Turtle and Ladybug puppets on a puppet stage

Photo Credit: Adam Traum, “Hawaii Tel Federal Credit Union Shoot at Images in Motion,” 2012

Text: Linda Lau & Rae Mansfield with Lee Armstrong

TFLL: We are Rae and Linda and this is Theatre for Lifelong Learning. Our guest today is Lee Armstrong. Lee Armstrong is co-owner, producer and puppeteer at Images In Motion Inc., a company that specializes in puppetry for TV and film. She is a recipient of two regional Emmys, as a producer/writer and puppeteer. She has worked on Canadian network TV and was a puppeteer on Jim Henson’s Emmy winning Fraggle Rock. Her puppetry can also…


Puppeteer Lee Armstrong and Baby Fraggle on the set of Fraggle Rock

Photo Credit: Gord Robertson, “Lee Armstrong on Fraggle Rock with Baby Fraggle,” 1987

Text: Linda Lau & Rae Mansfield with Lee Armstrong

TFLL: We are Rae and Linda and this is Theatre for Lifelong Learning. Our guest today is Lee Armstrong. Lee Armstrong is co-owner, producer and puppeteer at Images In Motion Inc., a company that specializes in puppetry for TV and film. She is a recipient of two regional Emmys, as a producer/writer and puppeteer. She has worked on Canadian network TV and was a puppeteer on Jim Henson’s Emmy winning Fraggle Rock. Her puppetry can also be found…


Text: Linda Lau & Rae Mansfield

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Linda Lau: Trees are green and tall.

Rae Mansfield: They sway in the breeze.

Linda Lau: I like climbing them so that I can see the city from the tallest point.

Rae Mansfield: I can hang out with birds and owls and small cute furry animals and sometimes not so cute furry animals.

Linda Lau: Today, I decided to do something different.

Rae Mansfield: I climbed to the top of the tree, along with a chair not specifically designed for a tree.

Linda Lau: I had to reinforce the chair and the other tools…


Text: Linda Lau & Rae Mansfield

sneakered feet on a faded dock above water
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1. We’re not very radical at all.

2. We have more in common than we think, even if we think very differently.

3. Wear shoes that fit or don’t wear shoes at all. Flexing your toes helps keep you connected to the earth and you never know when you’ll need to run.

4. Always tell at least one person where you’re going, especially if it’s isolated or a new location.

5. Be on the lookout for unexpected collaborators (and when people share their stories, listen).

6. Having “middle child” mediator skills is useful.

7…


Text: Linda Lau, Rae Mansfield & Linda Lou

an annoyed-looking stretching orange cat
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Linda Lou: The cat was napping on the trampoline in the backyard.

Rae Mansfield: Suddenly, two kids came outside and started jumping on the trampoline and the cat flew into the air.

Linda Lau: Luckily, the cat landed on all four feet and was not injured.

Linda Lou: The ice cream truck came rolling down the street.

Rae Mansfield: The kids jumped off of the trampoline and chased the ice cream truck.

Linda Lau: The cat went back to the trampoline and tried to take a nap again.

Linda Lou: They ordered…


Text: Linda Lau & Rae Mansfield with Linda Lou

A steaming geothermal river in Iceland flowing through black volcanic rock
Photo by Khamkéo Vilaysing on Unsplash

TFLL: We’re Linda and Rae, and this is Theatre for Lifelong Learning. Today our guest is Linda Lou. She is an Eastern medicine practitioner, a hairstylist, and a lifelong learner of everything. She has been taking Theatre Improvisation with Linda Lau via Zoom. Welcome, Linda.

Linda Lou: Thank you.

TFLL: Tell us how you got into theatre.

Linda Lou: There’s a theatre, [Brava for Women in the Arts], right down the street from my house where I live. When I was a teenager, I did a couple of projects there. …


Text: Linda Lau, Rae Mansfield, & Scott Fishman

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Linda Lau: It was a bright and sunny day.

Rae Mansfield: I remembered to bring my umbrella anyway.

Scott Fishman: People mistook the umbrella, however, for some sort of a weapon.

Linda Lau: They looked at me strangely as I walked down the street.

Rae Mansfield: I suppose the umbrella did have a long point at the end.

Scott Fishman: So I started thinking about the shape of the umbrella and decided to start making pointed remarks.

Linda Lau: I said to one person, “Those are very pointy shoes you have.”

Rae Mansfield: “Your podiatrist must love you, you probably paid for their next boat.”

Scott Fishman: The podiatrist didn’t do very well on boats, however, because they tripped over their own feet.


Text: Linda Lau & Rae Mansfield with Scott Fishman

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TFLL: Hello! We are Rae and Linda, and this is Theatre for Lifelong Learning. Our guest today is Scott Fishman. Scott is the founder/CEO of two pharmaceutical research companies, a university professor, and author whose lifetime interest in performance art has led to roles in over 45 community theater productions. Welcome Scott.

Scott Fishman: Thank you.

TFLL: Tell us how you got into theatre.

Scott Fishman: In 1998 or 1999 I was working with an advertising agency. They were doing some work for my business and the principals of the agency…


Text: Linda Lau and Rae Mansfield with Lynn

Three performers silhouetted against a red velvet curtain.
Photo by Kyle Head on Unsplash

TFLL: We are Rae and Linda and this is Theatre for Lifelong Learning. Our guest today is Lynn. Lynn has taken several different theatre-related classes with Linda and we’re here to discuss her perspectives on theatre as lifelong learning.

TFLL: Please tell us how you got into theatre.

Lynn: I was always involved in plays in high school and enjoyed that so much, and so I majored in theatre in college. After graduation, my first actual experience on stage professionally was in Cape Cod with a summer stock company. Then, of course…


Text: Linda Lau, Rae Mansfield, Simon, & Lynn

A nonplussed frog sits on a rock
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Lynn: Once upon a time there was a small green frog sitting on the pond.

Simon: Then a much larger frog came along.

Rae Mansfield: The much larger frog looked a little frog and said, “Hello, little sister.”

Linda Lau: The little frog was alarmed.

Lynn: Little frog didn’t know what to croak at first, and then, finally, he hopped away from that talk to another lily pad.

Simon: And said very timidly, “Please don’t call me sister.”

Rae Mansfield: “What would you like me to call you instead?”

Linda Lau: The…

Theatre for Lifelong Learning

Collaborative Playwriting and Theatre Pedagogy with Linda Lau and Rae Mansfield. Find out more at theatreforlifelonglearning.org

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