Creative Influences

Masks, Puppets, Theatre


  • Fascinated by dance, storytelling, masks and puppets from around the world. Lynne studied international performance traditions such as Bunraku, Chinese Opera, Wayang Kulit, Wayang Golek, Native American and Tibetan sacred masked dance, masks and costumes.


  • Researched historical masks from Africa, Tibet, Nepal, China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Bali, Northwest Coast Indians, and Kachinas as part of Theater Arts degree.


  • She also studied contemporary puppet theatre by attending performances and lectures at the International Festival of Puppet Theater in New York City in the mid-1990s, which featured artists like Larry Reed, Roman Paska, Hystopolis Productions, Cosmic Bicycle Theatre, Mabou Mines, Mettawee River Company, and the exhibit “Ralph Lee: Masks, Festival Figures & Theatre Designs (1998) at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.


  • While working as Director of Development for Theatreworks/USA, I learned a great deal about the creation of original musical theatre for young and family audiences. Grateful to Jay Harnick, Charlie Hull, Barbara Pasternak, Ken Arthur and Joyce Isabelle for all they taught me about theatre.


  • Bread & Puppet Theatre, puppet and performance internship with Peter Schumann (1997)


  • Julie Taymor, Juan Darien, Lincoln Center Theater (1996); The Green Bird (1996); Lion King (1997); Titus Andronicus (1995?)


  • Anna Deavere Smith, Fires in the Mirror (1992); Twilight: Los Angeles (1993); Let Me Down Easy (2008)


  • Robert Wilson, William S. Burroughs, Tom Waits, The Black Rider (1993); Brooklyn Academy of Music; Robert Wilson, Tom Waits, Alice, an opera by Robert Wilson, Tom Waits, Paul Schmidt, based on Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' (1993), Brooklyn Academy of Music


  • Chang in a Void Moon by John Jesurun, the first serialized play ever produced in NYC, began in 1982 at the Pyramid Club with Episode #1, won a Bessie in 1985, and has been highly acclaimed through over 58 episodes produced to-date in New York, Munich, Zurich and Berlin.


  • Comedic influences include Clowns Without Borders, Moshe Cohen, Patch Adams, Michael Christensen & Big Apple Circus Clown Care, Bill Irwin and David Shiner (Fool Moon), PeeWee Herman, Steve Martin, Mr. Bean, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton.


Visual Art


Among the artists whose work has had a deep influence on Lynne’s work are Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Joseph Cornell, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Robert Rauschenberg, Frida Kahlo, Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder, Rosalind Solomon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Andy Goldsworthy.


Living in New York City


  • When she was in her 20s, Lynne worked as a photography assistant to artist, Rosalind Solomon, traveling with her to Peru for one month and managing her printing studio and assisting with other creative projects. Ms. Solomon’s work is in the collections of MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At one of her artist parties, met Claes Oldenburg and Isamu Noguchi


  • Employed as a window display artist at Macy’s in New York City working under the guidance of Linda Fargo. Learned about contemporary fashion designers, Issey Miyake, Kenzo, among many others.


  • Transitioned to floral design and party planning for Philip Baloun Designs, assisting with décor and design for galas at the Metropolitan Opera and the American Museum of Natural History, among others.


Summer in Washington, D.C.

  • Employed by Federal Services Administration, Art in Architecture program and learned about contemporary sculpture in public places in D.C.


Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee

  • At age five Lynne was crowned queen of kindergarten and her royal robe hung in her closet for years reminding her of leadership potential.

  • Credit goes to Lynne’s mother for teaching her about fashion and costumes at an early age. She also instilled in Lynne an abiding passion for Halloween costumes and decorations.

  • Studied tap dance, ballet and jazz, aged 6 to 12

  • Studied piano and sang in church choir

  • Public speaking and leadership in high school

  • Annual trips with her mother to outdoor autumn art show, Plum Nelly

  • Studied visual art at Hunter Museum of Art and with Jim Collins at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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