SO YOU WANNA BE A PUPPETEER?!
“I can teach you the basics of puppetry in an afternoon, but it will take you a lifetime to master it.”
Bob Baker, Puppet Master.
I moved to Los Angeles on August 8, 1996 with $600 in my hip pocket, a SAG card, and dreams
of fame and fortune. I quickly fell on hard times. Two months later, I chanced upon the Bob Baker
Marionette Theater near downtown Los Angeles. Before I knew what had happened, I was hired
as a fulltime puppeteer. I trained under puppet master Bob Baker. The time I spent at Bob’s
theater and with the LA Opera was emotionally rewarding. Being an actor is one thing. Bringing
an inanimate object to life is a whole other animal. Puppetry requires a comprehensive
understanding of movement, psychology, and more.
There are plenty of employment opportunities for puppet designers and performers, because, in
many instances, it is less expensive to utilize a puppet than to create a computer generated
character. Below are a list of resources to help you realize your dream of becoming a puppeteer.
University of Connecticut Puppet Arts:
West Virginia University Puppetry & Creative Dramatics:
Stan Winston School of Character Arts:
Puppeteers of America:
Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry:
Howdy folks! I want to arm you with information that will help get you through your Intergalactic Space Rangers audition. Most of you will be auditioning from the comfort of your home via the internet; therefore, it is important to understand what makes for a good audition performance. Below is a short YouTube instructional video (audition techniques). Everything you will need to know about auditioning is on this awesome video.
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