Sarah Nolen is an award-winning puppeteer and filmmaker working in Waltham, Massachusetts. Originally from Austin, Texas, she is currently the third-ever resident artist at Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline. With a Master's in puppetry from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelors' in Film from SMU in Dallas, Sarah builds and performs puppets for both stage and screen.
Created through the Cicada "Art at a Distance" grant in July of 2020. Juan and Sarah met and collaborated for the first time without ever working in person.
"To Run Afowl" is a product of two intense weeks of devising, writing, illustrating, puppeteering, filming and editing. The story developed as an allegory to illustrate the artists' conversations around their own worldviews, the discriminatory treatment of minorities, white priveledge, Karens, unchecked systems of racism, and their shared love of twisted cartoons. "To Run Afowl" follows two characters as they move through a seemingly innocent world.
Video Title: "To Run Afowl" (with Juan Santos)
Media: 6 minute Papertoon, or Paper Puppet Short Film (digital illustrations & cardstock prints, puppeteered with string and wire joints)
Date: created July 2020