Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance

Dan Hurlin

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2003, 2012, 2015

Dan Hurlin (b.1955) is a MacDowell Board member and is an American puppeteer and performance artist. His large puppet piece Hiroshima Maiden (2004), with an Obie Award winning score by Robert Een, premiered at St. Ann’s Warehouse and was awarded a UNIMA citation of excellence. Disfarmer (2009), a puppet piece about American photographer Mike Disfarmer, premiered at St. Ann’s Warehouse and is the subject of the 2011 documentary Puppet by David Soll. As a performer he has worked with Ping Chong, Janie Geiser, Annie B. Parson & Paul Lazar, and Jeffrey M. Jones, and directed premieres of works by Lisa Kron, Holly Hughes, Dan Froot, John C. Russell, and Erik Ehn. He is a professor of dance composition and puppetry at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the recipient of several awards including the 2004 Alpert Award for theater, a 1990 Obie Award for his solo adaptation of Nathanael West's A Cool Million, and a 2001 Bessie Award for his suite of puppet pieces Everyday Uses for Sight Nos. 3 & 7, a collaboration with composer Guy Klucevsek. When last at MacDowell, Hurlin was developing Dramma Plastico Futurista -- a collection of four puppet pieces written by Italian Futurist Fortunato Depero. Written in 1917, the pieces have never been published, performed, or translated into English until now. They had their world premiere at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn in 2017, on their 100th anniversary.



Dan Hurlin worked in the Eastman studio.

Thanks to the generous support of MacDowell Fellow and board member Louise Eastman, this century-old farm building was reinvented as a modern, energy efficient live and workspace for visual artists. Originally built in 1915 to house a forge and provide storage when the residency program was expanding, this small barn was simply converted for…

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