"I'm very impressed by the way the stage and side panels extend the world of the characters, not just metaphorically but by becoming the stage set. Great job! I can't wait to see how I explore this idea myself."
"Did you make all the Paradies? I like them... especially the bird headed one, but I have that affinity with animals, dontchaknow.
Very surreal, but very good. It might take me a while to get my head around it. I especially liked the first bit where…"
50 years of studying performing creating writing for, fascination with, exploring of, filming, animating, and seeing as many interesting varieties of puppetry, as I could. I am just warming up! 20 of those 49 as a professional and director of Dreamlike Puppet Co.
I only found out about all you other puppeteers and organizations in 2002, Hello
What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry
the middle child of 7 we were all puppeteers always making up songs and skits for each other. We were all funny and not without talent, but it is I who have had the nickname of Puppet Boy since I was 5 years old, so they remind me. Continued fascination, observation, research experimentation and performing is FUN, so I see no reason to desist.
A theater background, and The School of Visual Arts also helped the process.
A singing voice, a knack for amusement, and seeing all things - puppet is a way of life. I cannot help it.
In 1967 or 68 after seeing an inspiring performance of "The Jungle Book" I tried to get backstage and was rebuffed.
I tried again, and again, and for my perseverance I was rewarded with an education in backstage choreography, if I promised to sit in a chair and not make a sound.
I saw professionals in practiced action, and Nick Copolla's Nicolo Puppets advanced my conceptions of the possibilities of puppetry.
Another influential performance was Peter Baird's revival of Bil and Cora's, " Davy Jones' Locker. "
Before 1989 jul and I were making marionettes for sale.
When the great Jim Henson died, I saw a tremendous documentary on his life's work. I felt compelled. We began performing professionally, and have only made cast-members since.
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
That would have to be Alda and Charles Poore.
who gave me encouragement, materials, advice, and financial support, without whom the dream of being a lifelong puppeteer could never have been. Nick Copolla, Jim and all the Hensons, Paul Winchell, Roberta Leigh, The Quay Bros, Ray Harryhausen, Gerry & Sylvia Anderson, Edgar Bergen, senior Wences, and oh ... there are more.
If I Were a Puppet, I'd Be...
working with other articulated objects to create a revolution against the tyranny of the puppeteer, and for the complete weightless freedom of the puppet soul. Then we would make some real movies.
More About Me:
married 25 yrs. to Jul who was my touring partner and costume maker for 20 yrs. with DPC - however, ... suddenly and tragically, We lost our beautiful wife mother and partner in all things, in Dec 2008 may she rest in peace.
We are the parents of Dylan and Sean 20 & 23.
I am Director of Dreamlike Puppet Co.
surrealist painter, poet, musician, sculptor, writer, AND
New York City Firefighter 1981 - 2004 receiving the full experience.
Dreamlike Puppet Co. in which I perform solo, or formerly with my late wife and now our 2 sons, Dylan and Sean. Our shows are musical festive and very entertaining, large festival stages, or small groups, using string rod hand shadow and mask puppets.
performing primarily from Montauk to Manhattan to hundreds of thousands
The Puppetry Guild of Long Island
The Puppetry Guild of Greater New York
Puppeteers of America
The Galactic Puppetry Consortium
Thanks for sharing so many pictures of your Wonderful and unique work. Your body of is very diverse but I see a strong contemporary art influence in most of you subjects. It reminds me of the art history classes I took in collage.