SESSION 3: From Automata to Animatronics
Monday, September 18 at 4:00 pm
We have been creating machines in our own image for centuries, from the historical clock-work automaton through the twentieth century Machine Art Movement to the latest remote-control animatron. The panel will explore the fascination with machine as art. Moderated by Kathy Foley, professor of Theater Arts UC/Santa Cruz, panelists will include artist Elizabeth King, performer and professor John Bell, and David Barrington-Holt, Creative Supervisor of the Los Angeles Henson Creature Shop.

SESSION 4:Technology in Performance
Monday, September 18 at 6:00 pm
This panel will focus on the ways in which technology has been incorporated into live performance. Panelists will examine what the ever-increasing possibilities afforded by technology mean to artists today. Moderated by Festival Producing Director, Leslee Asch, the panel will include artists Michael Curry, Tang Shu-Wing, Janie Geiser and Mark Sussman.
UNIMA USA will host a reception and citation awards ceremony following Session 4.
SESSION 1:Visualizing Text
Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 pm
Throughout the centuries and across cultures, puppetry has adapted classic texts to the needs of the visual form. The panel will explore the rigors of adapting and creating new works for the puppet theater. Moderated by Todd London, Artistic Director, New Dramatists, the panel will include Laura García Lorca and artists Hanne Tierney and Jim Lasko.

SESSION 2:Forms in Motion
Sunday, September 17 at 4:00 pm
Puppetry is an art form that incorporates and transcends many genres. As such, it has served as a source of inspiration for artists across creative disciplines. The panel, moderated by Dr. Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, will include scholar Rhonda Garelick and artists Theodora Skipitares and Kathy Rose.