Why The Program was Created
This program was created by DLUX Puppets. It was commissioned by Kaiser Permanente and the Diablo Regional Arts Association in order to help children reflect upon their time in quarantine. The COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine has had a tremendous impact on the mental health and wellness of our youth. Some children have experienced feelings of isolation, insecurity, fear, despair, anxiety, and helplessness.
As a nationally-recognized, Las Vegas based production company, DLUX Puppets’ live theatrical shows are presented at performing arts centers across the country. We use high-quality puppetry, actors, and digitally projected virtual scenery to perform fun musical adaptations of popular titles. DLUX Puppets is excited to be entering the digital space with Quarantine Time Machine. It is our hope to create highly entertaining and educational content that empowers children and gives them strategies to have a positive and peaceful mindset. Learn more at www.dluxpuppets.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Diablo Regional Arts Association (DRAA)
As the nonprofit partner of the Lesher Center for the Arts (LCA), DRAA enriches the lives of thousands of East Bay residents every year by raising funds to support the full spectrum of arts and entertainment at the LCA. DRAA is committed to serving all incomes and ages by providing joy, inspiration, and hope through education and outreach programs. Learn more at www.draa.org or follow DRAA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @DRAAattheLCA.
Lauren is the Education Director and Co-founder of DLUX Puppets. She has been a classroom teacher for 12 years and is a two-time district wide teacher of the year nominee. She is a certified Mindfulness Educator, a Positive Discipline in the Classroom Trainer, and has her Masters in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. With a degree in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, Lauren has an extensive background in the performing arts working as a professional actress, singer, and voice over artist.
Derek is an award winning puppet designer, puppet builder, puppeteer, singer, and actor. He’s designed and built puppets for television, music videos, short films, and theater. Derek received the Los Angeles Stage Alliance 2013 Ovation Honor Award (for Puppet Design) for his work in Shrek The Musical. In 2016, he played the title role in a reimagined workshop of Sweeney Todd at the famous O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut as part of the National Puppetry Conference. As a puppeteer, he has worked with educational companies Class Dojo and Word Scientists. For a combined 6 years, Derek was onstage in the principle cast of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, the longest running musical revue in history. Derek is the Founder and Artistic Director for DLUX Puppets.
Mental Health Expert
Quarantine Time Machine
Being passionate about helping children, Dr. Tracy Leibach entered the school counseling scene in 1999 after earning her B.A. in psychology and M.A./Ed.S. in school counseling and mental health counseling at the University of Florida. After gaining some experience in a school setting, Dr. Leibach earned her Ph.D. (also at UF) in school counseling and began teaching as an adjunct professor at the graduate, university level in counselor education studies. She is a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and is currently practicing as a school counselor at the elementary level. Dr. Leibach prides herself on helping her community become stronger through building relationships with her students, their families and valued stakeholders. She is an advocate for those who cannot do so themselves and strives to maintain a trauma-sensitive school to support the development of the whole child. Dr. Leibach is the President/CEO of Cooper’s Corner Productions and produces videos to help children and their families/teachers with difficult social/emotional topics on Cooper’s Corner Puppet Show.
The Quarantine Time Machine
HELPING CHILDREN PROCESS FEELINGS IN A HEALTHY WAY
This project was commissioned to serve educators and parents to help children process their experience in a healthy way. With the help of our Mental Health Expert, we have created a 4-lesson video series and social-emotional learning curriculum for educators to complete with their students. This program was designed to be completed via distance or hybrid learning, but can be adapted for strictly brick and mortar settings as well.