Our mission is to create and support new works, and to present the highest quality shows for the people of Detroit and Hamtramck in a way that is inclusive, intimate and community-centered. Since 2004 we have been striving to give residents in Detroit and Hamtramck access to the arts regardless of income levels, to include them in the cultural revitalization of their own neighborhood and to expand their experience of what performance can be. In 2012 CMAP officially incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit.


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We advance our mission through four programs areas:

  • Presenting Contemporary Puppetry

  • Community Collaborations

  • New Detroit Commissions

  • Activating Space

CMAP enables storytelling . . .

. . .with a variety of media and tools that are employed to make creative work – utilizing performing objects, video cameras, voices, text, choreography, bodies, space, etc – these tools allow us to tell the stories around us with imagination and truth.

We privilege forms of art that are not mainstream, including puppetry, performance art and spectacle. In performance art, the medium is the body and the actions performed are the work. We employ puppets as representations of the body and share the space with them and the audience to make emotionally resonant object-driven narratives. Our programs are created in the spirit of collaboration, bringing artists and residents together through performance and art events that are multicultural, multilingual, family-friendly and oftentimes free.

CMAP considers the viewer’s environment as an important aspect of the work - for example, in The Living Room Series, the domestic spaces of a renovated abandoned house serve as intimate performance areas. In the Outdoor Summer Series, the scale of the work expands to include the landscape of the city and the darkness of the night sky.

Carrie Morris

Carrie is a director and performance artist producing work that combines puppetry, multimedia and the gestural language of experimental theater.. Most recently, she was honored as one of the 2018 Kresge Arts 'Live Arts Fellow', As a director and puppet designer, her work has been seen in the NYC Fringe Festival, The Athens Museum of Art, Seattle’s Annex Theater, the Canadian Fringe Festival and as an invited artist working with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. She holds BFA in directing from NYU and an MFA in Studio Art with a focus on multimedia and experimental puppetry from University of Michigan. She is a J. William Fulbright grantee in the field of performance art for creative work in multimedia shadow puppetry in Solo, Indonesia. Her work has been supported by the Princess Grace Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Erb Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and from 2011-2015 she served as the Program Manager of Puppetry and Performing Arts for the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

Founder & Director

Julién Godman

Julién is a creative non-profit and public relations professional based in Detroit, with over 12 years of experience working with small to medium sized organizations. He is also an international storyteller and frequently travels to collaborate on projects large and small. Most recently he was recognized as an Young Cultural Innovator, as a 2019 Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow. Additionally, he currently serves as a Special Adviser to the Beatrice & Reymont Paul Foundation. His latest personal endeavor is his first print book, Andanzas, Vol. I, Friends

Marketing & Public Relations Manager

Erin Esposito

Erin has been employed in nonprofit theatre realm for over 25 years. She served as Company Manager for Surflight Theatre (NJ), Jersey Shore Entertainment and West Virginia Public Theatre for 11 seasons.  At Surflight Theatre, she also served as the Director of Education for 5 years, as well as the Interim Artistic Director for one season. Erin has been a teaching artist for over a decade; her students now appear in Broadway, film, and television productions. Erin's stage management credits include Theatreworks USA!, the Novi Civic Youth Theatre and Surflight to Go's educational tour. Erin is a graduate of Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a member of the Actors and Stage Managers' union (Actors Equity Association).  

Production Manager

Torri Lynn Ashford

Torri lives and works in Detroit. She has performed with local ensemble-based theatres including A Host of People, The Hinterlands, the Matrix Theatre, PuppetART Theater and CMAP, as well as other artists across Southeast Michigan. For the past four years she has headed the children’s puppet workshops and summer camps at PuppetART Theater. At present, Torri is exploring shadow puppets and silhouette puppetry, solo performance work, and her identity as an artist. In 2017 she was awarded a New Leaders grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs from her work leading CMAP’s Community Outreach Initiatives for their Detroit commission and residency of the world-renown Bread & Puppet Theater. She will return to Vermont this coming summer to perform in Bread & Puppet Theater’s 2018 national tour from August-December. Watch for her puppet Izzy in the Michigan Science Center’s summer learning programs.

Community Outreach Coordinator & Puppet Production

Catherine Michael Chin

Catherine Michael Chin is a writer, historian, and puppet artist who is interested in how mundane objects create extraordinary imaginative worlds. He is the author and editor of three books on ancient religious ideologies, has written essays and articles for both scholarly and literary journals, and has shown puppetry work in Detroit, New York, and St. Paul, MN. Currently he is writing and performing in a series of hybrid artistic-academic projects on ancient animism and non-human life, under the rubrics Forget/Remember: The Dream Oracle of Trophonius and Life: The Natural History of an Early Christian Universe.  He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University in 2005 and divides his time between teaching in Classics at the University of California at Davis and working on puppetry projects in Detroit.

Dramaturge & Company Member Puppeteer

James Abbott

James is from Detroit and if there is anything that he truly enjoys it is entertaining others. He has performed on several stages across Michigan in different media forms. He is an actor, director, writer and mascot but,what James enjoys most is being a puppeteer. He is most excited to be a part of the CMAP team.

Company Member Puppeteer

Madelyn Etzcorn

Madelyn is a puppeteer and puppet maker who has worked with CMAP since 2017. Previously she has worked with Interstate Arts’ production of Good Bones, and developed puppet shows for fringe festivals and puppet slams. Currently in her studio practice, Madelyn is examining the relationships between western culture, gender and the environment through puppetry, printmaking, and drawing. She works as a flower farmer during the growing season and a graphic artist in screen printing and embroidery during the winter. She currently lives in Hamtramck, MI.

Company Member Puppeteer

Lindsay McCaw

Lindsay lives in Southwest Detroit and has been building and working with puppets for over 15 years with various groups including In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (MN), Barebones Productions (MN), NYC Halloween Parade, among others. Driven by the delight and relief people seem to find in live, imperfect and unmediated performance, McCaw says, The Dolly Wagglers, a puppet company she owns, are committed to making puppet shows till we finally keel over.

Build Coordinator & Puppet Production

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Madelyn Porter

Porter is a member of Actor's Equity Association (AEA).  Currently she is Lead Instructor for Michigan Opera Theatre's Create & Perform/Community Outreach Program; writes/performs Storyliving for Detroit Historical Society/Museum, The Henry Ford/Greenfield Village, Troy Historic Village; tours THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SOJOURNER TRUTH, and presents a series of One-Woman Shows for theatres and special events.  "My goal is to promote professional, quality, relevant, socially conscious arts in the city of Detroit...to share with the world.

Molly McMahon

Molly McMahon is a theatre artist, producer, and social worker based in Detroit, MI. As a theatre artist, she has worked professionally for over 15 years throughout southeastern Michigan. As a director, she has worked with Planet Ant Theater, Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company, Matrix Theatre Company, and BoxFest Detroit. As an actor, she has performed for young and adult audiences in more than 30 resident and touring productions with many theatre companies including Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company, Planet Ant Theater, Abreact Performance Space, A Host of People, Elizabeth Theater, The Ringwald Theater, Breathe Art Theatre, and Wild Swan Theater. She was also a resident puppeteer for two and a half years with PuppetART in Detroit. She is a producer of BoxFest Detroit, an annual festival that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors, and from 2010 until 2017, she served as the festival's Artistic Director. In 2018, she graduated with her MSW degree from University of Michigan, and since then, she has served children and families throughout Wayne County as a therapist within a community mental health organization. She also consults with local theatre arts organizations on branding, communications, fundraising, program development, and program evaluation. She combines her social work lens with her knowledge of, and skills in, performing arts and nonprofit administration to help organizations increase their community impact to affect greater change.

Corey Gearhart

Corey received his MFA in Performance and his BFA in Studio Art (School of the Art Institute of Chicago). Since the 1990’s he has worked in a wide variety of media, incorporating and re-contextualizing fragments of art history, popular culture and technology, and engaging collaboratively with artists of different backgrounds. His fine art, video, installation and performance work has been seen in such venues as Assembly Gallery/The Courtyard (Scotland); Blue Rider, Links Hall, Drive-Thru Studios and the Spare Room (Chicago); the Ann Arbor Art Center and the Duderstadt Video Theater, University of Michigan. He and partner Stefanie Cohen co-curate performance through their space, Light Box in Detroit.

Stefanie Cohen

Stefanie teaches movement, dance and somatic practice with a focus on the integration of bodily awareness and the creative process. She holds a BA in Theater (Brandeis University); an MA in Somatic Education (University of Central Lancashire, UK); completed the Contemplative Dance program as a facilitator of Authentic Movement; and is registered as a Somatic Movement Educator through ISMETA. Stefanie has worked as an improv dancer and performance artist for more than 25 years, teaching and performing in theaters, festivals, retreats and universities. She and partner Corey Gearhart co-curate performance through their space Light Box in Detroit.

Emilio Rodriguez

Emilio is a playwright based in Detroit. His works have been part of festivals including the inaugural Latino Theatre Common’s Carnaval of New Works, the inaugural Activate Midwest Festival at Western Michigan University, and the Austin Latino New Play Festival. Emilio was a 2015 finalist for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s Excellence in Playwriting Award and the 2016 Finalist for the Playwright's Center Many Voices Fellowship. He is currently working on commissions for the JET Theatre and Portland’s Milagro Theatre. When he’s not writing, Emilio teaches theatre to young people in the Detroit area through programs with Living Arts, Matrix Theatre and Disney Musicals in Schools.  

Oliver Pookrum

Oliver is a graduate of Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse, Cass Technical High school, and Wayne State University. He is the producer, director, and star of the Michigan premiers of Jesus Hopped the A Train and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog, as well as the author of The Wall, Spook, Dutchman 2K, Pearls of Wisdom, and The Dunbar Boy. Oliver is also the founder of the African Renaissance Theater and The Pookrum Playhouse.

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CMAP is dedicated to providing a forum for contemporary puppetry, multimedia performance and artistic exploration in Detroit.

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