Justin Lander, a part-time faculty member in the Visual Art program at NVU's Lyndon campus teaching puppetry this semester, is also one-half of Hardwick-based Modern Times Theater. Lander and partner Rose Friedman were interviewed about how they develop the content for their shows by Puppet Pages, a collaborative association founded and run by puppeteers in response to the impact of Covid-19.
With performing artists of all genres needing to reinvent the way they work in the face of safety restrictions, Lander’s theater work has gone from live and in person to live and online. As Lander says, “We’re doing what we do and reinventing ourselves.”
Lander’s NVU Puppetry class will present its own online show — a Puppet Cabaret — in November. We’ll be sure to provide a Zoom link to the combination of live and pre-recorded pieces of student work.