Luis Tentindo designs, builds and directs puppet / object-theater pieces, which are largely influenced by his choreographic experience. From 1994 to 2008 he danced in several New York City-based contemporary dance companies, including with dancemakers Terry O’Connor, David Gordon, Donna Uchizono, Doug Elkins, Janis Brenner, and Frey Faust (in Cologne, Germany). He performed the character of Roderick and created the girl puppet "Polopel" for Elise Kermani's performance film POE. As an independent artist, he has had residencies at Bogliasco (Italy), The MacDowell Colony, and Djerassi. His puppet theater work has been presented at the Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Theater for the New City, Dixon Place in NYC, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. He also presented performances and workshops at the Skirball Cultural Center, The Fowler Ethnographic Museum, and at XFest! (SIUE). Luis’ works have received generous support from the Jim Henson Foundation. In the summer and Fall of 2014 he was a teaching artist with ArtWorxLA and in October he presented workshops at the National Puppetry Festival and Conference at UCONN. Luis was a recipient of a 2014 Vision Scholarship from the Opus Archives and Research Center. Luis will complete his MFA in Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance where his also a teaching associate. Support from UCLA includes the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, WACD MFA Hawkins Fellowship, and other awards.