About Andrew

I’m an independent filmmaker and professional puppeteer based in Toronto, Canada.

My professional career began at the tender age of eighteen with Canada’s acclaimed black light puppet company Famous PEOPLE Players, where I spent about four years performing in close to 1,000 black light shows across Canada and around the world. Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to go on to have the opportunity to build, direct and perform puppetry on both stage and screen throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in far-flung places around the world like Chile, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico and South Africa.

Since 2008 I’ve collaborated extensively with Unraku, a puppetry studio in Toronto that I co-founded with several other like-minded artists in 2008. I also periodically I find myself employed as a consultant on various projects for film, TV and theatre and I often give workshops and lectures about puppetry and its role in film, video and digital media at schools and conferences throughout North America.

Artistically speaking, my influences are eclectic and ever changing, but I draw a lot of inspiration from the work of Jim Henson, Scott McCloud, John K., Hansjürgen Fettig, Kihachiro Kawamoto, Hayao Miyazaki and Kyle Cooper.

Currently I’m engrossed in actively developing Adrian Raeside’s best-selling book There Goes The Neighborhood: An Irreverent History of Canada in to a feature length film utilizing puppetry and animation. I’m also slowly producing a documentary about the art of puppetry that’s loosely based on PuppetVision and at any given time I usually have several other irons in the slow-moving fires of development hell as well.

I make my home in Toronto’s West End where I try to spend most of my non-working hours hiking, cooking, reading, watching movies and hanging out with my significant other (she’s pretty awesome).

Questions and comments are most welcome via puppetvision.