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biography

I am a theatre-maker who specialises in puppet and object theatre and in 27 years of professional experience have worked as a performer, designer, director, researcher and teacher/trainer/coach.

I trained by apprenticeship at the Little Angel Theatre (London) and worked as a freelance puppeteer for leading UK companies. From 1992-1998 I was a core member of the creative team at Norwich Puppet Theatre, devising and performing shows that have been invited to festivals around the world.

 Since 1998 I have been developing a training for puppeteers and actors that shows how anything and everything can be brought to life, looking at different aspects of combining actors and objects onstage, and offering an approach to devising performance with materials.

I have led workshops in drama schools, theatre festivals and rehearsal rooms in England, Norway, Finland, Spain, Estonia, Greece, Czech Republic and Russia. From 1998-2005 I was puppetry skills teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama (London), from 2005-2008 I taught visual theatre at the Institut del Teatre (Barcelona) and since 2010 I have been teaching in the puppetry department of the Turku Arts Academy, Finland.

As a freelance director and workshop leader, I continue to investigate the dramatic use of materials in theatre … everyday objects, puppets, moving scenography, animated costume, sticks, stones, water, car parts, toys … and whatever else you might suggest …

Rene Baker CV pdf