Marina Tsaplina

Against the backdrop of the textured bark of a tree, a white woman with buzzed hair on one side and shoulder length wavy hair on the other is standing gently smiling facing the camera directly.

Marina ‘Heron’ Tsaplina is a Russian-born, NYC-based eco-artist and disability culture activist who forms participatory poetic enchantments through puppetry performance, site-specific installations and, upon occasion, writing. She is a conservatory trained performing artist under master teacher Kari Margolis, the Ernst Busch School of Puppetry Performance in Berlin, Germany, Sandglass Puppet Theater and Pochinko Clown. Her work has been presented and supported by DukeArts, Carolina Performing Arts, Penn State University, Georgetown University, La MaMa, Dixon Place, amongst many others. Find her via Instagram @bodypoemspuppetry and