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Selected by Ronnie Burkett

As a performing artist, designer and director, Clea Minaker brings the language of contemporary puppetry to creations for theatre, film, music videos and musical performances. From 2002-2005 Clea trained as a student of the sixth promotion at L’École nationale supérieure des arts de la marionnette, located at the International Institute of Puppetry Arts, in Charleville-Mezières, France. In 2007-2008, she toured internationally with Feist, designing and performing live shadow puppetry and projections for close to one hundred concert performances. Her original theatrical creations include: The Living Lantern (Festival Casteliers ‘carte blanche’ 2009), Beauty (Commissioned by Youtheatre 2010), Oh! What a Feeling (Festival Casteliers 2007), and Immobile (Rhubarb! Festival of New Works, 2006). Clea has taught puppetry as a visiting artist at McGill University, Concordia University, The Deer Crossing Art Farm (Gibsons B.C), and at M.a.i in Montreal. Clea Minaker lives in Montreal and grew up on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

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