The brainchild of David Morton and Nicholas Paine, Dead Puppet Society is an international design-led theatre company established in 2009. Widely considered one of Australia's most ground-breaking production houses, Dead Puppet Society is known for combining timeless craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies and collaborating with world class arts companies and creatives to produce large-scale design-led theatre works that shake up genres, incorporate contemporary forms of puppetry, and push the boundaries of live performance. Recent box office hits include The Wider Earth, Ishmael, Laser Beak Man and Storm Boy.
Off stage, Dead Puppet Society creates visually compelling experiences and activations for events and public spaces, from one-of-a-kind, laser-cut artefacts and open-air performances to large-scale installations, unique training and professional development for young people and artists, as well as creating exquisite, custom-made sculptures.
Dead Puppet Society has a Gallery and Fabrication Workshop space at 6 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba, Brisbane.
Creative Director David Morton
Executive Producer Nicholas Paine
Associate Creative Director Matt Seery
Company Manager Jodie Roche-Jones
Technical Director Scott Barton
Associate Producer Kat O’Halloran
Head of Youth and Engagement Helen Stephens
Head of Fabrication Savannah Mojidi
Head of Marketing and PR Tash Spong
Sandra Gattenhof (Chair), Katherine Hoepper (Secretary), Tim Hall (Treasurer), Adam Brunes, Laura Campbell, Kevin O'Brien, Liz Prior and Claire Styles.
As one of Australia’s leading visual theatre companies, Dead Puppet Society is committed to making new work that tells stories that are timely and compelling, investing in artists, reaching audiences across Australia and the globe, and contributing positively to the national and international arts ecology.
Making innovative, large-scale new work that pushes the boundaries of design-led theatre is only made possible through collaborating with amazing arts organisations, festivals, venues, artists and production partners, but also through the generous support of our donor circle, The Society.
Dead Puppet Society is supported by Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Dead Puppet Society thanks Technology Supporter, Christie, for their ongoing support.
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