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CB Goodman 2023 CV

CB GOODMAN is the Artistic Director and founder of Grackle Jack Productions based in Austin, Texas that specializes in creating new comedic performance around current social issues and incorporates disparate source materials, original writing, clown, bouffon, drag, historical events, and puppetry. Her work as a director, writer, designer, performer and puppeteer has been presented at venues in Austin, New Orleans, Charlotte, and New York City; and she has worked with such artists as Obie and Bessie award-winning theatre artist Dan Hurlin, director, designer, and puppet artists Tom Lee, Chris Green, and Lake Simons, and fifth-generation traditional puppetry master Koryu Nishikawa V, whose company has been named an Intangible Cultural Asset by the city of Tokyo.


She currently teaches workshops in making new work, solo playmaking, devising, puppetry, and clown. She was a 2017 Target Margin Theatre Institute Fellow and a former artist-in-resident at Dixon Place; she holds and MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, a BS in filmmaking from The University of Texas at Austin, and trained with Philippe Gaulier, Complicité, SITI Company, Spymonkey, Shannan Calcutt,  Atlantic Theatre Company and Movement Theater Studio.


Her project, *some humans were harmed in the making of this show, a drag puppetry self-help testimony play based on the life of Topsy the elephant, made two of Austin’s top ten theatre lists of 2018 and was nominated for 10 B. Iden Payne Awards and won 4. CB is one half of the idiot comedic duo DAMMIT LOLA whose mission is to challenge common narratives around conservative, religious, and governmental policies using DIY stand up shenanigans. Her current project, In The Beginning is a wild woman comedy that uses inflatable puppets, dance, and joyful mischief to reimagine the Genesis story from a totally new perspective, one free from shame, rejection, and labels. It  recently toured to the FRIGID New York Fringe and won Best Clown, Top Grossing and The Jill Miersch Award. It's next stop is Atlanta Fringe, June 8-11. 

She also works with other theatre companies in Austin making props and puppets. In 2022 she won two B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Puppetry for SVT's Bright Mother and Best Props for Ground Floor Theatre's Anna in the Tropics.

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