Dark Materials is a social practice artist and designer making work at the intersections of the physical & the virtual, the found & the fabricated, the contemporary & the historical. This takes many forms including solo performance, interactive installations, 360º video, and virtual reality experiences. His work has become increasingly concerned with promoting the lessons of history to citizens of the present, and how this can be achieved through new media. He is based out of Brooklyn, NY.
His work has been shown in New York at 3-Legged Dog Art & Technology Center, New York Daily News Innovation Lab, Institute for the Future, NYC Media Lab, and the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Elsewhere, he has presented work at The Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), On the Boards, Balagan Theatre, The Lee Center for the Arts, Annex Theatre, West of Lenin, and The Frye Art Museum (Seattle).
Dark Materials is an adjunct faculty member and graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has also taught Digital Storytelling and Game Narratives in Fordham University's New Media department. He has been a featured speaker at Creative Tech Week NYC 2016, iDocs Symposium Bristol 2016, the New School for Public Engagement, and the UNIMA-USA Symposium 2013.
He has trained in Europe with two of the world’s premiere shadow theater companies, Teatro Gioco Vita and Theater der Schatten, and is experienced with multiple styles of puppetry (table-top, rod, object manipulation) as both a performer and director. He has worked as a puppeteer, designer, and director with artists and companies such as Kyle Loven, Ghost Light Theatricals, and Cristina Orbe. Additional training and experience in the performing arts from the American Conservatory Theater, Taproot Theatre Company, the Satori Group, and the University of California at Berkeley. He is a recipient of multiple grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, a Google Experiments in Storytelling (XStory) Grant 2016, and the 2012 UNIMA-USA Scholarship. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley.
He was a core member of the Artistic Direction Committee for Puppet Festival ®Evolution, the 2013 National Puppetry Festival, and the Artistic Director of Puppet-o-Rama, the 2010 Northwest Regional Puppet Festival. He served as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Puppeteers of America from 2012-2013. In 2011 he co-founded the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam, for which he helped secure three grants from the Puppet Slam Network. Dark Materials co-produced seven slams with Fussy Cloud. Teaching artist experience includes shadow puppetry and theater classes and workshops in the Seattle area for Arts Corps, Seattle Public Theater, Powerful Schools, Seattle Art Museum, and Experience Music Project, as well as local New York history tours and workshops through the Brooklyn Historical Society. Areas of expertise include Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed and Anti-Racism, with training from the Mandala Center, the People’s Institute, and Seattle Repertory Theater.