Mary Plaster
About Mary:
I practice, teach, and speak about a variety of visual and theatre art and am inspired by social and environmental justice activism. My masks and giant puppets have appeared at conferences across the country and starred in local artistic productions. My published contemporary icon of Sophia, Divine Wisdom is displayed in spiritual centers and homes around the world. Contact me by email if you would like to commission new work!

Founding Artistic Director of Duluth All Souls Night festival at the Depot every early Nov.

Associate Artist with Minneapolis' In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HoBT), 
 Artistic staff with the HoBT MayDay festival five years and more recently Barebones Puppets 
Made Here window display artist Summer 2016: Represent, When Monarchs Win Everyone Wins

Featured artist at the Austin, MN ArtWorks Festival, August 2016 

Since 2000, Duluth, MN arts community, independently organizing nine annual All Souls Night festivals and working with: the Duluth Art Institute, Children's Museum, Together for Youth, Myers-Wilkins Community Collaborative, Playhouse (Underground, Play Ground and Children's Theater and Stage Play Outreach Program (a partnership with the Scottish Rite Autism Clinic), University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD), Minnesota Ballet

Received a 2008 McKnight/ARAC Individual Career Development Grant to attend the July apprentice program with Peter Schumann's 45-year-old Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover, Vermont. 

National work: ten years with The Cosmic Mass (TCM) and theologian Matthew Fox.               2015 Parliament for the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, 2014 Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, 2005-2015 Oakland, Washington DC, Asheville, Chicago, Madison, Omaha, Kansas City
Burning Man Project (annually in Nevada's Black Rock Desert) invited my two Green Man puppets (Minnesotan and Californian) and me to play with the 2007 sustainable theme of The Green Man.

Internationally: Sophia, Divine Wisdom, Contemporary Icon completed 2003