Saturday, May 27, 2017

Performing Invisibility Class June 4, 12-3

I’m teaching a class for 
the Leimay Ludus Lab 
at Cave Arts Space in Williamsburg 
Sunday, June 4 form 12-3pm!
Tuition on $38. Sign up here:

PERFORMING INVISIBILITY with Kate Brehm, addresses the of mechanics of a performing body to which an audience is NOT meant to pay attention. The primary example of such a situation is the SEEN puppeteer, where the puppeteer is in no way hidden from view, but is not the focus of a scene. We’ll also consider the unseen puppeteer, actor/ dancer supporting architecture and scenery, and actor/ dancer supporting other actor/ dancers.

The class uses exercises and improvisations to hone the students’ visceral experience and directing of energy inside vs outside the body; performing a ‘silent’ core, while allowing energy extension; releasing the legs and arms from the tyranny of the torso; and following an energy vs leading an energy.  Students should wear movement clothing without designs or text. We’ll work with simple objects and the architecture of the space.

Kate Brehm is a movement director specializing in puppetry, scenic dramaturgy, and physical acting. Her New York based company, imnotlost, has been producing theater and events since 2003. She teaches performers practical and theoretical tools for performative visual thinking through her classes, Moving Objects and Performing Design. She is published in the Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance. Directing and/ or design credits: Things Fall Apart, Discrepancies, The Eye Which We Do Not Have, Dark Space, the Poofs. Events: Fireside Chats, Dance Hall Slow Dances, Slutty Puppets. Since 2006 she has toured the US, Japan, and Europe performing and collaborating with critically acclaimed puppeteer, Basil Twist. She is trained in the Margolis Method of Physical Acting. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Theater Camp, one more time!

I don't have the opportunity to work for Whitebird very often, but its a joyful summer playtime for making theater with kids.  This year I designed a set of three giant bills featuring removable faces!  George, Andrew, and Alexander got replaced by Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Louisa May Alcott, and US!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Poofs in Canada

I was overwhelmed by the community and support at Les Sages Fous' Microfestival this June.  I was invited to bring an unfinished Poof performance to the festival and arrived with 4 Poofs, a Puff, and one human (me!).

By the weekend I was thoroughly inspired and had developed (with lots of assistance!) 15 minutes of clown-poof material to music from Swan Lake.  I hope to expand it to a 50 minute long show for touring.  Thanks to my Swiss and Canadian Poofers, and Jacob for his awesome directing.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Meditation Zero as culmination of Mabou Mines Residency

I wrote and directed another show inspired by the Erdos Discrepancy in May 2016 called Meditation Zero.   A band of pretend scientists perform research to early 80s music while pontificating on the nature of reality, humanity, and the on and the off.  The play is a rumination on what Freud would recognize as the Death Drive, but which I am reframing as The Cyborg Situation.

Performed by Kate Brehm, Anthony Napoletano, Hannah Schilsky, and Benjamin Heller.  Stage Managed by Hye Chyun.  Lit by Dave Moodey.  With eyeballs and advice from Gregory Schott and Karen Kandel.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Things Fall Apart

On March 5th and 6th, 2016 I performed Things Fall Apart during Culturemart at Here Arts Center.  The movement-theater-performance-art piece featuring myself and 4 folding chairs has been brewing for many years.  And i've finally completed it!

Thanks to: My ninja puppeteers Jenny Campbell and Jacob Graham; My long time collaborators Gregory Schott (directing) and Poe Saegusa (lighting); my new and all-in stage manager Hye Chyun; and the presenters: Kristin Marting, Kim Whitener, Barbara Busackino, and Basil Twist.

photo by Benjamin Heller

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Slow Dancing in Times Square

By the grace of Chashama I was granted the use of a space most perfect for a slow dance, a former dance school with a large open wooden dance floor and vaulted ceilings.  I couldn't help myself and had to produce one more event.  Thanks to so many stars and helpers inlcuding the inimitable Sxip Shirey (MC) and the relentlessly groovin James Mulry (DJ)
photo by Timothy Murray

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Discrepancies at Labapalooza

The last week of January was the culminating performance of what myself, Amanda Friou, and Sarah McMillan have been working on in St Ann's Puppet Lab for the last year.  Discrepancies: Meditation 1 featured 8 puppeteers, 1 actor, and nearly 200 tin cans.  Whew!  See more at

Saturday, February 6, 2016


I never knew how much I liked ballet, but stage managing the Joffrey Ballet School's Nutcracker has made it clear to me.  I like the technique, the poses, and the strange relationship to silent movies!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sister's Follies: Assistant Director and Puppeteer

I was proud to assist Basil Twist in developing his latest original puppet show, Sister's Follies at Abrons Arts Center.  Starring Joey Arias and Julie Atlas Muz as flying ghosts of the founders of the theater, the show was smashing.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Lectures and Classes at the 2015 Puppeteers of America National Festival

I was very proud to be part of the first scholarly section of the Puppeteers of America Festival, The Critical Exchange  First I spoke on a panel about creating work inspired by theory.  Then I delivered my lecture on Affective Performing Scenery that I've been ruminating about for years.  And finally, I taught three classes in Moving Objects, my movement for storytelling class geared specifically at puppeteers.  Whew!

I was lucky enough to also see Les Sages Fous and Clare Dolan.  Amazing work!