Gregory Corbino (USA; designer, puppeteer)

continues the design traditions of the travelling show, circus, carousel, and carnival, bringing out its deep queerness. For the past ten years Gregory has studied under the direction of Peter Schumann, director of the world-renowned Bread and Puppet Theater, and in the past four years with Jennifer Miller, director of New York’s Circus Amok.

Gregory says about his work: “My aesthetic is cheap and resourceful. I often use found, free and disregarded material. Cardboard is queen. Colors are flaming and everything is gay."

Recently, he was a resident artist at the Togo Rural Village Art Museum in Togo, Taiwan. There, with artists Jason Hicks, Federica Collina, and 10 Taiwanese participants, they created an installation about Climate Change. He has facilitated puppet-building workshops in Taiwan, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, China, and at colleges and universities across the U.S and Canada.

In 2014 he was awarded an Individual Artist Commission from the New York State Council on the Arts for his work as designer for Circus Amok.

He lives and works in Brooklyn.

Photo: Fabio Migliano