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Puppet master Sandy Spieler wins McKnight award


​June 20, 2014

More than 40 years ago Sandy Spieler, a minister’s daughter who grew up in Washington, D.C., during the turbulent 1960s, dropped out of Wisconsin’s Beloit College and moved to a sketchy neighborhood in south Minneapolis. There, she threw herself into the kind of street-level art that is more about community than commerce.

As artistic director of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Spieler spearheaded the conversion of an E. Lake Street porn theater into a national mecca for puppet-making. She also co-founded the wild and woolly MayDay Parade, which attracts tens of thousands to Bloomington Avenue and Powderhorn Park each year...


Read the full article at the Star Tribune online.