I think the question I’m asked most frequently (after “What do you do?”) is “How long have you been a puppeteer?”. The answer is, “Since before I even knew I was!”. What child hasn’t made an inanimate object into their very much *alive* plaything?
Then I was introduced to the magic of Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and even Mr. Rogers, and I just wanted to do what they did – and now I do!
Was there training? Sure. I studied Communications in college and went on to participate in more specific workshops like the Henson Master Class and the Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive. I make connections everywhere I go and have worked with and learned from amazing people in LA, Phoenix, Chicago, Houston, and Atlanta to name a few. My career experience in education and social services has also trained me for my work as a puppeteer…as has being a father to my two rascally boys!
Today I use my shows to educate in schools; provide therapy for social service groups and hospitals; and to entertain for birthdays, holidays and corporate events. Every show and every audience is a unique and exciting experience. My work really is play and I couldn’t be happier to share it whenever I am given the opportunity.