Bernd Ogrodnik's Worlds of Puppets
Bernd Ogrodnik and his fantastic team at Worlds of Puppets, in Reykjavik, Iceland have been supporting our team since shortly before the first lockdown in February 2020, by providing additional access support and free places for our creative enablers to join the World class 'Foundation course to Puppet Mastery', the Alumni Programme, The first ever online 'Academy of the Wooden Puppet' and now the Academy's Alumni & Graduate Programmes too!
To read more about our team's experiences of learning how to carve the beautiful traditional wooden puppet's Bernd is famous for, check out the Inclusive Puppetry Blog, where Clare, Marie and Daniel share some of their work in progress and insights from behind the scenes!
Worlds of Puppets will soon receive their first award from our Inclusive Puppetry Alliance, in recognition of their incredible efforts to ensure inclusion is always at the heart of what they do.
Stan Winston School of Character Arts
For the last 5 years, SWSCA have generously supported our Associate and Emerging Artists programme by providing heavily discounted access to their incredible online learning library, providing those who work with us with flexible, open access to Internationally renowned, award winning tuition by leading experts in their field.
SWSCA will be the first international training provider to receive an award for excellence from our Inclusive Puppetry Alliance, voted for by members of the Broken:Live programme they supported.
Our connection to SWSCA also introduced us to the wonderful puppet maker and teacher, B J Guyer, who later made a guest appearance in our Kinetics Programme too!
We can't thank Nakisha Hester and her amazing team enough for all the kindness, support and facilitation they have donated in support of our Broken:Live Artists and their professional development, and we look forward to a new season of learning with them when our funding returns for the next season of Broken:Live's brand new academy in the Autumn!
Monster Lab at Furrifingers.co.uk
2022 will be the 3rd year of our collaboration with John and Staci Hodge at Furrifingers in Plymouth, UK. We started our 'Kinetics' Programme to research enabled puppetry and brought these guys in initially to help us with some 3d printing and animatronics explorations. This quickly led to our company's becoming firm friends and deciding we could do amazing things together via an Arts Council funded R&D project, and we were lucky enough to get some funding in 2020/21 to explore some innovative new technologies that will enhance the performance capabilities of our disabled puppeteers in the coming months and years.
More recently, the Kinetics collaboration has started to create waves within the South West Region by instigating a local movement of puppeteers and makers hoping to launch an Inclusive Puppetry Festival in the not too distant future - keep an eye on the Kinetics Blog and South West Puppetry Connection for more details as they emerge!
Monster Lab at Furrifingers provide innovative professional puppets and animatronics to the film and TV Sector, and we can't wait to see how our collaborative teams from the realms of live performance and workshops will collide and create together going forward!
Kevin Kelway at Dorcas Media
Kevin and his company, Dorcas Media, have been long term supporters of Broken Puppet Theatre Company ever since we first started, having met at a social enterprise event and forming our companies at the same time. Dorcas Media are an award winning PR company who have generously kept offering support for all our programmes - even when we don't get grants, Kevin continues to meet with us to provide his expertise and guidance, for which we are extremely grateful. We hope that next time we do get a larger funded project running, Kevin and his team will be part of it!