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Colleen Laliberte

Contact Name: Colleen Laliberte

Address:

209 Pinehurst Lane
Signal Mountain, Tennessee 37377
United States
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Phone: (423) 544-6534

As an artist, I am continually striving to evaluate my own work, to seek and share new partnerships with fellow artists, and to invest in exploring new work by fellow artists and teachers.

In 2014:
1. I worked on the set of the new feature length film, “Breaking Glass”, which was filmed in Atlanta in 2014. I worked with the students at the Atlanta Workshop Players who were cast in the film, and taught classes for the Atlanta Workshop Players in Puppetry while there.
2. I traveled to Los Angeles, CA, where I was invited to attend the screening of the new film “Birdman” at the Sony Pictures Studio Theatre, and attended the Q & A with the editors of the film.

In 2015:
3. I accompanied the Center for Creative Arts Theatre team to New York City with fellow teachers and artists to take students to see new plays on Broadway which included:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
Hamlet
Something’s Rotten
The Heidi Chronicles
4. I have been applied to and been accepted, to attend the International Improvisation Workshop by Keith Johnstone in London, England, being held in September 2015. (I began my studies with Keith Johnstone in 1993. I am very excited about returning to London to expand my knowledge and skills. I utilize his teaching and pedagogy as the foundation for all of my work.) I have found my work with Keith Johnstone to be the best training for work as an artist and collaborator. His philosophy of changing our attitudes about fear and failure have continued to provide the most solid foundation and framework for approaching new work, new partners and situations with positive energy. Since my core values and objectives are to “change the world, one arts experience at a time”, and I often find myself working with diverse populations of youth and adults, this training is essential.
5. I have continued to create and develop new work in theatre, puppetry and mask on a daily basis. (July 3rd was a “Build a Dragon” day when I worked for 7 hours to problem solve and create a new mounting platform for a giant dragon which was introduced during the Fourth of July Parade on Signal Mountain).
6. This past summer I directed students in the musical production of “Seussical Jr.” and directed Puppet Camp 2015, and assisted students in designing and building puppets, conceiving a story, writing a script and songs, and presenting their original puppet production, “Space Junk” (Ironically the day following the performance a parent send me a picture taken from National News “Bright streaks across the sky are discovered to be “Space Junk”).

Artist Work Samples


Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a play by Barbara Robinson that will delight audiences and provide an opportunity for students to experience how the narrative of a book is adapted to a script presented by live actors. The play is comedy, yet also invites questions related to cause and effect for the behavior of the Herdman children. Referred to as “The worst in the history of the WORLD”, they wreak havoc on the Annual Christmas Pageant when they decide they are going to be in the show.

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Program Title: Imagination Celebration

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

Imagination Celebration” is a dynamic interactive storytelling performance/workshop that takes participants into a celebration of story, literature and folktales utilizing creative drama, puppetry, music and sign language. Using costumes, musical instruments, props and puppets, audience members become the characters in the story. Colleen leads the participants through the collaborative problem solving, examining the characters and creating improvised dialogue with Colleen as the narrator of the stories, to examine the themes and lessons of folktales. “Imagination Celebration can take place in individual classrooms where every student has a specific role, or adapted for presentation to large assembly audiences with student partners.

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Program Title: The Blue Bird Puppet Production

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

“The Blue Bird” is a Musical Puppet Production adaptation of the 1911 Nobel Prize winning play by Maurice Maeterlinck. Adapted by Fred Arnold, directed by Colleen Laliberte, and performed by 10 puppeteers, this beautifully crafted puppet theatre production presents an opportunity to introduce students to the literary work of Maurice Maeterlinck, to the Nobel Prize, and to experience puppetry as a synthesis of all of the arts. (Theatre, Visual Art, Literature and Music) Each character in the story is symbolic of the universal search meaning and happiness, and students will be encouraged to discuss the characters, symbolism, and themes that emerge throughout the play

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