A Puppet Designer & Maker - often referred to as a Puppeteer - is someone who designs, creates and dresses puppets and uses them to stage a live performance. Puppetry is the art of making puppets and presenting a puppet show to an audience. Puppets are small figures which are designed to be used by hand or by wire for the purpose of entertainment.
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There are no formal qualifications needed to become a Puppet Maker. However a qualification in performing arts can be beneficial to learn skills necessary to conduct a public performance. Many Puppet Makers come from an academic background in drama.
Many ameteur Puppet Makers choose to begin with children’s parties if they have limited puppets and props and this is a good way to run a business if you’re alone or there are two of you. Repeat bookings mean a show can grow to include more equipment, a large venue and eventually more people to join the show. Some Puppet Makers take their shows to festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe Festival to build on their experience and promote their shows. Some Puppet Makers go on to work in theatre productions if puppets are required.
Most Puppet Makers work on a freelance basis and their salary can vary. The average for a successful performer can be between £30k and £35k.
Published: 27 August 2019