puppetry, at Puppet Showplace Theater. Exploratory staging rehearsals would take place in late September and early October for an October 14 evening workshop performance.
An initial performance took place at Lincoln Center Education (scroll down to see work sample). Boston-based artists would help expand the story, enhance the puppetry, and remount the work for local audiences.
Experience with shadow theater, physical / non-verbal theater, music-theater collaboration, and ensemble devising are all welcome. Schedule will be set based on performer availability. All collaborators will receive a stipend.
Please send a statement of interest, schedule availability, and a resume or summary of relevant experience by August 21st to : firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include links to or photos of work samples if you have them.
Pinwheel is an ensemble of classically trained musicians and theatre artists that creates new collaborative interdisciplinary performances for both young and adult audiences.
Originally thought up by Bo Lee and Maggie Gayford, our debut performance, Magic Pearl, a shadow puppet play with new music, took place at Lincoln Center Education in December 2018 with original music by Christopher Vu
Watch and Listen
Magic Pearl - Video Excerpt
Magic Pearl - Audio Version
Premiered at ATL Fringe
Maggie Gayford is a 2018 graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts' BFA Acting program. She is a current Kenan Fellow at Lincoln Center Education. She was most recently seen puppeteering in Packrat with Concrete Temple Theatre at La MaMa’s Jump Start series and Josh Rice’s the marooned at the New York State Puppet Festival. Favorite roles while at UNCSA include Anastasia in OTMA by Kate Moira Ryan and Louka in Arms and the Man. Maggie is currently working in Hassiem Muhammad’s Kenan Fellow project, No Signal.
She is grateful to Bo, the Magic Pearl team, and her fabulous LCE mentor, Deborah Lohse.
Flute player Bo Lee is currently a Kenan Fellow at Lincoln Center Education in New York City. Bo holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Her primary teachers include Renée Krimsier, John Heiss, Tadeu Coelho, and Angela Massey.
In 2017, she was named the second prizewinner of the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition (Boston, MA) as well as the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition. She made her Jordan Hall recital debut in May 2018 with her trio, OWL riot, which was named a 2017-2018 NEC Honors Ensemble. She has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout New England and across the southeast region of the country. She has also performed in Canada, Luxembourg, and Spain. During Bo's time in North Carolina, her students were successful in auditions at the state level and were accepted to institutions such as the Governor's School and the high school program of UNCSA.
Bo is a native of Augusta, Georgia. In her free time, Bo enjoys the art of cross-stitch.
Christopher Vu is a Boston-based composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music for concert hall and stage. Son of a concert pianist, Chris draws from his diverse influences and interests as a performer, which include being a professional jazz pianist, a keyboardist in touring funk/rock/pop bands, and being a featured soloist with Boston Pops in a sold out concert event.
Chris has been commissioned by the Boston Percussion Group, SOLI Chamber Ensemble, and the Vietnamese American Society of Contemporary Art and Music. His music has been performed at Alba Music Festival Festival in Italy, Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia, and at the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) in Boston. Chris most recently had his piece Doppler premiered at Jordan Hall at NEC by OWL riot as a result of winning NEC’s Honors Ensemble Composition competition in 2018.
Born in Los Angeles, Chris has studied composition with Thomas Oboe Lee at Boston College and studied privately with Gilda Lyons. Chris is continuing his composition studies at the New England Conservatory studying with John Mallia and Michael Gandolfi.