July 28, 2017

Carrie Morris will bring carnival and sideshow culture to DLECTRICITY’s Electric Park

Carrie Morris is a Detroit-based director and performance artist. Combining puppetry, multimedia and experimental theater, her work has been seen in a variety of places such as the New York International Fringe Festival, the Athens Museum of Art, Seattle’s Annex Theater and as a guest artist with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Morris served as Program Manager of Puppetry and Performing Arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)from 2011-2015.

Morris currently serves as artistic director of Carrie Morris Arts Production (CMAP), a venue for puppet and performance works in Detroit (www.carriemorris.com). CMAP is situated in Banglatown, on the border of Detroit and Hamtramck. The space hosts other Michigan artists as well as shows from around the Midwest, and Morris curates a free outdoor summer show series.

For her part as a director, Morris creates experiences through theater and puppetry that contextualize the space we inhabit and the wider world. Morris works hard to refute the idea that puppetry is just for children and focuses on producing stories that resonate. She was the recipient of a Fulbright grant in performance art for her work in multimedia shadow puppetry in Solo, Indonesia.

A detailed profile on Morris: http://springboardexchange.org/carriemorris/

For Dlectricity 2017, Morris’ project “The Shadow Puppet Circus Sideshow” will use light and overhead projectors to project hand-cut silhouettes with Detroit-inspired sideshow characters onto carnival cutout displays. The interactive project is part of the family-friendly “Electric Park” zone of Dlectricity 2017, to be located on the grounds of the DIA at Woodward and Kirby.

Tonight, CMAP is hosting Detroit PuppetSLAM, a collection of new puppet works and works-in-progress by artists and puppeteers, [JULY 28] at 8pm at 2221 Carpenter St, Detroit. Detroit PuppetSLAM will close out the CMAP 2017 Outdoor Summer Series. Carrie Morris and CMAP create a part of the Detroit art scene unlike anything else—so don’t miss the chance to see them in action! For more info about the Detroit PupperSLAM, check out:


Thanks to VTC Insurance Group for their support of Morris’ The Shadow Puppet Circus Sideshow!