I’ve been a puppeteer in film and television for over 30 years.
I started out as a mime, attending The Mime School Unlimited in Toronto and L’Ecole De Mime Corporeal (Omnibus) in Montreal. During this time I also studied clown with Richard Pochinko, performing with his troupe in New York and Germany. as well, I’ve studied with the Del Arte School (masks), and Dean Gilmore (clown). I studied voice with David Smukler, Michelle George and Rae Ellen Brody. Improvisation I studied at The Second City with Alan Guttman and Bruce Hunter who I later went on to work with for many years. I studied acting at The New School of Drama and film acting at the the Professional Actors Lab.
So where’s the puppetry? In 1983 I was working in a mime troupe with Rob Mills and Trish Leeper. The Muppets came to Toronto to shoot Fraggle Rock . The Three of us got hired on to run around in body suits as the Gorg characters. Four years of working on Fraggle Rock taught me most of what I know about puppetry. To be sure I ‘ve learned more over the years, I learned something from every production I’ve been on. I also took workshops with people like The Puppetongers Powell, Albrecht Roser and Nikki Tilroe to name a few, but the Muppets laid the base and set the bar. Click on the history link to see my full resume.