WHO WE ARE

Little Did Productions works under the principles of the theater “collective,” meaning that we exist as a rotating ensemble.

 

 

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Jessica Marie Lorence Co-Artistic Director/Master Designer is a founding member of the company and has directed and designed every production. She also works as a fabricator and has built puppets for numerous venues and shows including the Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts, Puppet Heap, Great Small Works, Skidmore College, the Puppets on Film Fest Festival (BAM), and Cinderella (The Broadway Theater).

Luke Luke Santy Co-Artistic Director/Musical Director/Composer is a founding member of the company and has composed/arranged/performed music for every production. Since graduating from Skidmore in 2009 after studying music and theatre, Luke has worked with directors such as Phil Soltanoff (maddogg experimental), Hanne Tierney (five myles), Judith Sloan (earsay), Brian Scott (SITI Company) and Joanna Settle. You can download his album of experimental pop music at LUKEINTERNET.bandcamp.com
Katarra Katarra Peterson Designer has designed for most of Little Did’s shows since their inception (including Solina, Eli the Luthier, The Lost Children and Super Happy Fun Time Puppet Cabaret). She graduated from Skidmore in 2009, and has studied at RISD. In addition to illustrating for the company, she has designed for Goyard Paris and The Giving Circle Uganda while continuing to show paintings in New York and all over the Northeast. You can see her work at katarrapeterson.com
 

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Sara Jane Munford Puppet Captain/Set Designer/Performer is a performance-based artist living in Brooklyn who uses a variety of mediums to create new work including puppetry, dance and installation. With Little Did: The Ramayana (Puppeteer), The Lost Children (Puppeteer), Solina (Performer, Set Designer), Eli the Luthier (Puppeteer), SHFTPC (Puppeteer). Other recent credits: Vine of the Dead at Invisible Dog (Sound Mixer), Radiohole’s Tarzana at the Performing Garage (Cupcake Performer), Puppets on Film Festival at BAM (Puppeteer), and The Hazards of Love (Director/Designer). Sara Jane holds a BS from Skidmore College in theater and philosophy with additional training from the Moscow Art Theater School, SITI Company and Headlong Performance Institute in Philadelphia. She also works as a puppetry teaching artist in public schools with ArtsConnection.

 

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Alison Novelli Performer One ‘L’ in the first, two in the last! Alison first worked with Little Did on Eli, The Luthier as a puppeteer/singer. A graduate of Skidmore College, she has also trained at the Moscow Art Theatre, The Barrow Group, UCB, and Shakespeare & Company. When not performing, Alison likes to travel, cook, and is a huge bookworm. With Little Did: Eli, The Luthier. The Lost Children, 2001 A Space Odyssey. Other recent credits include NYMF, Shakespeare & Co., Courthouse Center Stage, TheatreWorksUSA… Follow her on Instagram: @alinovs

Little Did would also like to recognize and thank everyone who’s ever performed with us or helped us out with anything from puppet building to stage managing, especially our other founding members:

Alex Frost

Rob Hill

Emily Norton

Rory Shea

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Sarah Whalen

 

We’d also like to thank Alicia Li for our beautiful logo and our website designer, Jane Clausen.

Legs on ‘Oliday

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Legs on ‘Oliday is a puppet dance choreographed for a company of legs. It was originally created for a gala event fundraiser on 11/11/11 for our buddies, No.11 Productions. Since then, it has also been performed at one of the Great Small Works famous spaghetti dinners/puppet slams and alongside new work from No.11 Productions at our fundraiser, “Drinking With Puppets.” Watch: Legs on ‘Oliday

Diamond Dogs: Man’s Best Friend

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This shadow puppet/film hybrid set to the music of David Bowie premiered at the Band of Puppets Fest in November 2010 at The Bushwick Starr alongside performances from One Whole Asian Productions, Eliza Laytner and Tanner Slick, Andrea Detwiler, Patricia Nelson and our friends from Skidmore, No. 11 Productions.  Created by the core company: Jessica, Luke, Emily, Swhay and Katarra (with some puppet building help from Isabel Crosby and Garrett Cook). Watch: Diamond Dogs

Super Happy Fun Time Puppet Cabaret

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The Did’s second show was Jessica’s Senior Project Super Happy Fun Time Puppet Cabaret.  Presented in Skidmore College’s Blackbox Theater in the Spring of 2008, the piece featured Jessica, Emily and Katarra’s designing skills on some new types of puppets, including some experimentation with the Japanese art of bunraku.  Luke acted as musical director and narrator as the company performed renditions of songs by The Blow, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Beatles, The Decemberists and Whitney Houston. Watch: Rocky Raccoon : Mariner’s Revenge

A Silly Silverstein Show

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The show that started it all, Silly Silverstein, was adapted by Jessica from the words and music of beloved artist Shel Silverstein. Premiering as part of the Skidmore College workshop program in the Spring of 2007, variations of it have since been performed at the Saratoga Arts Festival, Camp Jewell YMCA,  Skidmore’s Academic Festival, and, most notably, as Part of the New York International Fringe Festival Summer 2008. Read: Reviews