Anna studied illustration at CABK Art Academy in the Netherlands where she specialized in stop-motion animation. She completed the UNIMA School for Puppet and Object Theater in Amsterdam in 2008. Currently, she is enjoying a variety of puppety collaborations in Portland while working as a freelance puppet designer and puppeteer.
Annett Mateo believes anything can be a puppet! She has made all kinds of puppets out of all kinds of materials for people, projects and theaters both regionally and international. She is thrilled to be Puppet Master and Seattle Childrens Theatre and have a thriving freelance career as well.
Brittany is the creator of Britt & the Wily Wayfarers, which are original, interactive, fantasy themed puppet shows. The Wily Wayfarers take the audience on whimsical quests, and learn lessons about health, friendship and science along the way. Brittany Moering is also an enthusiastic puppet builder and a confirmed geek.
Clay Martin is incredible. His shows leave a smile on everyone's face. He resides in Tacoma, WA can occasionally be seen in the Portland circuit.
Dan Luce has studied, built and performed all over the world in the art of puppetry. He has toured internationally as a part of Phillip Huber’s (Being John Malkovich) Huber Marionettes troupe and has worked for years building large-scale puppets with Michael Curry Design (Broadway Lion King, Cirque du Soleil).
Gavin Cummins is a God among puppeteers. He is currently studying how to “shake the dolly” at the University of Connecticut, working towards his masters in Puppetry. His show The Bread Death is a must-see.
Jenelle is so super duper. She is one of the directors of the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam based in Seattle. We love her hard.
Katie is a production wizard by day and puppeteer by night. She enjoys eating pizza, jumping into the ocean and collecting tiny things.
Kelly Campbell declared at a young age “I want to be a puppet!” When she realized there were actually people who operated the puppets, she agreed “I guess I could be a puppeteer instead.” Kelly studied puppetry with San Francisco’s Lunatique Fantastique, then joined the Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre’s family in 2009 and has since performed in several season shows, one-person puppet plays, and puppet slams. Kelly is currently launching her own puppet company, KCPuppetree, creating original puppet plays out of re-used objects.
is Mr. Toad. He is currently living in New York City as a freelance Art Director and Character Designer, so sightings of the amphibian are less frequent. Long live the toad.
Rachel Jackson is a Seattle-based puppeteer and food enthusiast who specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes through her company, Vox Fabuli Puppets. The mind behind "MANOS - The Hands of Felt", she more recently brought her hands to "Stories for Bad Children: Chapter 2", and the The-Felt-a-thon. She also co-produces Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam in Seattle. www.VoxFabuli.com
Red Yarn Puppet Band
The Red Yarn Puppet Band is an energetic folk ensemble that enlivens animal folk songs with puppetry and interactive performance. The group was organized by Andy Furgeson, a teaching artist who uses folk music and puppetry to help children build creative skills, values, and an understanding of history. RYPB features the talents of Jessie Eller-Isaacs (middle-school teacher, singer, and craftster), Tony Candelaria (former Laika puppeteer, co-creator of arts production company Belly & Bones), Stef Choi (former Laika designer, co-creator of Belly & Bones), and a rotating cast of musicians and puppeteers. www.redyarnproductions.com
Samala Coffey is the director of local experimental puppetry troupe The Shenanigans Alliance. The Alliance was founded in 2010 by a pair of identical twins and features a rotating cast of talented Pacific Northwest performers.
Sarah Andrews graduated from Central Washington University with a BFA in acting. She has directed several shows including "Crossing" by Reza De Wet and "Misreadings" be Neena Beeber as well as a number of her own original works. She has been trained in puppetry by Brian Kooser.
Signal Light Puppet Theatre
Signal Light Puppet Theatre was founded in 2004. Co-artistic directors Bill Holznagel and Jason Miranda met while building Tears of Joy Theatre’s UNIMA award winning production of Pinocchio. They have built puppets and mascots for a variety of companies including PGE, Two Penguins Productions, Friends of Trees, Theatre Vertigo, and Oregon Children’s Theatre. www.signallightpuppettheatre.com
Simple Machines was formed in 2008 by Rollin Carlson and Tony Fuemmeler. A performing artist in Portland since 2001, Rollin has collaborated with a variety of companies in town, including defunkt theatre, Fever Theater, Playwrite, Inc., and The Forgery Theatre Collective. Tony is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist whose work spans puppetry, mask theatre, ensemble works and devised performance. The two met while puppeteering in the award-winning production of Pinocchio by Tears of Joy Theatre.
Smitty Buckler is an insane scientist who likes puppets, especially silhouette or shadow puppets. Smitty is also the artistic director the Collective of Geniuses, a non-profit dedicated to creating history and opportunities for under-represented artists. Through CoG, Smitty performs with Portland’s only Queer Acrobatic Troop: CoG’s Serendipity Acrobats.
Tayloranne Finch works as an Organic Farmer and Puppeteer out of Portland, OR. She is inspired by the mystic plant spirits and engages their wisdom while she works. She enjoys collaboration and multi-disciplined performances incorporating dance, sound, real and unreal objects into light shows. She'd love to hear from you and share stories!
Wisteria Fleming Loeffler
Wisteria is a graduate of Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA. As a puppeteer she's had the opportunity to tour with Tears of Joy Theatre, Teatro Calamari and more. She loves puppetry, because anything's possible, a rock can talk, a person can have no mouth, you're walking along and suddenly the whole world is talking to you.