Original projects involving artistic collaboration with various individual artists, companies, and organizations
Captain Creative Saves the Day!
A collaboration between Instruments of Change and Lost & Found Puppet Co.
Created by Maggie Winston and Laura Barron
Directed by Chris Ross
Captain Creative, is an arts advocacy fairy tale that uses puppetry, music, dance and print making to demonstrate the value of art in our society.
In this interactive performance, puppet theatre artist, Maggie Winston, and musician/writer, Laura Barron invite students to re-animate the theatrical world of Hueville, after it has experienced an Art Apocolypse. Captain Creative tours throughout BC schools, and the 45-minute production is appropriate for ages 8-13.
L&FPCo. incorporates clown into most live puppet shows. Maggie Winston is an experienced clown and collaborates with others in the greater clowning community.
The “Pocket Lady” is a roving character wearing a dress with over 100 pockets. Pick a pocket, get a gift and story.
Maggie received her clown training from David MacMurray-Smith at Fantastic Space Enterprises (2009)
Fantastic Space Enterprises is a private studio where the focus of the work is on developing high levels of performance awareness and an increased freedom with creative expression through self liberation and self realization. All the exercises are designed to increase our ability to flow with our inspiration with increased articulation and consciousness; physically, emotionally, and psychologically. All the work encourages the development of primary life skills that nurture our creative awareness and the ability to embody our intuition in a consciously expressive and functional way that benefits both our personal and professional life.
A member of The Assembly
“A playful and lofty collective process-oriented, performance-driven, self-identifying women clowns” (Vancouver, BC)
“The Assembly Line” at The Revue Stage (2016)
“It’s a Joke- Comedy Night” at Heart of The City Festival (2016)
“Dirty Laundry” at The Ukrainian Hall (2015)
James & the Giant Peach
Produced by Chemainus Theatre Festival (Summer Kidzplay 2015)
Dramatized by Richard R. George (based on the book by Roald Dahl)
Directed by Tamara McCarthy
Puppet Design/Creation by Maggie Winston
Puppet Builders: Maggie Winston, Randi Edmunson, Georgia Bennett, Saraphina Shoostarian
Matthew MacDonald Bain
photo credit: Cim MacDonald- Chemainus Theatre Festival
Health Choices Think Where for Care Video
Project Coordinator: Beth Beeching (Richmond Division of Family Practice)
Video direction and animation by Brian Lye
Puppets, manipulation, and voice by Maggie Winston
Cantonese and Mandarin translation and voice by Katherine To
Punjabi translation and voice by Jasmine Chehil
Created in partnership with A GP for Me Program, designed as a health literacy campaign about how to visit your family doctor.
The Shiny Kids Family Festival (2012)
May 5, 2012 11:00am-4:30pm
Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre
The Shiny Kids Family Festival is a one-day event taking place on May 5, 2012 at the Moberly Community Arts Centre. The festival will feature a stage show, puppets, music and dance. There is an interactive Eco-Maze, a costume parade, face painting and storytelling. The Festival is a collaboration of The Shiny Collective (local award winning children’s entertainers; Gogo Bonkers, The Lost & Found Puppet Company, The Ta-Daa Lady ) in partnership with the Moberly Arts &Cultural Centre. The Shiny Kids Family Festival live stage performances feature participation songs, costumed characters, dancing and puppets that tell a very important story about the ocean, environment, community and helping each other. Children and Parents will be welcomed into this magical world surrounded by fantastical characters to learn about the importance of protecting the ocean, how garbage affects everyone, how rewarding it is to eat healthy and locally and how planting seeds will provide what we need to better our lives.
In the House Festival (Vancouver)
“The House of Foresaken Gods” (2013) (photo left)
“The House of Faeirie Bad Things” (2012) (photo right)
By the Tomorrow Collective
A Collaborative performance with Maggie Winston (Puppeteer) and Julia Carr (contemporary dancer) Wednesday, August 31 – Friday, September 2, 8pm
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
Brief EncountersBrief Encounters is a multidisciplinary performance experiment designed to fuse disciplines and push artistic boundaries.Brief Encounters is about the mixing of mediums and the crossing of artistic cultures. The collective created this event out of an interest in cross-pollination between art forms, audience education and the excitement of creation under-the-gun. The result is the creation and performance of cutting-edge collaborative work between artists who had likely not previously met, let alone worked together. The pieces that emerge from the Brief Encounters pairings fuse, cross over, interrupt and co-create new perspectives on artistic forms and the relationships between them.
for Purim Celebrations at Beth Israel Congregation (Vancouver 2012)
Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret (Vancouver)
Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret is an artist collective of professional and emerging artists based in East Vancouver. We create, perform and engage our community in home spun tales within elaborate worlds of found-object, bygone aesthetic, hosting journeys of re-discovery of old treasures and stories well known to our hearts. Our crew are many — storytellers, dancers, producers, multi-media artists, puppeteers, musicians, painters and makers of all kinds — and our extended community is enormous. We welcome you as a part of it, and thank you for keeping alive the places where magic still exists.
“Hard Times Hit Parade”- life sized puppets (2011) (top 2 photos)
“The Listening Jar”- Giant Junk Monster (2010) (bottom photo)
Created by Critical Mask Theatre and Magnet Theatre
Director- Laen Hershler
Shadow design- Maggie Winston
Performed and created by teenage actors from the townships of Cape Town, South Africa (2010)
Created by Sogo Visual Theatre
Director and Creator- Janni Younge
Assistant puppet builder and backstage performer – Maggie Winston
Performed as a Mainstage Production at the National Theatre Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa (2010)
Ouroboros is a tale of dreaming and the cycles of life, created with evocative imagery. At its heart, it is a love story between a dancer and a poet finding the courage to commit. Using the uniquely transforming powers of the puppetry medium, these two characters are able to appear as several versions of themselves. Audiences witness the unfolding drama of their lives from birth to death. Their interactions form a web of relationships, revealing the interdependence of the past, present and future.
created for FIFA World Cup Celebrations, Cape Town, South Africa (2010)
Maggie Winston- Costume designer