Olga is a Spanish multidisciplinary arts practitioner based in Australia. She specialises in Improvisation and Playback Theatre and has worked internationally, performing and teaching theatre processes for self-discovery, growth and empowerment for individuals and communities in Sri Lanka, Spain, Malaysia and Australia. Olga is an experienced Director and creator of site-specific theatre, a visual artist, musician, explorer and instigator of social/collective initiatives. Motivated by a strong inter-cultural curiosity, Olga continues travelling the world, learning, sharing and creating.
James is a trombonist, sound engineer and composer and has been working with Snuff Puppets for over 15 years. He has Bachelor of Arts Degrees in television and sound production (CSU-R) and music performance (VCA). As a sound engineer James has worked for many other companies including Chunky Move, Kage, Company B and Polyglot. His performances overseas have included Gaueamus Festival (Holland), World Social Forum (Brazil), Yogyakarta Arts Festival (Indonesia), Daidogei World Cup (Japan) and the Singapore Arts Festival.
Daniell has been making marketing material and puppeteering with Snuff Puppets since 1993. His puppeteering has been seen by millions around the world, including at record-breaking performances at NYC’s Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena. In 2014, Daniell spent a year puppeteering with DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular in Beijing. Currently (2018-19), Daniell is on leave from Snuff Puppets, whilst undertaking a yearlong tour of Europe as an animatronics puppeteer with the BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular. Daniell has also enjoyed puppeteering with Sanctum Theatre, A Blanck Canvas, Balooga, The Creature Technology Company, Polyglot Theatre and Theatre of Hell.
ROLES @ SNUFF PUPPETS: Actor, Acting Artistic Director, Artistic Associate, Builder, Board Member, Camera Operator, Company Director, Graphic Designer, Lighting Designer/Operator, Minder, Marketing Manager, Puppeteer, Tour Manager, Secretary, Social Media Poster, Video Editor and Web Master.
SHOWS: Fool School, Fat For A Good Table, Scarey, Pub Show, Forest, Boom Town, Forest In The Night, The Dancing Cow Show, PPPs, The Cruelty of the Body, A Cruel Life, Circus Olé, The Twin Towers Show, Nyet Nyet’s Picnic, Snuff Clubb (creative development), Wedhus Gembel, Snuff Party, Everybody.
ROAMING: Skulls, Cows, Butcher, Boom Family, Seagulls, Cruelty Of The Body, Protests, Bunyips, Human Body Parts
WORKSHOPS: Shizuoka World Cup, Singapore International Arts Festival, World Social Forum Brazil, Q-Fest Outback Western Australia, Freespace Fest Hong Kong, Big West Festival
Suzanne Kalk is the artistic director of The Village Festival. The Village Festival is the only traveling multi arts festival in Australia visiting many communities. The festival creates a platform for both emerging and established professional artists, across the broadest range of disciplines and backgrounds.
Suzanne is also a visual artist and theatre maker. She has worked on and off with Snuff Puppets building puppets for 20 years.
In her work Suzanne is committed to creating innovative and exciting arts events and artworks that follow the ideals of inclusion, sharing and community. This often involves combining outstanding art with community activities in ways that make the arts practices more inclusive and uses the arts to create a stronger community.
“Come in and make some guts” they said; “kidney, heart, lungs, lower intestine…” Then came the giant cuttlefish, disembodied eyeballs, man-eating monsters, and of course one very handsome medieval Rhinoceros called Albrecht. Since starting in 2007 I’ve had some great opportunities to combine my loves of animals, anatomy, puppets, sculpting and painting.
SHOWS: Snuff Club, Snuff Parties, Everybody
ROAMING: Human Body Parts, Rhinocerous
WORKSHOPS: Taiwan, Mildura & Whyalla
With two decades of dancing in Europe and around the world Stéphane is becoming an old rusty dancer. He performs with Snuff Puppets in:
SHOWS: Forest In The Night, Wedhus Gembel, Everybody, Snuff Clubb, and Snuff Party.
ROAMING: Human Body Parts, Seagulls, Cows, Snail, The Butcher, Boom Family, Nyet Nyets (Stéph’s favourite) and a Bunyip.
WORKSHOPS: Australia, India, Denmark, Korea
Mitch Jones aka Captain Ruin, is a professional unusualist dedicated to realising the strange and the wonderful. He joined Snuff Puppets in 2010, and has since enjoyed performing as a Body Part, a Bunyip, a Seagull and many other eccentric creatures across Australia and internationally (Taiwan, NZ). He took part in the development and performance of Snuff Party (2010, 2011) and Everybody (2012). You can find more information about Mitch’s personal projects, which include anarchic promenade theatre, sideshow, circus and immersive carnival installations at www.captainruin.com
Aidan is an artist and performer who is close to finishing a degree in Communication Design at Swinburne University at the end of 2014. He has been involved with Snuff Puppets as a performer and builder since April2012. He is also involved with the ‘Real Hot Bitches’ 80s Dance Troupe in Melbourne.
In 2009 I filled in for a friend who was working for the Snuff Puppets. He couldn’t make it for a couple of days. They couldn’t get rid of me after that.
One night, after a beer, Andy set up to paint a crazy 14mt long rolling backdrop. I offered him a hand, we started late at night and stopped two days later! It was 1998, I’d just arrived in Australia and Snuff Puppets gave me the chance to build [myself] a family. That was the Boom Family and it came with a full herd of 6 Cows a Bull and 2 calves.
Alongside my main role as designer, builder and giant puppet performer I contribute to the company also as roaming shows’ director, PPP’s artistic director, production manager and tour manager. Building new puppets and progressively developing designs and techniques with Andy for the past 15 years I was also member of the original team that developed the People’s Puppet Projects format making Snuff’s performance style and giant puppets spawn around the globe.
Main puppets designed, co-designed and built:
Boom Family, The Cows, Kareem the Elephant, The Snail, The Seagulls, Bungee Bungee, Yaroma, The Hand and Human Body Parts
SHOWS: Forest in The Night, Scarey, Circus Ole, Nyet Nyet’s Picnic, Skulls, Cows, Butcher, Boom Family, Seagulls, Bunyips, Snail, Kareem, Snuff Clubb
WORKSHOPS: Taipei, Yilan, HiSeoul, Thailand, Aarhus, Whyalla + all before Indonesia’s Wedhus Gembel (except Osaka 1999)