Adrian Rose began puppeteering and building puppets in November of 2006, when she became part of the Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck and Wishing Chair Productions.
NPL’s traveling Puppet Truck offers the residents of Davidson County, TN over ten different literature-based shows which utilize nearly every style of puppetry including marionettes, hand and rod puppets, Bunraku, and shadow puppetry. Performed mostly for elementary schools and day-cares, the Puppet Truck boasts over 300 performances, for over 20,000 children and adults, per year… and counting! These shows have also been presented to hundreds of festival goers at Nashville’s spring and fall Tennessee Association of Craft Artists fairs, the annual Celebration of Cultures, and the Library’s 2008 International Puppet Festival and 2011 Nashville Puppet Festival. In addition, the Truck performs special shows at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.
Throughout her nearly five years as a puppeteer with the Puppet Truck, Adrian has had the honor of working with puppets designed and crafted by Nashville’s legendary Tom Tichenor, Chicago’s Peeko Puppeteers Billie Logan and Elly Reed, Wood and Strings’ Clarissa Lega and Leon Fuller , and NPL’s own Wishing Chair Productions.
In addition to her work on the Puppet Truck, she has also had the pleasure of performing in Wishing Chair’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and Peter and the Wolf; which was performed with the Nashville Symphony.
Adrian is also proud to have worked with Brian Hull’s BriAnimations on several projects including Dollywood Theme Park’s production of Llama Llama Red Pajama, sculpting and casting the baby llama heads; and Ladybug Girl, building a marionette and hand puppet of “Bingo” the basset hound. She also assisted in sculpting, casting and painting marionettes for the live show Masters; which begins its national tour in the fall of 2012.
In January of 2008, Adrian Rose co-founded Mechanical Animals Puppet Caravan. She directed and performed the original productions of Nowhere Tales at the Library’s 2008 International Puppet Festival; and The Outlandishly Odd (But Not Entirely Untrue) Tale of the Moogally Foop! at the 2011 Nashville Puppet Festival. In October of 2010, Mechanical Animals worked with the band Lylas to create a multimedia, one-night-only, performance entitled The Singing Shadow. Mechanical Animals is Adrian’s labor of love; putting her free time and energy into producing imaginative, unique, and challenging new works.
What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry
I grew up in the 80's watching Sesame Street and the Muppet Show! Enough said.
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
Jim Henson, Phillip Huber, Roman Paska, Bazil Twist, the list goes on and on!