is a puppet artist and scenic designer. Her work The Paper Hat Game was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and received the UNIMA Citation of Excellence. She has received funding from The Henson Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and the Mid Atlantic Arts Fund. Bend is an Associate Professor at Duke University.
I first came across Pedro Reyes's work while researching performance and social activism. I was profoundly struck by his piece Palas por Pistolas (Shovels for Guns), an initiative that began with a city voluntarily turning in guns and ended with school children planting trees with shovels built from the melted down weapons.