"Professor" Ben t. Matchstick is founder of the Cardboard Teck Instantute, which cannot be put into any one catagory. As co-creator (with Pete Talbot) of the PinBox 3000, a cardboard tabletop customizable pinball kit, multiple award-winner at World Maker Faire and National Maker Faire. I am an entrepreneur, puppeteer, maker, and go-getter. I am the co-creator of Grottoblaster, a hip hop infused fantasy adventure interactive puppet spectacle. Capable of giant ephemeral cardboard sculptures and puppets for parades and pageants. I often host summer camps and are frequent makers-in-residence at schools and after school programs. I am a members of the Generator maker space in Burlington. I work in street show styles like Japanese kamishibai and medicine shows. I write and perform vaudeville acts, draw comics and create original music as needed. I'm very interdisciplinary in my approach.
We approach each residency differently. Depending on the age of the students, or the audience, we are capable of developing theater, interactive sculpture exhibits, or puppet events. Mostly our residencies steer towards the PinBox 3000 as a platform for ingenuity and problem solving, with the end result being an "ArtCade" similiar to Caines Arcade. This product is the culmination of 20 years of work in schools as artist and educator. It is the absolute best offering. Pinbox 3000 can be done with an arts focus, a maker experience, or a interdisciplinary approach that could include content reinforcement from any subject, game and media studies, or entrepreneurial or manufacturing exercises.
I would like to tell my story as artists who became a business owner and in doing so are able to achieve a wider audience and greater influence in the education space.
Ben t. Matchstick is also available for workshops in the interdisciplinary dramatic arts and conceived theater. He is the co-creator of the Broadway musical Hadestown, and has been making theater for 20+ years.
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