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BOOM Jam Puppet Slam!

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November 14, 2020

Need a place to express yourself?  Curious about the wonderful world of puppets?

The BOOM Jam Puppet Slam is a FREE celebration of puppets and the many ways we can use them to tell a story, express an emotion and inspire action!  Like a poetry slam, a Puppet Slam includes many individual voices and artistic expressions. 


Saturday, November 14, 1:00 PM

The BOOM Jam Puppet Slam will be livestreamed with hosts Dave English and DS Kinsel, who collaboratively perform Puppet Karaoke. It's free for everyone to enjoy!

The event will be streamed on City of Asylum's virtual programming channel.

Register here to watch the live puppet slam on November 14 @ 1:00 PM.

For additional support or assistance, we're here to help! Please contact Zena Ruiz: or text 920.320.9795. Se habla Español.

BOOM Jam Puppet Slam is a collaborative project with BOOM Concept's Puppet Karaoke, City of Asylum and Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

Check out more in the BOOM Jam Puppet Series here

Meet the Artists

Dave English, puppeteer/educator/playwright, received a BFA in Theater and Puppetry from West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts. He is a Flight School Fellow, National Puppetry Conference Alum, A Brew House Association Distillery Artist, A F.I.N.E. Art Resident at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, an Artist Opportunity Grant recipient, BOOM Studio Artist, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Friend’s of Music Fellow, and a 2019 New Hazlett CSA Artist producing a full length puppet film, “The Dragon of Polish Hill” with added support from a Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative grant. Dave lives in Polish Hill making puppets, teaching online, and writing new shows.

D.S. Kinsel is an award winning creative entrepreneur and cultural agitator. He expresses his creativity through the mediums of painting, installation, curating, non-traditional performance and public art. Kinsel’s work focuses on themes of space keeping, urban tradition, hip-hop, informalism and cultural re-appropriation. D.S. has served in numerous creative residencies throughout the U.S. and is the co-founder of BOOM Concepts, founded in 2014. BOOM Concepts is a creative hub dedicated to the advancement of black and brown artists representing marginalized communities.

English and Kinsel bring 25+ years of experience around education, community contextual practice, non traditional performance art, and arts nonprofit management to this collaboration.  Puppet Karaoke is a vehicle for the two to appreciate american popular music, engage black/brown audiences in culturally relevant puppet experiences, explore diverse representation in performance arts, and present intergenerational arts experiences for families.