I am an artist, musician, and puppet and mask maker who was born and raised in Cleveland. I have traveled and performed all over the world with the Bread and Puppet Theater, and I came back to Cleveland to start a family and give a shot at making a life for me and my theatre work in my home town .
I am now on Hiatus from art making and have returned to my studies at University, and am living for the most part on the other side of town in Ohio City with my wife and daughter.
Before the Haitus, I had a Puppet and Mask Theater Company comprised of friends and family members, and we made parades in different neighborhoods, led workshops around town, and took sculptures, paintings, writings, and music and made them into performances large and small and performed them in bookstore basements, city parks, and abandoned churches in abandoned parts of town and we called them "Puppet" shows.
I also have done handy man work, have a saxophone student, and do home care. I like to get together with people and build things, like the aquaponic greenhouse I built on the side of this house (no longer functioning), or the raised garden beds I built with the help of neighborhood kids. The neighborhood can have its challenges, and is a bit rough, especially if you aren't familiar with Rust Belt Landscape. BUT, I like that Buckeye is a place where family members move next door to each other, children run and play in the street, and neighbors aren't afraid to yell up at a window just to say hi or check on you. I really grown to love and cherish the neighborhood of Buckeye in the two and a half years I have lived there.
It is a real pleasure for me to have people come and stay here, as I really enjoy meeting people from other places, and it is very positive to have people come through and bring their experiences and the places that they come from with them for a little while.