KAY YASUGI

PUPPET DESIGNER, MAKER & PERFORMER

FOR THEATRE & EDUCATION

 

PO BOX 1067• PYMBLE, NSW 2073 • SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

WEB: www.pupperoos.com  • EMAIL: info@pupperoos.com

PROFILE

  • Skilled puppeteer and puppet maker with 10 years experience
  • Trained at the London School of Puppetry (UK)
  • Qualified primary school teacher
  • Passionate about combining puppetry with education
  • Highly motivated and reliable
  • Able to work in groups or independently
  • Australian citizen based inSydney

 EXPERIENCE

Click here for detailed CV in PDF Format (Last updated 21st March 2013)

2013

Event/Production Company/Organisation Role
Harmony Day Puppet Project Concord West Public School, Sydney Puppeteer/Workshop Facilitator

2012

Event/Production Company/Organisation Role
Memorial Day Parade Puppet Project Greenwood School, Mill Valley, California USA Puppet maker/Workshop facilitator
Puppetry Workshop for Teachers

‘ESL:The Way Forward!’ Conference, South Western Sydney;

Blacktown Childcare Centre;

University of Sydney

Workshop facilitator
“The Amazing House” Children’s TV Show Series 2 The Amazing House Puppeteer/Production Assistant

 

2011

Event/Production Company/Organisation Role
Junior Ensemble Shopfront Theatre for Young People, Sydney Puppet making/operating workshop leader
Giant Puppet Project Globalteer, Siem Reap,Cambodia Volunteer puppet maker/operator
Marionette Summer School London School of Puppetry,UK Visiting Tutor
“Enchanted” Children’s Puppet Show Ripon Yarns Storytelling Festival of the Dales,UK Puppeteer
Spirit of the Marsh Music/Arts Festival,UK Pupperoos (in collaboration with Poppenkast) Puppet making/operating workshop leader
“Coram Boy” High school production Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview, Sydney Custom puppet maker/workshop leader

2010

 TV Commercial “Hush for Homelessness”, Sydney Mission Australia  Puppeteer
 “The Whirlwind” (rod/glove/shadow puppet show), Sydney Wentworth Galleries/Wesley Institute  Puppeteer/Puppet Maker
 Life for Kids Puppet-making workshop  Life for Kids Charity, Sydney Puppeteer/Workshop leader
 Jeans for Genes Denim Charity Dinner/Art Exhibition Launch, Sydney Jeans for Genes Charity (supporting the Children’s Medical Research Institute)  Puppet maker/Puppeteer

2009

Avenue Q Cast Interview, Sydney Corporate Creatures (Gary Friedman) Assistant Puppeteer
Future Directions in Literacy Conference, Sydney Sydney University Workshop leader for “Creating a dynamic literacy classroom with puppetry”
Australian Business Events Expo, Sydney Corporate Creatures Puppeteer
“Dark Island” Film/Animation Project Jöns Mellgren (Director) at the Royal College of Art, London UK Puppeteer
TV interview to promote Copenhagen Puppet Festival “Brunch” (Danish TV2/Lorry) Breakfast Show Puppeteer
“Memento Mori” (Glove/Body Puppet show) Copenhagen Puppet Festival (Denmark), Rosemary Branch Theatre (London,UK) Puppet Maker/Puppeteer
“Scooter Grandpa” (Marionette show) Bradford Playhouse (UK) Puppet Maker/Puppeteer
“Wooltzing Matilda” (Glove show)   Puppet Maker/Puppeteer

2008

Indian Rajasthani Marionette show/workshop for children (7-12 yrs) Accenture, London UK Puppeteer/Workshop leader
Documentary “Looking for a Monster”, Sydney Gary Friedman Productions/Change Focus Media Puppeteer

2007

Glebe Community Development Project (for Grade 5/6 students) University of Sydney Puppetry workshop leader

2005

“The Thing Under the Bed” (Lip sync puppet show) University of Sydney Verge Arts Festival Director/Puppet maker/Puppeteer

2004-2007 School shows: Performed values-based puppet shows and ran puppet workshops for several schools. Festivals and /Holiday/Church Programs: Performed street puppetry for a number of festivals including Katoomba Winter Solstice Festival.  Performed at holiday/church programs including the ENTER Fundraiser at Fox Studios (Sydney) and Bathurst Kids Club.   TRAINING AND EDUCATION

Training in Czech-Style Marionette Carving (15 day course)Puppets in Prague School, Prague, Czech Republic 2011
Master’s Level Diploma in Professional Puppetry London School of Puppetry, London, UK 2009
Training in Puppetry for Television (8 week course on making/performing with Muppet-style puppets)Gary Friedman Productions, Sydney, Australia 2008
Bachelor of Primary Education (1stClass Honours and University Medal)University of Sydney, Camperdown, Sydney, Australia 2007

AWARDS

2008

Outstanding Graduate Award (Australian College of Educators NSW)

2008

Primary Pre-Service Teacher Award Scheme for Maths & Science (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations)

2007

 

Handspan Visual Theatre International Study and Travel Grant (Awarded through UNIMA Australia)

2007

Thomas T Roberts Education Fellowship (University of Sydney)

2007

G.S. Caird Bachelor of Education Year 3 Award (University of Sydney)

2006

Tertiary Student Judge for National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA)

2005

Sydney University Cash4Art Grant

SKILLS Puppet design, making and performance; Carving, Polyfoam puppet construction, Painting, Illustration, Photography, Needle Felting, Computer Graphics, Wiki (set-up and administration), DVD production, Basic Film and Sound Editing. Conversationally fluent in Japanese. REFERENCES

 Available upon request.