To all of you who know me, thanks for reading. For those of you who don’t, here is a little bit about me:
I love puppets. I love theatre. I love China. Put all of those together and you get Chinese shadow puppetry. It’s the culmination of my three passions – and, of course – so much more. The craft itself warrants study, but the people behind the craft is what makes this journey worth taking.
My fieldwork in China began with a summer apprenticeship in 2008 and in 2011 I completed a Fulbright Fellowship, traveling through 7 provinces working with the last of the shadow masters. I’m currently in my fourth year of a five year Interdisciplinary PhD in the Humanities to research Chinese shadow puppetry further at Concordia University in Montreal. Currently, I am conducting more fieldwork in China on a Joint PhD Research Fellowship from the Confucius Institute. I might regret saying this, but so far I’m having a ball. When I’m not hunting puppets and their troupes in China or busy writing papers, I am a theatre/puppet maker and designer based in Minneapolis, MN and Montreal, Canada. I lecture, teach and disseminate what I find whenever possible, as the research becomes more valuable the more it’s shared.
Last year, I put up the first-ever comprehensive Chinese Shadow Puppet website in English. It’s a great resource for artists, students, teachers, and enthusiasts. Check it out at www.chineseshadowpuppetry.com.
Please do pass on this blog to anyone and everyone who might find it fun and educational. I welcome any questions or comments and am always looking for ways to improve what gets reported on these pages.
Thanks for reading~
For more on my puppet projects, lecturing/teaching and design endeavors, visit my online portfolio at www.anniekatsurarollins.com.