I aim to bring more joy to the world.
My puppets are designed to bring stories to life that captivate and connect with people in a world that really needs more joy and connection.
Born and bred in the heart of Ohio, I began exploring art at an early age. At the ripe old age of 16. I went to the Interlochen Arts Academy to study acting deep in the woods of Michigan with 400 other young artists from around the world. It was there that I discovered my love for theatre and international collaboration.
Conventionally, I moved on to college at Webster Conservatory for Theatre Arts in St. Louis, Missouri. Unconventionally, I left Webster after just one year to live in NYC and pursue an internship with Puppet Heap. Living out of one suitcase and couch hopping for six months, I worked for free learning everything I could about puppetry.
Once it became cold and warmer clothes were required, I decided to go back to St. Louis. I continued with my studies as an actress, but with a new bank of knowledge about life and the art of puppetry. I was lucky to have professors who pushed me to become a better actress, but also allowed me to explore my boundaries as a puppeteer and story teller.
Since then my puppets have played the world over on stage and screen - from New York City to Las Vegas, Berlin, Prague, Zurich and Southeast Asia. Some of my credits include Disney's The Muppets (2011) and The Muppets: Most Wanted (2014), Zürich Kunst Museum, Glenn Gould vs Glenn Gould and Das Helmi Puppentheater, as well as many independent productions and projects.
A new adventure book by Drew Callander and Alana Harrison
Manteau, the French speaking Stoat with killer dance moves, has come off the page and made into a puppet!
Videos coming soon
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