Marcelo Bottaro

Marcelo Bottaro is a puppeteer from Brooklyn, New York. Originally, he wanted to draw cartoons and work as an animator for television shows, video games, and movies, but he decided to pursue his lifelong passion for puppetry because he enjoys the challenge and pursuit of it. Puppets have been a part of his life since childhood when he became fascinated by them on television shows like “Great Space Coaster,” “Between the Lions,” “The Puzzle Place,” “Obi, Bear in the Big Blue House,” “Allegra’s Window, and “Alf.”

Over the years he’s created his own puppets as the founder of a group named “The Figments,” and he’s used them to make various videos on YouTube and TikTok. He compares puppetry to animated cartoons because both artforms are important to people of all ages, and puppetry is like a three dimensional cartoon. Ironically, he draws his puppets as cartoons before he builds them with fluff and foam. Marcelo has been a puppeteer for most of his life, and he mainly works in “The Muppets” style.

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Mary Neagle

Mary Neagle is a mixed media artist from Simsbury, Connecticut. She is currently based in Bushwick, New York, which is where she always wanted to live, create art and meet other amazing creators. Now she does all of that, and she also looks back on her life with a smile that shines through her work because she creatively checked off her list of dreams. You can see different phases in her life in different mediums, and it is very reflective of her transitions over the years. She has explored video, photo, fashion, music, and visual art for as long as she can remember, and she can’t wait to keep growing as an artist. Ultimately, she wants her work to speak for itself and for people to take what they will from it.

Eleanna Fin

Eleanna Fin is an a NYC based actress and singer from Greece who grew up on the islands of Crete and Rhodes. She is a Sagittarius who always carries cedar, thyme, stone, the olive tree, the sea and the sun with her. Fin grew up with a dog named Max, who is a collie. He is the reason why she knows what unconditional love is. Books, dreams, music and coffee are inseparable parts of her everyday life, and her friends sometimes call her an “aeriko” or a pixie because she often has her mind somewhere in the sky.

At an early age she felt the need to tell a story one way or another. Inspired by the books she read, she wrote her stories down, visualized them and performed the roles in them. She also remembers spending endless hours singing with her father and listening to artists like Deep Purple, Eric Clapton, Manos Hatzidakis, Dimitris Papadimitriou, Elton John, Mikis Theodorakis, Jules Dassin and Bob Dylan.

Theater and music are almost the same thing to her. To perform in either discipline, all she has to think about is the story she wants to tell. If she had to pick a reason and a purpose for performing, it would be to understand and connect with each other much deeper than the surface that everyone easily sees.

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