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    March 23, 2017 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Perhaps you know or perhaps you don’t, but I recently decided to take a break from art. I’ll be doing some traveling, reflecting, and trying out some new things. Perhaps I’ll be back someday, but for now: I’m done.  Below is a short bit of writing around my decision…


    It’s November 1st and I have something(s) to share. Recently, I’ve decided to take a break from art. What does that mean? …you may very well be asking. Well, I’ve been building a career and a life in the arts for over a decade now and more often that I care to admit I’ve found it difficult, stressful and even unrewarding at times. I have lost sight of why I began down this path and have no perspective to offer for why I continue. l’ve let go of the idea that I would make a gainful living as an artist a while ago, and in return I somehow let myself believe I could expect to maintain some level of satisfaction or pride or joy or ease or something for that trade off. But no. Apparently that’s not a thing and in an effort to stave off total and complete burn out I’m going to take somewhat of an indefinite sabbatical.


    Grim, right? I feel like I’ve been incredibly blessed to have worked with so many insanely talented artists, mentors, collaborators, teachers, students, producers, audiences, etc, and yet I’m struggling. I fully acknowledge all the opportunities I’ve been lucky to get and all the beauty, joy, and history I’ve been a part of creating and the sum of all that just doesn’t come close to outweighing the bad stuff. It’s true. I don’t share widely what difficulty I’ve had in this career because often people’s reaction is one of disbelief. You?! But you just did xyz! How could your life be anything but amazing if you win a grant or work on a cool show? Aren’t you being ungrateful? A lot of people dream of being in your position. That sorta thing. I get shamed and belittled for harboring any negative feelings or critiques about the work I do and the field I work in, because I have an alleged “dream job.” Maybe except my mom who’s like “you need to get a real job, eric.” No shame, all shade = my mama.


    I’m tired of living/working in a culture that equates my value and perceived happiness to the work I do. I find myself resenting a career that I give so much to with few returns in the traditional sense, and for as much as I cherish interpersonal relationships, adventures, and one-of-a-kind experiences, etc–they do not pay rent, contribute to my IRA, or put food on the table. I don’t mean to make this decision all about capitalism and all of our continued complicity in it, but it is definitely a factor. I’ve had enough. I’ve been work in an occupation that consistently undervalues my labor, intellectual efforts, and creativity. I can’t do it anymore.


    I’m not assuming the world is wrong and I’m the misunderstood artist. I fully acknowledge that my dissatisfaction might very well be a me problem. Maybe I’ve been approaching the idea of art all wrong. Maybe I’m too greedy and want too much from a career that is unlikely to provide it. I could just be an impatient and spoiled person with a bad attitude. Perhaps I was naive about the intersection of culture and capital. Maybe on a basic level this country and its people don’t actually care much about art and the artists that make it possible. Perhaps I’m just overdue for a break. Maybe I’m just stubborn or worse yet a pessimist. I’m not really sure what the problems are or how to make them better, but what’s clear is that this major aspect of my life is toxic.


    As I considered what 2017 was looking like I began realize that the options before me were unappealing for a variety of factors. The prime of which was my continued (or possibly deepened) unhappiness. This left me in a position to trudge along as I always have and hope for things to magically change OR create new options for myself. Except, I don’t really know what questions I want or need to ask of myself, the field, or the universe. I don’t know that I understand how to begin to articulate the problems I’m facing in a productive way. I’ve had a job outside of the arts all of 7 months, so I’m also lacking in, uh, first hand experience with these so called “new options.” That’s what 2017 is all about! I need time to reflect on these concepts. I need space outside of the life I’ve created in order to gain a bit of perspective on what kind of life I truly want.


    This has been a really difficult decision to make, but it’s time. I’ve been dreaming on it for a few years and have finally decided to put it into action (yes, it’s true I’ve had a difficult time in this field and in my life before 2016). I don’t think this means I’ll never do art again, but maybe it does. I’m not saying I’ll never teach again, but that could be true for all I know. I’m not attempting to burn all the bridges I’ve been building of the past decade, but some will likely fall. For now, I’m going to focus on being a person who is defined by more than what my job is. It’s not that I won’t be an artist, but I certainly won’t be engaged professionally or informally in any projects, collaborations, classes, etc. For how long? I don’t know. This sabbatical could last for any amount of time. The only known factor is that it’s starting in January 2017.


    I’m glad I mentioned that. Let’s chat about 2017! Do you wanna help me figure things out or confuse me more? Gimme a call. Gotta spare room? I’ll come visit. Got ideas for what I should do? Lay em on me! Money making opportunity that doesn’t involve art? Please send the deets. Connections abroad? Beers on me! Got ideas for non-art creative jobs? Please tell me what that means. I’ve been in brainstorm mode for the past few weeks and I must admit that I’m so excited for a totally different kind of adventure. I have no idea what’s going to unfold, but it’s really lovely to be thinking about myself for once instead of my career. My mind is as open as my calendar! Looking forward to the conversations and adventures to come!


    End of rant.


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    July 9, 2016 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    It’s been a wild summer making work with the amazing Dan Hurlin! Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed is here!


    Next up, I’ll be going Taylor Mac to continue work on the 7th decade in his 24-decade history of popular music coming this fall!


    And later this year look for updates about my time at the University of Kansas this fall!

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    Get Ready!

    February 15, 2016 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Artist(s) on the Verge 7!

    My piece: 67 simple operations….

    I’m working everyday to bring this monster to life. march your calendars. Opening March 12. Closing April 17.

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    and taking plenty of dance breaks…

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  • 2016!

    January 26, 2016 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    It’s off to an incredible start y’all!



    This year began with performances of “The Wedding” in NYC…






    I’ll be adding a new section once I get all the photos back and the time to do so!  The piece was a resounding success and an important step in the development of The Life and Death of Eric F. Avery premiering this May in NYC.

    In addition to my own work I recently joined Dan Hurlin in his latest puppet effort. More info to come on this. I’m so excited you can’t even believe it.

    Things are also moving full steam ahead to my AOV Installation at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, this March.  More photos in updates to come on that very soon.

    Be well and look for more updates soon!

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    September 15, 2015 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Come see Prep Y’all! It’s happening at one of my favorites spots in the twin cities: Pillsbury House + Theatre. Incidentally you can also see the installation I made for the show in collaboration with Kellie Larson. It opens Sept 18 an plays until Oct 18.


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    It’s fall, y’all!

    September 3, 2015 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    This spring and summer have been amazing! Amazingly busy.  From Kansas to Prague I haven’t stopped long enough to even think about updating this site. But I mean it: New updates are coming soon.  In the mean time… this fall look out for two new installations at Pillsbury House + Theatre opening September 11 and 17th.  Also, I’m going to be doing some events and projects at my new space Sans Comic (aka the establishment), shared with the wonderful Mike Hoyt. Enjoy the last days of “summer!”


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  • Happy 2015!

    January 1, 2015 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Thank you to all those who were able to come and support my various projects in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and New York City!  Already this year is shaping up to be even more exciting than the last with projects happening in Kansas & Prague in addition to the usual places; new collaborators jumping onto the Avery bandwagon; the full realization of select works-in-progress; and more opportunities that are just around the corner.  Very very soon I will post documentation from my latest work: [PLAY]ing + (P)house, but until then here’s a little taste for those who weren’t able make it. I wish peace, love, and art you and yours in 2015!






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    Play[ing] + (P)house

    November 28, 2014 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    This year I was named a Naked Staged Fellow at the Pillsbury House + Theatre.  It’s been an incredible process over the past few months and now it’s time to share my work.  Please join me on December 14 at 4pm.  Tickets and more information are available here.

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    Winter Show

    November 2, 2014 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    My next project isn’t mine at all!  I’m the production designer for Bedlam’s upcoming production of Beaverdance! Bedlam is one of my favorite arts organizations around and I’m so honored to be working with them.  The show is naughty, funny, smart, and all the things I like to see onstage.  It plays from November 21 – December 21 and I certainly hope you’ll come and see it.




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  • Naked Stages September Update

    September 21, 2014 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    My fellowship at Pillsbury House + Theatre is more than half over and there’s still so much work left.  I’ll be making announcements soon about the title, other details, and my research/outreach project: FREE HONESTY (2.0).  Until then mark those calendars for the culminating piece on December 14th and enjoy a few photos of me by the amazing Bruce Silcox.





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    Free Honesty

    July 24, 2014 | Posted By: | Art |

    Here are some images from my latest experiment at Pillsbury House + Theatre as part of my Naked Stages Fellowship.








    Wanna know more?  Stay tuned for updates about my hours.  There will be more.




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    Home Sweet Hustle

    May 28, 2014 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    I just returned from a week in NYC to work on projects with the wonderful Julia M. Smith and Zainab Musa.  They are rocking full force, so for those in NYC keep stayed tuned for more official announcements in the summer.  Minneapolis folks interested in seeing our work in progress showing let me know if you’d like an invite otherwise it’ll likely happen pretty quietly at this phase.  Little more than two weeks before Northern Spark!  I’m excited, are you?!  A few new images are up for Minneapolis^3 in the “In Development,” section, so check em out.

    I will likely not be posting too much until after June 14th, but I will return with fancy pictures of all types very soon.  Thanks for supporting!



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  • Back and Better than Ever!

    April 20, 2014 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Thanks to a friend, I’ve reset my website and gotten rid of the pesky spam problem!  For those who have visited before you’ll notice a few changes, mostly notably is the new “In Development” section.  It’s there that I will give folks an idea of what cooking and what’s coming next. I’ve connected my Facebook page, so all the updates you don’t find directly on my website you’ll find there.  Everything this else is really just in the details.  Thanks for stopping by!

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    Under Construction. Be right back!

    April 4, 2014 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    This site was infected with a wordpress exploit that inserted spam into posts. I had to re-install wordpress to make sure it was gone, so my layout and navigation is broken at the moment.

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    Almost named… in progress

    March 12, 2014 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    My performance installation in collaboration with Julia M. Smith is moving apace.  We almost have decided on the title and will be sending out save-the-dates soon.  Since we live in different parts of the country we are developing material through weekly assignments.  Here’s a tiny bit of material from two different sections of the piece.



    Part of a drawing.  About parents.




    I’ve been thinking about decontamination and delousing.  Check out a video HERE.

    Stay tuned for more work and more details.

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  • Lastest Build

    March 12, 2014 | Posted By: | Art |

    Busy busy busy…

    Check out the latest piece I helped build/sculpt with Designer Chris Lutter-Gardella for the James Sewell Ballet.

    Inferno Devil

    Inferno Devil Mask

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    Excited to almost announce!

    February 25, 2014 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    It’s been a pretty incredible journey this past year and I’m so excited to announce 4 major projects lined up so far in 2014, but I can’t yet because of  one small problem four small problems.

    Project 1. Has funding and concept, but no title or official venue.

    Project 2. Has venue and concept, but no dates.

    Project 3. Has a venue, funding, and dates, but it’s someone else project and currently being kept under wraps.

    Project 4. Has funding, venue, dates, concept, and title.  I wanted to announce more than one thing.

    Two of the projects will be happening in Minneapolis, MN and two will be happening in NYC.  I’m so freaking excited though to get more details fleshed out and let everyone know what cool stuff is coming down the pipe. pike? Pipe.  Stay tuned for this information and surprisingly even more to come including changes to my website, opportunities to get involved in my work, and potential projects happening in my home state of Kansas.  Thanks for reading!


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    Sneak Peak: Untitled Hoarding Project

    January 17, 2014 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    After a 6-year hiatus, I’m returning to the gallery…



    … and I’m bringing friends.

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  • Summer

    January 13, 2014 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    I’m so happy that I’ll be working once again with Public Art Saint Paul this summer in Western Sculpture Park!  Check out this lovely video that explains what we do and what it means to us.

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    2014 ain’t so bad…

    January 9, 2014 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    This year is off to a smashing start!

    – I’m enjoying a very productive time at the Pilot Balloon Church House with collaborator Julia M. Smith.  We are working on two new projects.  I’ll post more documentation soon.

    – It was announced today that collaborator Zainab Musa and I were awarded a Cultural Community Partnership Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for $8,000 to develop a piece.

    Rudy’s is still my favorite pizza in the world! (I’ve had it 3 times since I’ve been here. shhhhhhhh, don’t tell).  It’s not all about work people.

    Stay tuned for more updates.  This year might just be the best one yet.

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    Why 2013 was so great…

    December 28, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    A lot of people get really excited about a new year.  It’s a chance to start fresh, an opportunity to do it all over again, to try once more at this whole life thing.  This year, I’m not.  2013 was so amazing and I’m a little reluctant to let it go.  BUT letting go is supposed to healthy or whatever, so I decided to make a list of some of my accomplishments to help me let them go along with the year.

    10. WHITE [people] – I did a version of my latest project at the Filmstrip Lecture Series at the Tannex in Albuquerque, NM. Goodbye for now.

    9. Moved back to the Midwest – Yup, I live in Minneapolis again and I couldn’t be happier about it. Peace out east coast.

    8. Awarded my first residency – At the Pilot Balloon Church-House in Lawrence, KS to work on a project with my pal Julia M. Smith.  Onward.

    7. Objectification – My thesis project, an abstract puppetry installation, to be tentatively remounted in 2015 at a theatre in Minneapolis.  See ya later traditional theatre.

    6. Graduating from Towson University – It was a long 3 years and I came out on top. MFA y’all!

    5. La Divina Caricatura – There’s nothing like working with a living legend and I was really floored to be a part of this amazing production with Lee Breuer at LaMaMa. Buh-Bye history making art.

    4. Return to teaching – I had sworn off teaching a while ago and this summer marked my return thanks to Public Art Saint Paul.  So long.

    3. The HOUSE show – Another one of my latest projects that came to fruition this year.  Ciao.

    2.  Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring – Once again I had the chance to work with an artist I truly admire.  Farewell.

    1. YOU! – I was surrounded and supported by amazing friends, family, and colleagues.  It’s what made my work and amazing life possible.  See you soon.

    Goodbye 2013.  Here’s to the hope that 2014 gives us all what we need.


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  • La Divina Caricatura: Review

    December 20, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    I’m actually not much into reviews, but other people seem to be.  Here’s what the NY Times thinks of us.

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    La Divina Caricatura!

    December 12, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Come and see this epic show:

    9 Singers

    8 Actors

    7 Musicians

    15 Puppeteers

    40 years in the making

    1 Lee Breuer

    La Divina Caricatura 

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    An Experiment

    November 6, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Well, the house show is done.  or rather it’s finally begun.  Thanks to all who made it possible.  Look out for pictures soon and possibly a whole new section to this website: In development!  For now enjoy this video of our first performance, held at my very own house.

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  • The HOUSE Show

    October 15, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    It’s happening!  Oct 27th.

    The first showing of my latest work The HOUSE Show, an experimental performance at my house, but really meant for any house.  There’ll be music, dance, hot beverages, rants, puppets, and even narratives threads to grab onto.  Spaces are going very very fast, so if you’re interested please contact me ASAP for more details.  Otherwise see you next time.

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    September 4, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    I’ve got secrets…

    Seriously.  There are so many exciting projects in the works for this fall.  Some of them are indeed secret, but others I just don’t have enough information to post yet.  Either way. They’re exciting!


    – This Saturday.  Western Sculpture Park.  Me. You. Festival.  12-5. It’ll be great.  I promise.

    – Come vist the Soap Factory soon.  I’ll be hanging out as part of the ART IS EASY IN 2014 starting September 7th.

    – Be kind to people who’ve been kind to you. (and even those who haven’t)

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    MFA. WTF.

    August 17, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    At this moment there is a lot being written about theatre artists getting an MFA or not getting an MFA.  As a recent MFAer, duh, I have an opinion.  Instead of me writing some of my partially formed thoughts I decided to post a fantastic article by Scott Walters.

    After going to Towson University, a graduate theatre program geared towards self-producing interdisciplinary artists, this article was a nice change in the tone of many of the conversations being had about grad school.

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  • So many new posts for you to enjoy!!!

    August 16, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    I’ve been on the road and supremely busy for the last well basically since January things have been a bit crazy.  Anywho,  enjoy this backlog of  back to back posts!

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    this summer, this fall, this year.

    August 16, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Wow. it’s been quite a summer. There were all sort of things I didn’t get to send updates on….


    Kicklines in the country. Beautiful women in plastic dresses.  Presidential lounge singers.

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    Lot and lots of cardboard. Some crayons.

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    Bizarre street perfromers.

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    Art in the desert with Allyson.


    And now that’s all over and  it’s nearly officially almost a decision…  I’ll be basing myself in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for the fall with the hopes of getting enough work to support producing my own work and making amore permanent settlement here.  Wonderful things are happening already in this incredibly supportive community.  More adventure are to come.

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    Avery & Friends

    August 16, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    For years I’ve been a bit anti-theatre company.  Even when Savage Umbrella was starting I was constantly overstating that “we’re not a theatre company. we’re a partnership.”    My resistance came from a few places.  Structures can be tricky.  With that same support solid rules, regulations, and ways of operating can empower us they can also trap up. They can sap innovation and push us towards conservative approaches to the work.  I’ve also been a bit wary of codifying the production, creation, and presentation of my work.  I like that in each new context I produce there’s a new puzzle to figure out, a new way to consider the viewer, and new faces.

    It wasn’t until I became familiar with an artist like Young Jean Lee that I was convinced a theatre company could find a balance between innovation and stability.  The difference, and  key, is it’s wholly one person’s vision.  Not just an artistic director choosing what plays etc, but one person’s vision for what everything ever put onstage is.  I know it seems counterintuitive, but imagine a model not reliant on appealing to the broadest range of the population, but imagine one centered on an artist.  At the helm is a human with a personality, values, ideas, flaws, etc.  In this advanced stage of capitalism we find ourselves operating in, the human connection is more important than ever.

    So that said, I’ve started a theatre company.  Obviously, I don’t think of it as a company.  To me it’s a vehicle to aide producing my work.  The basic structure puts me at the center of each project in collaborations with one other primary artist.  For instance, this fall I’ll be working with Justin Knudsen on my one man show and this winter with Julia M. Smith and I will begin work on our immersive piece bout hoarding at a residency.  There are other projects in the works, but it’s a bit too early at this point to announce them.  Anywho, more and more info will be coming down the pike… pipe? pie cake?. as things develops.


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  • Come Out and Play!

    August 16, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Here are some fun community events I’ll be teaching at:

    – I’ll be teaching one more PASPider workshop in Western Sculpture Park on Saturday, August 24th from 1p-4p.  It’s the last one of this season, so we’re pulling out all the stops.

    – On Saturday, Sept. 7th from 12p-5p I’ll be back at Western Sculpture Park for a festival celebrating their 15th anniversary.  I’ll be teaching some sort of art project and leading a Recycled Parade

    – Lastly, I’ll be making scarf marionettes at the Selby Ave JazzFest on Sept. 14th.  I believe I’ll be at the family tent from 12p-5p.  I hear this event is a blast!  The puppets are for sure.




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    Favorite Best Buddy

    August 16, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    My one man show is coming along there’s a small chance it might be traveling sooner than even I thought.  I’ll certainly keep you posted about developments.  This month I’ll be starting work a collaborator and I’ll also be participating in ART IS EASY IN 2014, an installation at the Soap Factory this fall.  It’s an interesting concept.  As part of the installation artists will be working on new work and I’ll be tentatively working on Wasted Ruins [working title].  I look forward being a part of it.  I’ll send more details when I have them.


    Lastly, I found the love of my life.

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    It’s a charango.  It’s from Bolivia.  It’s my favorite.  It’s coming soon to ears near you….

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    Almost Update!

    July 11, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Greetings from Sunny Albuquerque,

    There are so many things to report and so little time!  I promise I’ll have a couple of new posts soon.  One about me and Picasso and another about… something else.  I’d tell you now, but then the post would be rendered redundant, now wouldn’t it?

    Have a great summer wherever you are.




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  • Get Wrapped!

    June 6, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Come on out this Saturday at Northern Spark in Lowertown St. Paul!  It’s sure to be a fabulous time!  More info here!

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    Summer Workshops!

    May 31, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |


    Summer is shaping up!  If you’re in the Twin Cities area and you have little ones be sure and check out the public art workshops happening in Western Sculpture Park.  There are some fantastic artists with some wonderful projects your little ones will love.  It’s a drop-in workshop so no registration required and it’s absolutely free!

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    PASPider 2013 Calendar[2]_0

    I’ve got some other projects in the making for this summer and very exciting news for the fall, but this is all I can officially announce at this point.  Stay tuned for the fun.

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    The Rock Star

    May 9, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    So, I defend my thesis in a few days and hopefully become a full fledged MFA.  That’s exciting news.  I turn 29 at the end of this month.  Goodbye 20’s.  My traveling will continue throughout the summer. Safe journeys.  I’m thinking about becoming a rock star.  Rock on?

    For those who have been keeping score my play Ex-gays was originally conceived with myself in the lead role of Pastor Brian.  Things changed and we ended up casting the lovely Carl Atiya Swanson instead.  That was absolutely the right choice for that particular production, but once can’t help but wonder what the original concept would have been like.

    Now, I’ve got a hankering to be a rock star.  And why not?!?!?  Sometimes It’s very difficult being in this field.  Sacrifices are made more often than I’d care for.  It’s moment like these that I relish.  Every new creation is more than an opportunity to say something to the world, but every now any then I can fulfill a fantasy of mine.  Obviously there’s more to this idea than prancing around in ridiculous clothing.  Although I don’t really need much of an excuse to do that.  For now.



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  • My next (next) project

    April 22, 2013 | Posted By: | Art |

    So some, none, or many of you may know about my piece Objectification that is currently in development and slated to have it’s world premiere in 2015, but I don’t think anyone knows much about my other project at the moment.  Myself included.  Why should that stop me from telling you all about it?

    My inspiration for this piece comes from a few sources.  First is a reaction against my other current project Objectification. Don’t get me wrong I love it and think all the work going into it is absolutely worthwhile, but it’s also nice to make art that requires less logistics, funding, and resources.  For years I’ve harbored a secrets longing to be a musician.  I’ve practiced my piano chords, tried in vain to strum away at a guitar, taken up Djembe, and even spent a fair amount of time with an ol harmonica.  This is the project where I want to challenge myself to rise to a level I have yet to achieve in my musicianship.  Lastly, I want to continue my exploration of new ways to create this thing called theatre and connect to the folks who sit and watch us…

    Somethings that I think I know about this piece….

    – It will be a solo show. Just me.

    – There will be a variety of performance mediums included (puppetry, dance, song)

    – It will be humorous. Mostly. Maybe.

    – It will take place in venues other than “proper” theaters. (living rooms, back yards, roof tops)

    – It will travel from place to place and grow and develop. It will never be the same.

    – I will once again do some writing, but will also do some non-writing aka  improvise.

    – It will be political. that’s Political.

    – It will all fit into my new best buddy pictured below.




    Stay tuned for more developments on this project and more announcements of my goings on this year!


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    Have you missed me?

    April 18, 2013 | Posted By: | Friendly :) · life |

    Me too!  I’ve been on the road since January and this trend shall continue for 2013.  I’m working on my post graduate life and plans, which are coming together slowly and slowly.  Please keep you eyes peeled.  gross.  Keep your eyes open for updates on my whereabouts, as any day I could find myself in your neck of the woods.  In the coming year it’s possible I could be spending time in the following cities:

    Charlotte, NC

    Denver, CO

    Lawrence, KS

    Minneapolis, MN

    New York, NY

    Albuquerque, NM

    Austin, TX

    and all the places in between….




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    What the heck am i up to right now?

    February 21, 2013 | Posted By: | Friendly :) · life · Theatre |

    I’m so glad you’re interested!  Currently, I’m working on Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring as a puppeteer and his Asst. Director.  It’s a total blast and the show will be premiering in North Carolina this April.  If you’re interested check out this blog  OR Basil’s regular website

    In my tiny moments of freedom I’ve been trying to get thing sorted out with the documentation from my thesis project. Soon to be publicly known as Objectification. Or something like that.  It’s without question my most ambitious undertaking as an artist thus far and I’m excited to develop it further and share it with you.

    Other than that I’m busy trying to line up gigs for the remainder of 2013 and working on grants and residencies for 2014.  Once things start to firm up I’ll be sure an post all the latest news right here. Until then, do what you love or love what you do.


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  • What is Theatre TODAY?

    February 18, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    This is an ongoing feature where I ask myself about this field that I’m in….

    Today.  Art is a business like any other business.  I’ve been thinking about the bills I have to pay, the kind of food I would like to eat, and other money related thangs.  That’s what it comes down to doesn’t it?  No matter how much I love what I do it doesn’t seem to have an effect on my pay stubs. No matter.  At the end of the day I LOVE what I do.  I suppose I could go on some rant about how the arts are under appreciated and our internalization of corporate culture doesn’t really help the matter.  But I won’t.  It’s a nice day and business is good.




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    New Project!

    February 3, 2013 | Posted By: | Art |


    I wanted to share a few images from my latest project. More details will come…




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    What is my process? (5)

    February 3, 2013 | Posted By: | Art · life |

    Well, the performance happened! It went really well.  I’ll be adding materials to the portfolio section of my website, but in the mean time here are a few pictures:

    paper pieces part three

    paper pieces part one

    In the 11th hour i recruited the fabulous emily hall, with whom I write a burger blog. So many of the choices I was wrestling with  became clear once I needed to explain how I wanted the performance to work to another person.  Unfortunately, video of the piece doesn’t exist.  This entry is a little weak I know, but I’ve lost steam from this project.  I suppose the best thing to do would be write a conclusion of some sort….

    My process is not fixed.

    My process is unpredictable.

    My process is one of my favorite things about being an artist. I like that I can imagine in ways that no one of few have dared. I like that I’m an inventor, an alchemist, a pagan, and a priest.

    My process is in process.

    My process can be torturous, especially when I’m in charge and the new people in the room don’t realize how much I trust The process.  I don’t have to know exactly what I’m doing if I trust and just keep doing.

    My process is unapologetic.

    My process is a truer reflection of who I am than a mirror.

    My process is silly, fun, slappy, happy, smiles.

    My process is an ongoing adventure with my bestest pals inspiration and aesthetics.

    Best of all my process is mine.  I love to share it, but even if I wanted to I wouldn’t know how to give it away.

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  • What is my process? (4)

    January 19, 2013 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Oy!  I’ve been unable to make posts for a various reasons. and still currently having technical problems.  My performance is tonight, but ill backtrack some of what transpired between my last post and the show.

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    What is My Process? (3)

    December 31, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · Theatre |

    Time is still very scarce, so I’ll be brief.  I started picking and listening to music last night and today and themes starting presenting themselves…

    birds and v

    Birds, V’s, & Faces.

    Now, I’ll let this sit and see what other themes will emerge.

    (For those who don’t know this is part of an short series leading up to my upcoming performance at the Baltimore Puppet Slam January 19th.  As as experiment for myself and audiences, I’m documenting how the piece is developing from nothing to finished product.  Stay tuned for more updates.)

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    December 31, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · life |

    What a year!

    Some of my highlights include:

    Working with Basil Twist, Lee Breuer, & Kwame Kwei-Armah. I need to work with more women! Hire me ladies!

    Bmore Puppet slam – Adventures in Technology N’ Stuff. My first professional puppetry gig.

    The NYC Premiere of “21 Thing I Never Told Chicago,”  which was also my very first show in NYC.

    Moving out of Baltimore.  Just not my cup of lake trout.

    Finishing my last class of grad school (so hopefully last class ever)!

    Moving to Philadelphia.  West Philly if you’re cool.

    Being connected and reconnected with so many wonderful folks in 2012.  I look forward to what and who 2013 might bring…  I’m excited for another year of life, creativity, happiness, and love.

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  • What is My Process?(2)

    December 28, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · Don't be silly! · Theatre |

    Here is a page of notes for Eric F. Avery Presents a New Piece by Eric F. Avery; OR Paper Pieces  




      It’s a frighteningly accurate depiction of my thought process for this particular piece in this particular moment…  I’m quieting the part of my brain that creates ideas and now I’m searching for a container or a thread or some means of ordering the chaos.  I have no particular interest in logic or narrative for this particular piece (or in general), but I do want a clear understanding of how these things relate to one another in a theatrical space.  If it’s not clear by now.  I have a great trust in the process of creation.  Something will emerge.

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    The Rite of Spring

    December 27, 2012 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    I’m so very excited to be working on this show!!!  Check out this sneak peak video from some of our exploratory workshops this past summer!  Rehearsals start up in February and we open in NorthCarolina this April!!!

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    December 24, 2012 | Posted By: | Don't be silly! · life |

    Some people visit family or friends for the holidays.  Other folks don’t celebrate any holidays at all.  So many ways to celebrate or not celebrate: Making dinner, watching a movie, opening presents, taking a vacation, eating a pretzel, sitting by a fire, kissing someone, doing a jig, holding a baby, decorating a tree, lighting a menorah, having a picture taken,  smoking a cigar, ordering chinese take-out, playing games, baking cookies, cuddling on the couch, holding a conversation, listening to music, going skiing, having sex, drinking wine, talking on the phone, sharing secrets, building a snowman or lady, etc…


    One way to spend the holidays is writing a thesis.

    I do not recommend that way.


    Happy Mary Y’all!

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  • What is my process?

    December 21, 2012 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    I’ve spent a lot of time in grad school thinking about this question and I’m sure I’ll continue to. I thought it would be neat and/or fun to track my process as I work on a piece.  So yeah… Here we go.

    A few weeks ago I signed up  again to perform at the Baltimore Puppet Slamwich.  So it seems kinda backwards, but getting a gig or opportunity is usually the first step for me. I need the pressure! I don’t know what my deal is. Yes, I can casually create, but to really get it up artistically I need a deadline looming.   It’s rarely negative though, which is nice.

    So…. Next up.  What the hell am I doing? It’s a delightfully terrifying moment. The idea free fall.  Anything is possible. All options are open.  Too many choices. I love it! It’s the opposite of writer’s block.  For the slam I’m thinking about doing something with paper, doing something abstract, doing something meta-theatrical, and doing something humorous. I don’t know what any of those mean specifically for this piece, but they are things I’m curious about intersecting with puppetry and each other in this moment.

    That’s where we are.  I know I know I know. I need to make some choices, find a structure, get it on its feet, start making a piece instead of thinking a piece.  I will. Eventually, I will. Wish me luck.

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    NYC Premiere

    December 18, 2012 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    So… better late than never right?  I’ve been dealing with some personal matters (A hospitalized friend), so I didn’t have a chance to post this:

    It went really well. And my friend is getting better. Life.

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    What is theatre TODAY?

    November 19, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · life · Theatre |

    Today. November 19th.  Theatre is a pain, it’s a pleasure, it’s a dream of a future that may or may not choose to reveal itself.  I’m ankle deep in thesis work, but what’s truly on my mind is: what’s next?  Not only am I curious about where the heck this wanderer will end up in a few months, but I’ve also been recently wondering if theatre will ever look like something different than what it is today.  Will it function differently or serve a different purpose for different communities?  I certainly hope so, but as the odometer ticks I get a lose a little more faith that it will.

    I was really inspired this weekend when I interviewed Hanne Tierney and hung out at the gallery she runs: Five Myles. I don’t wanna go gushing all over the internet, but I was really moved by talking with her and experiencing the gallery.  It made me think about my own current thoughts about thangs.  I’ve been wanting a space of my own, but had never really considered a multi-disciplinary space.  Although, duh.  Of course I want to be in close proximity to visual artists, musicians, dancers, cooks, gardeners, programmers, etc, we have to much to learn from each other, so much to share.  Where will this space be? How will I procure it?  These, I suppose, will have to be addressed another time.  maybe once i’m a grown up with brilliant ideas….

    So I guess, Today, theatre is a little old-fashioned and a little too insular for my tastes. Not that exceptions don’t exist, but on the whole, theater is a closed institution.  Even within the field, folks are so wrapped up in their specializations and interest groups that they rarely get the chance or take the opportunity to stroll around and see what else there is.  What’s happening neighbor?  Today, I want to introduce theatre to some folks it hasn’t met and perhaps expose it to somethings it never considered.  Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

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  • Goodbye NYC!

    October 24, 2012 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    Just finished up two weeks on two projects in NYC!

    La Divina Caricatura with Mabou Mines! AND The Rite of Spring with Basil Twist!

    These both are shaping up to be truly wonderful pieces of theatre and I look forward to sharing more about these productions as their development continues.  Until then I’m about to head into thesis land.  Wish me luck.  Freedom approaches.


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    Catching Up

    September 24, 2012 | Posted By: | Friendly :) · life · Theatre |

    Oh my poor neglected website…  There will be updates soon!  In fact, here are a couple right now:

    – I now live in Philadelphia, PA. West Philly if ya wanna get specific.

    – I’m ALMOST done with my MFA in Theatre @ Towson University. so close…

    – This fall I’ll be rehearsing for some exciting projects including Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring and Lee Breuer’s La Divina Caricatura.

    – I’ll be making my premiere in NYC with an ol Baltimore favorite. 21 Things I Never Told Chicago, by Julia M. Smith. It’ll be at Dixon Place. Many more details to come.  In fact, lemme know if you wanna be in it.  We need like 20 people!

    It’s been an exciting summer, but I’m back at it. Making lots of new works and getting ready to spread my wings and fly once again!  Please come back again sometime. I promise that exciting things are coming.





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    Summer travels

    July 4, 2012 | Posted By: | life |

    Currently, I’m on the road for the summer.  So there’s that.

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  • What is Theatre today?

    May 2, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · Theatre |

    I don’t mean that in the sense of 2012 or even the 20xx’s, but what is theatre on this day?  It’s a question I’ve been asking myself recently and I love that it changes day by day or week by week. Sometimes old themes return and new ones emerge.  Long story short. This is a thing I’m going to write about starting…. now.

    Today…. I’m full of hope for American Theatre.  I look at various news sources and things seem to be improving. Patrons are giving again.  New programs are starting like this.  Some think of theatre like a dying institution, but I  think that the theatre I prescribe to was never a part of those institutions.  Theatre is an underdog story.  It has to be.  As soon as something is popular in this country it is a commodity and maybe I’m an idealist or an elitist, but commodities are not art. At least in the Andy Warhol way they aren’t. Perhaps in the Buddhist way… Ya know finding beauty in everything.  Meh.  Thankfully, we don’t need to know what’s what until tomorrow and today there’s hope.

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    Spring Excitement

    March 26, 2012 | Posted By: | Art |

    Oooooh, so many exciting things are happening!  This week: Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique, Shovel in the Dirt by Still Pointe Theatre Initiative, and Black Cherry’s new piece Between Mean.  I also hope to see the show at the Strand, but there are only so many days and hours.  Go out and see something!

    I have another exciting announcement to make about this May, but I’ll wait until I have all of the details… I’ll give a hint. Transmodern Festival.  Aw yeah.


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    March 16, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · Friendly :) |

    I just finished a day of exploration with the fabulous Anna Fitzgerald on my latest piece: Objectification.  Things are moving right a long and the project is really starting to take me in some fascinating directions.  Check out this video of a light puppet.  Not a shadow puppet, not a black light puppet. a light puppet.  I hope to have many more things to share soon.

    This weekend be sure and see something fabulous.  I’m off to The House of Fitzcarraldo on Saturday!  Hurray for Kansas artists!  Also, I might see Porgy and Bess and maybe a downtown show… Who knows with NYC.

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  • Spring? Fever

    March 11, 2012 | Posted By: | Random · Theatre |

    I just got back from a week of work with Basil Twist and boy are my puppet arms tired!  No? Fair enough.  Be sure and check out his min-fest in DC area if you can.  I will!

    I’m going to get better at updates really soon.  They will include some more stuff on Objectification and hopefully I’ll be making some announcements about upcoming performances soon.


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    January 28, 2012 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    I just did a workshop of my latest show: Objectification…  It went really well, and I’m so excited to share this with folks. Enjoy!

    Objectification Vid

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    Who said this was easy?

    January 24, 2012 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    I think I’m doing stand up on the 31st at the Zodiac…. but I um, haven’t heard for sure, so show up maybe?  If you are able see see see Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show.  It’s more vagina than I’ve seen… well ever, but one of the most thought provoking shows I’ve been to in a while.  I also saw Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys at the Philadelphia Theatre Company.  I don’t have any pictures of that but look what i did right be fore the show!

    Maybe if this theatre thing doesn’t work out I can be a professional darts player…  Anywho, back to posting more pictures on my actual website!

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  • January is an exciting time!

    January 16, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · Friendly :) · Theatre |

    So it seems my website is slowly, but surely making progress.  I should have everything I’ve got up by the beginning of February, which is great!

    The Puppet Slamwich at Black Cherry Puppet Theatre was wonderful!  So many cool artists… Thanks to those who were able to make it out.  I will post pictures as soon as I get some.

    Tomorrow, I start work on my next original production: Objectification.  It’s a complicated one, so I’ll just be workshopping some of the concepts, but it should be a crazy time.  I look forward to posting more.

    I start an internship at Centerstage this Tuesday with the wonderful Kwame Kwei-Armah, so clearly super jazzed.

    I also am going to be doing some stand up comedy. So. There’s that too.

    So many things to look forward to in the bleak mid-winter.

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    Back in BMORE!

    January 11, 2012 | Posted By: | Art · Theatre |

    I’m back in Baltimore and so much better at all things digital with my trusty sidekick: MAC. He’s a computer. Anywho, click on the picture above if you haven’t already to check out the poster for the puppet slam I’ll be performing in this weekend.

    I’m sure there are many wonderful artists involved in this: My pals are performing January 13th. It’s sure to be a good time! If not, I’ll buy even more drinks!

    And lastly as mentioned before: I’ll be there the 21st!

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    Unhelpful announcement

    January 5, 2012 | Posted By: | Uncategorized |

    There are some upcoming shows in Baltimore you should check out. January 12 & 13 I have colleagues from the Towson MFA program and the Un Saddest Factory performing pieces at the Baltimore Theatre Project. Those are all the details I have on hand.

    On January 14th, yours truly (eric f. avery for the uninitiated) will be performing his latest piece at the Puppet Slamwich at Black Cherry Puppet Theatre. I don’t have any details with me at this very moment, but I will add more.

    Lastly, Young Jean Lee’s latest piece “Untitled Feminist Play” will be play in NYC starting January 20th or so. She’s not a friend, yet, but I love everything I’ve read and seen on Youtube.

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  • I am #1

    November 26, 2011 | Posted By: | Don't be silly! · Random |

    My first post…. well… the first one I didn’t delete.

    If you are looking at this post it is highly likely this site is still a mess.  Be patient.  It will soon be a wonderland full of opportunities to be creepy and look at all of my pictures and funny anecdotes. For now… enjoy the confusion.

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