Associate Artists


Our Associate Artists are part of our wider community who use puppetry and animation as part of their practice. They work in a variety of settings from community arts to the film industry.



Bee Daws Puppetry |

Bee is a puppeteer, puppet maker and director. She uses inspiration from everyday to inspire her performances in theatre and film.  Bee also offers workshops, parties and small performances for events.

Emma Byron |

The Otherstory is a Bristol-based collective of puppeteers, activists and musicians committed to telling stories that are playful, political and run counter to the narratives of the powerful.

Jean Goubert |

Jean is a musician and performer who works in theatre and circus. He is also a woodworker and welder who builds theatre sets and props.

Charlotte Warburton |

Charlotte is a artist and designer maker. Since graduating from Wimbledon College of Art in 2014 she has developed a set of “hands on” skills in fabrication and painting used in the making of puppets, props, sculpture and scenic art.

Matthew Whittle |

Director, performer, dramaturg, producer, improviser and devisor. Co-director of The Wardrobe Theatre, Closer Each Day Company, The Smoking Puppet Cabaret and member of Beyond The Ridiculous.

Greg Stephens |

A puppet maker and performer who creates films of fantasy puppets; dragons, goblins and monsters. Writes children’s and historical books under the name Cornelius Clifford.

Tessa Bide |

Tessa makes innovative theatre for family audiences, based on original stories and featuring puppetry, live music and physical theatre.

Anna Wilson |

Anna works with many different people from a multitude of backgrounds on arts and media projects, helping organisations and individuals tell their stories and find creative solutions to their concerns.

Katie Underhay |

A puppeteer, puppet maker and designer. She tours with Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company and is the founder of Peafrog Puppetry and based near Weston-super-Mare.

Nix Barnaville |

Nix is  a producer, facilitator , teacher and performer of theatre and circus arts, specialising in Theatre for young audiences. She collaborates with playful artists , children and young people, working in partnership with venues, community organisations and in educational settings  to create engaging and exciting performance arts experiences.

Mayra Stergiou |

Mayra is a performer, puppeteer and director.  She is interested in creating work that touches the links between dance and puppetry and multimedia.

Alex Goodman |

Alex performs with Moving Panorama, an early form of animation which is back lit making it reminiscent of magic lanterns/shadow puppetry. She also uses some basic shapes as shadow puppets as part of the performance.

Jacqueline Avery |

The MakeShift Ensemble creates theatre on stage, off stage and all about. exploring physical ensemble performance in all its forms as a tool for engaging, affecting and pass on the story. They explore all forms of puppetry and object manipulation as part of their practice.

Adriana Meirelles |

An animator, and director, Adriana has an MA in animation from UWE and moved to Bristol from Brazil two years ago. She also works in theatre, making animations that interact with performers. Her work mixes stop-motion with motion graphic and she is truly passionate about puppets!

Sylvia Hunt Presents |

Artist, performer, producer and writer working in theatre, cabaret, street theatre and performance art, Sylvia’s work is for adults and family audiences. She primarily works in physical theatre and clown and uses puppetry  as part of that world of large than life characterisation and storytelling.

Charlotte Whitten |

Monkey Trousers Theatre is a Bristol based company producing original plays for families and schools. Using live action and puppetry, we perform regular adventures in the original theatrical sitcom for families: Mr Gotalot’s Gotalot Shop.

Lucy Bishop |

Lucy is a theatre maker and a puppeteer. She is a founding member of the award winning physical theatre company The Outbound Project who incorporate puppetry and object manipulation within their work and offer puppetry workshops.

Jack Stiling |

Jack makes moving sculpture and automata. He has worked for independent performers, museums and galleries around the South West, as well as the Film industry. As well as his own practice, he works with creative communities to offer technical advice and practical services. He has been a part of bringing performances from the page to the public, building a diverse range of contraptions to meet unique requirements.

Trevor Houghton |

Trevor is a puppeteer and puppet maker working mainly with Otherstory – a collective of puppeteers, artists and musicians.  He has experience of creating and performing in various puppetry media including live animation, shadow puppetry, paper theatre and large street puppets.

Kinny Gardner |

Extensively using puppets, figures, dolls and objects, Kinny has directed and choreographed work in Scotland and across Europe.  He has been the co-founding Artistic Director of Krazy Kat since 1982.

Sarah Rowland-Barker |

Noisy Oyster is a puppet company who perform in theatres, schools, festivals – both national and international.  They use rod, table, marionette, shadow and big costume puppets.

Christopher Harrisson |

Christopher is a theatre maker, writer and illustrator working primarily with physical storytelling that uses animation and projection.  He was co-artistic director of Rhum and Clay Theatre Company from 2010-2016, creating visual, physical theatre, and now works independently creating solo pieces as well as collaborating with other artists.

Jake Ruddle and Ayla Terzi |

Jake and Ayla are a duo working with puppetry and sculpture to create amazing, moving, thought provoking artwork.

Marta Smyk |

Marta’s work is 3D based.  She makes puppets and sets which she then photographs and presents as illustrations.

Erzsebet Tamas |

Erzsebet makes puppet theatre for children and facilitates educational activities using art.

Davy & Kristin McGuire |

Davy & Kristin head an award winning creative studio that design unique visual experiences through art installations and theatrical projects.

Niki McCretton |

Niki makes experimental work for adult audiences based on personal fascinations and experiences.  She also directs Stuff and Nonsense, making work for families.

Seth Woolf

Seth is a designer and fabricator working with props, puppets, armature, toys and costume.  He is also a stop-motion animator.

Tomasin Cuthbert |

Tomasin is Artistic Director and Producer of Soap Soup Theatre, proud makers of devised visual theatre who use puppetry, object manipulation and clown to create theatre for family audiences.  Their work is design led, with colourful and creative design, tactile puppets and inventive object work.

Gretchen Maynard-Hahn |

Gretchen is a freelance designer, maker, puppet builder and performer who has worked on many projects with companies including Norwich Puppet Theatre and Horse and Bamboo.  Her recent work has incorporated an interest in live feed video performance and animation.

Tom McDonagh |

Tom produces and performs innovative theatre using modern manufacturing methods, advanced optics and skilled puppetry.

Emma Williams |

Emma is a freelance puppetry director.  For the last nine years she has been Performance Director for The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s Design and Puppetry Production.  Emma also makes outdoor, site-responsive performances with designer and puppet maker Mary Drummond.

Susie Riddell |

Susie is the Co-Artistic Director of Idiot Child who make work that is playful and peculiar, starting from autobiography, exploring what it is to be human and how hard it is to be alive sometimes.

Emma Powell |


Our Associate Artists scheme provides a variety of benefits including:

• Discounted rates and residencies in our fabrication and rehearsal studios
• Dedicated training and skills sharing sessions
• Support and Knowledge sharing via our online network
• Networking Events with other Associate and Resident Artists
• Discounted rates to Puppet Place events


To become an Associate Artist of Puppet Place costs just £20 per year. Please note we have a fixed renewal date of 1 April and the scheme is currently full. Membership is via application and we notify all applicants of our decision within two weeks.