Artistic Director, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre.
March 23, Tuesday 7 -8 pm, In-Flux, Regis Center for Art.
Sandy Spieler is an artist and activist. She has focused on Water for many years, most recently leading audiences into discovery of Water quantity, quality and ownership issues through the investigation of their own drinking Water. Beginning with a deep reverence for Water, she initiated the multi-year “Invigorate the Common Well” with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, and is presently using art, research, and common sense as a way to inspire and instill a new era of Water stewardship for a vast and diverse public –cheerleading ALL of us at the Headwaters of the Mississippi to own our responsibility for the Water that presently becomes a dead zone at the Gulf of Mexico
She is one of the founders of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and has served as Artistic Director since 1976. During her tenure, HOBT has become nationally recognized as one of the top professional puppet and mask theaters in the country. She is an accomplished sculptor, painter, graphic artist, director and designer, a performer of sound, word and figure, community image maker, and teacher. She is the director of the annual MayDay Parade and Pageant , and of many mainstage shows throughout HOBT’s history. She has also directed Ceremonial Events in South Korea, Los Angeles, and the Dominican Republic. Her permanent visual art commissions include work for the Maplewood library, Lake Street streetscape design, drinking fountain designs, a mural for the Minnesota State Fair, and a public Water Shrine. She has an MA Cultural Performance from Bristol University England, studied puppetry arts at Bread and Puppet Theatre in Glover, Vermont, and Balinese masked dance at NYU and is part of the International ECOARTS network.
She asks that Art wakens us to the “Wonder!?” of our everyday lives.
Sandy’s work has been recognized through numerous awards including the Bush Foundation’s Leadership and Artist Fellowships, Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, Jerome Travel and Study Grant, and Intermedia Arts/McKnight Interdisciplinary Fellowship.