My work as a mask and puppet maker has offered me the opportunity to work with many talented performers, teachers and other artists including Donato Sartori in Padua, Italy, who taught me the art of leather mask making.
Theater educators in Canada, Australia, the U.S.A and England work with my masks. Some of the theatre training programs that use my masks include University of British Columbia, University of Victoria; University of Alberta; London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art of London, England; Victoria College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia and The National Theater School, in Montreal, Canada. They are also in numerous private collections.
For the past 10 years I have had the honour and privilege to be part of the ongoing collaboration between Mortal Coil and Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolfpack) on many of their shows. This continues to be a challenging and extremely rewarding experience. I am grateful to be part of this team. There are photos of some of the work I have done with them in both my puppet and mask galleries.
For Theatre Beggar I created the puppets for the very successful show, “The Little Old Man” which was nominated for a Jessie award. More recently for Axis Theater, I created the puppet for “Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch”. Barbara Clayden, who did the costumes, and I won a Jessie award for the Mr. Hatch puppet. At the moment I am working on “Cry Heart, but Never Break”, a collaboration between Mortal Coil and Axis Theater.
I acknowledge that I live, work and play on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.