Who We Are
"Well planned, well resourced, sympathetically directed and a dynamic creative experience for children & staff. Powerful creations, hilarious fun, quiet times of tenderness and delight, exciting new skills and culminating in a breathtaking performance."
Mary Kendall, Plymouth Headteacher.
John Moat was a poet, painter and novelist who co-founded the Arvon Foundation with john Fairfax and the help of Ted Hughes. The Arvon foundation runs residential programmes for writers to develop their work. John was hugely supportive of our work. Sadly, John died last year (2014). He cared passionately about the imagination and education.
Patrick Cooper is an internationally acclaimed children's author. He also has extensive knowledge and experience of puppetry, as writer, director and performer. He has twice been a school governor.
Pippa Healy is a former TV and Film director and is now a photographer who is deeply involved in contemporary art initiatives and believes in the critical importance of creativity and the arts in childrens’ education.
Julia Bond was deputy head at Bidwell Brook Special School and is a director of Devon Arts in Schools Initiative. Julia is also an artist in her own right and has a degree in fine art.
Martin Goldschmidt is the co-founder and managing director of Cooking Vinyl Records. He has worked in the music industry since 1982. As well as his success in the Creative Industries, Martin is a proficient chess player and has coached Grand Masters.
Julie Barton is Headteacher of Bradley Barton Primary School and is profiled by two of her pupils thus: Hobby: running and keeping fit. Job: Headteacher, meal time assistant, cleaner. Interesting fact: Ms. Barton is very good friends with Flat Stanley.
Tony Gee - Creation Myth Puppets was co-founded by Tony Gee, who has worked in the arts and as a puppeteer, for over 30 years, touring shows and workshops all over the world..
Tony has an MA in Applied Drama and has been an associate lecturer in higher education theatre departments for over ten years. He has lectured at several universities: Exeter, Dartington, Plymouth and Birmingham. He has run many professional development events for artists including at the Royal College of Art. He is a published author and co-holder of the world record for creating The Biggest Puppet Show on Earth! (with 462 children and a team of puppeteers)
Tony works internationally including working with First Nation communities in Canada and is a research associate with the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Council at Regina University in Saskatchewan. He is also Artistic Director of The Moveable Feast Workshop Co, a production company that combines art forms and artists to form collaborative teams who then provide bespoke workshops. He is based at Seale Hayne in Devon.
Karol Silva was born in Brazil and has resided in London since 1996. Karol is an actress, artist and puppeteer who completed her MA in Theatre Practice at the Royal School of Speech and Drama. Karol has been giving puppetry workshops for children since 2006 in addition to creating her own work on film and performing with other companies.
Roz Hilton studied devising and collaboration at the Dartington College of Arts and went on to specialise in interactive and immersive work – bringing her own playful innovation into Installations, Puppetry, Storytelling, Stand-up Poetry, and Experimental Theatre. Before joining SAPTA Theater she worked, for companies such as; Odyssey Works (San Francisco), Antennae Theater (London), Angel Heart Theatre (touring, UK), and Wondermentalist Cabaret (Devon, UK), as well as creating the successful 2 woman show ‘For Our Sins’. She is a published illustrator and poet.
Anna Cantoni is a graduate of Dartington College of Arts. She has worked with The Moveable Feast Workshop Co. on several community arts projects and has been a highly effective and imaginative member of the team on several projects.
Charlie Narewski Scullion co-directs, with his wife Victoria, The Clockwork Moth, a collaborative group who specialise in shadow-puppetry as well as installation art and workshops. Charlie joined Creation Myth Puppets in 2015.
Harriet Piper is a puppeteer with a Masters degree in Theatre Practice, specialising in Puppetry and Object Theatre, from London's Central School of Speech and Drama. She loves sharing the magic of puppetry and have over six years experience working on puppetry projects, performing puppet shows and running puppetry workshops in London, Colombia, Peru and Indonesia.
Chloe Purcell since graduating in Theatre and Visual Art in 2003 has made & performed with puppets for theatre, film, television, commercials and music videos.
Chloe has produced and toured with her own puppetry shows throughout the UK and internationally. Chloe has works for the Little Angel Theatre’s Education department delivering puppetry workshops for all ages. Chloe is puppeteer in residence at Thornhill Primary School in Islington. She has worked as a visiting lecturer at the Central School of Speech and Drama and the Institute of Education.
Martin Corbin has a degree in animation and now runs the art department at The Park School on the Dartington Estate in Devon. He has worked for several puppet companies including Puppetcraft. He has worked on making shows with Creation Myth Puppets for twenty years and is a very accomplished puppet maker, performer with making skills in many different creative disciplines.
Claire Morley is a play leader in South Devon with a level 3 NVQ in Playwork. She has worked using her skills in arts and crafts with children, and adults, of all ages and abilities in community projects, charities and schools since 1977. With a particular interest in textiles, Claire has qualifications in Design and Craft, specifically feltmaking, embroidery and life drawing. She has a BSC(Hons) in Environmental Science.