David Lane


Artist Biography

Dave is a painter, performer, and puppet & mask maker and one of the original members of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop in Calgary, Alberta.

Dave is a two-time, Jim Henson Foundation grant recipient for his original puppet drama “The Chronicles of Rose,” and more recently his clown play “The Painting” was selected to be presented at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region One.

The Berkshire Lantern Walk has come out of an investigation of the performative possibilities of articulate, illuminated lantern-puppets developed as part of a community workshop in St. John’s Newfoundland adapting the traditional tale, Jack and the Bottle of World’s End Water. This work continues and will be the design aesthetic for the upcoming Buffalo Belong project (supported by a Canada Council New Chapter Grant) celebrating the return of Bison to Banff Nation Park this coming August.

In 2006, David started his blog, Porchlight Paintings to connect with like minded artists and collectors from around the world. Since then, his small scale paintings have allowed him to practice classical technique and develop a naturalistic style that has become a signature element of his paintings.

Artist News/Workshops

New England Puppet Intensive — Design and Construction Edition

Dave Lane (Old Trout Puppet Workshop) & Marie-Êve Cormier, Visiting Artist

June 28 – July 9, 2017

Immerse yourself in the ultimate studio experience! For 10 days, we’ll engage in a unique design laboratory with a fully stocked puppet-making studio set against the backdrop of the beautiful Massachusetts Berkshires.

At the core of our work is a concern for expressiveness and character. We will dispel with the impulse to build puppets by classification and taxonomy and instead ask more fundamental questions which free the puppet designer to innovate beyond routine forms, including an investigation into the abstract. Puppetry and mask exercises will help us more fully understand the interplay between design and performance.

Woven into the experience is a collective creation project which will be presented as part of the Berkshire Lantern Walk in partnership with the world renown Clark Art Institute.

www.newenglandpuppet.org  • 413-652-7249


Contact Information

Mailing Address

  • 243 Union Street, # 201
    North Adams, MA 01247

Phone Number

  • 413-652-7249


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