Because of the misunderstanding and misconception I encountered when I built my first puppets for a Brecht play, I became an advocate for the Puppet Arts. Through my work with Albrecht Roser, the many international artists I worked with at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and the international students we attracted to participate in The Institute of Professional Puppetry Arts, I became aware of the richness that was possible by being a "Citizen of the World."

The samples below focus on my own advocacy for the Puppet Arts, which has also become the advocacy of the program and my students. Through these efforts we have helped to establish the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry and brought recognition to our program and the University of Connecticut. Also, you will find references to my work in Asia, both as an advocate and a diplomat.