Director | Designer Los Angeles
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Puppet | Mask Design

Puppet | Mask Design

Wood Boy Dog Fish by Rogue Artists Ensemble

Wood Boy Dog Fish by Rogue Artists Ensemble

Puppet Design Approach

Sean has been a puppeteer since he was just three after convincing his parents to buy him his first puppet at a swap meet. Sean has been designing and building for over twenty years and have had the pleasure of collaborating with many organizations and artistic teams over the years including Rogue Artists Ensemble. He specializes in large scale puppet and mask design and fabrication for theater, opera and film with an aesthetic that oscillates between the off-kilter to the whimsical.

His creations are often inspired by Bunraku puppetry traditions from Japan as well as mashups of multiple forms of puppetry including rod, black light and hand puppets. Puppets and masks are powerful and often underutilized storytelling tools and his experience as a director and designer will ensure a successful production.

Sean's design work has been seen on stages large and small including South Coast Repertory, The Getty Villa, A Noise Within, Cornerstone Theater Company, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Chicago Opera Theater and the Long Beach Opera.  

Sean is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. View my resumeContact Me.

9' tall giant puppet built for the U.S. premiere of The Perfect American, a Phillip Glass opera @ Long Beach Opera, Los Angeles & Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago

Building and fabrication

With over ten years experience in fabrication including sculpting, casting / molding, jointing, mechanics and rigging of puppets and masks both large and small, any creation is possible. Sean's workshop in Los Angeles has all the tools necessary to realize even the most complex of creations.

Over 30 puppets were created for Mr. Popper's Penguins @ South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa

Teaching

Sean also has experience in teaching all-ages including multi-month residencies at colleges focused on manipulation and building techniques as well as devising and directing theater. 


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