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Sarah Plummer

Sarah Plummer is a PhD candidate in Social and Cultural Thought at Virginia Tech researching the way performing objects are used within social movements.

Sarah Plummer is a PhD candidate in Social and Cultural Thought at Virginia Tech and a proud Appalachian. She worked professionally in technical theater, lighting and costuming, before working as a journalist in West Virginia's coalfields for seven years. She has a M.A. in English Literature from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in Theater Arts from Berea College in Kentucky. Her research brings object-oriented theories (theories that examine intra-actions between humans and nonhuman objects) in contact with Bread and Puppet Theater. She examines the ways in which the theater creates, writes about, and mobilizes performing objects, specifically bread and puppets, within their performance styles and spaces.

protestors at the people's climate march
Puppets in Protest
Essay

Puppets in Protest

6 April 2021

Sarah Plummer discusses how puppets aid socially engaged groups during protests in three key ways: amplifying tension, creating accessible messaging, and evoking solidarity.