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Independent Artists

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Leslie Archer

Leslie began performing with Open Hand Theater in 1989. She studied Performance Arts at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and the University of Poitiers, France and received her BA from Syracuse University. Leslie is one of Open Hand Theater's featured performers, stage designer, and musical director. She is a talented teaching artist, and specializes in teaching young people about playwriting. Leslie was the production designer for Open Hand's collaboration with Syracuse Opera The Magic Flute, has created the musical arrangements for many Open Hand productions, and performed as a puppeteer for Band in Berlin with the Hudson Shad at Geva Theater in Rochester. She currently can be seen in the touring productions, The Chocolate War and Grandfather Frost. You may reach leslie at:

Andrea Martin

Andrea began performing with Open Hand Theater in 1983 and has created the costuming for many large scale puppets and stilting characters in Open Hand’s major productions. A graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, she worked first as an eighth grade science teacher, and then as a seamstress for Syracuse Stage. Andrea has influenced Open Hand Theater's young actors for years as our Circus Camp comedy teacher and as the director of Hand in Hand Youth Theater, and the North Side Youth Theater Project. Andrea performed the puppeteer of Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, as one of the three Sisters in Macbeth, and as Hermia in Open Hand’s bilingual production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as the puppet Dulcinea in Don Quixote, the puppets Blifel and Molly in Tom Jones, and as Roberta Walton in Frankenstein. Andrea can be seen in the current touring show of The Secret of the Puppet's Book, and The Chocolate War. You may email Andrea at:

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