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Puppetry Arts Festival of Brooklyn

Larrikin Puppets at the Puppetry Arts Festival of Brooklyn in New York City, June 2016.

ABOUT LARRIKIN PUPPETS

Larrikin Puppets services the greater Brisbane area, performing colourful and fun puppetry at your events:

  • Puppet Shows for Kids’ Parties, Grown Up Parties, Child Care Centres, School Fetes, Public Festivals, Libraries, Restaurants, Shopping Centres!
  • Puppet Compère/MC for Corporate Events, Product Launches, Wedding Receptions, Award Ceremonies, Film Screening events, Trivia Nights!
  • Puppetry for Film, TV and Theatre productions!
  • Puppetry Workshops for Schools, Theatre, Film & TV!
  • ANY event! ALL ages!

Larrikin Puppets specialises in Muppet-style puppetry inspired by the work of the late, great Jim Henson.

Larrikin Puppets was WINNER of the 2015 BizCover NEIS Change Award, and FINALIST in the 2017 What’s On 4 Kids ‘Best Party Entertainment’ category.

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR; PRINCIPAL PUPPETEER

Brett Hansen. Larrikin Puppets.

“My name is Troggg, spelt with three Gs. The middle G is silent.” – Troggg

Brett Hansen is the founder of and principal puppeteer at Larrikin Puppets. Brett won the 2015 BizCover NEIS Change Award for Larrikin Puppets at the Small Business Development Conference in Melbourne, after the growth of the business throughout its first three years.

Brett’s weekly puppetry work is mainly focussed on live performances at schools, childcare centres, festivals and parties around the greater Brisbane area. He also runs beginner puppetry workshops at schools. Brett spent a week in residence at Belmont State School teaching each child from prep to year 6 the art of storytelling through puppetry as part of the 2016 Belmont Literary Carnivale.

In 2016, Brett spent three months in the USA for professional development where he networked, trained and performed with puppeteers in New York City, Los Angeles and Texas. He received formal puppetry training at the Beyond The Sock advanced puppetry workshop at the University of North Texas under Marty Robinson (The Jim Henson Company, Sesame Street) and Noel MacNeal (Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House), with puppet construction training from Pasha Romanowski (Project Puppet, The Moe Show). Brett trained at The Puppet Kitchen in Manhattan, New York under Michael Schupbach (Sesame Street, The Jim Henson Company). He also performed in New York City at the Puppetry Arts Festival of Brooklyn.

Marty Robinson, Pasha Romanowski, Noel MacNeal

Brett Hansen with Marty Robinson, Pasha Romanowski, and Noel MacNeal.

In theatre, Brett was puppetry consultant (trainer of puppeteer cast members) in both the 2012 and 2014 Brisbane Arts Theatre productions of Broadway musical, ‘Avenue Q‘. Brett was also a puppeteer cast member of the show in 2012, co-performing the characters of Nicky and Trekkie Monster. Brett’s own casted stage show ‘Thank Troggg You’re Here: A Puppet Impro Spectacular!’ debuted at the 2014 Anywhere Theatre Festival and has been performed several times to large audiences.

Brett was also the puppeteer for Studio Theatre & Cafe’s Saturday morning kids’ stage show, ‘The Super Weekend Show’ – featuring puppets, full bodied costumes, songs, jokes, games and prizes.

In film, Brett performed the puppet characters in Richard Bell’s ‘5 for 35’, a film which screened in 2015-2016 at the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) at GOMA (Queensland’s Gallery Of Modern Art). He also assisted with the puppetry in ‘Cluck: The Web Series’, puppeteered Troggg in the short film ‘Heart of a Thousand Souls’, and puppeteered two characters in the short film ‘Kev’.  In television, Brett has performed puppetry on ‘The Late Nite Show’ and ‘Showreel’ (both at Channel 31) and hosted (as Troggg) an episode of ‘Juiced TV’, a children’s programme created in partnership with the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

ASSISTANT PUPPETEER; PUPPET WRANGLER; CO-OWNER

Elissa Jenkins. Larrikin Puppets.

In November 2013, Elissa was named one of YWCA Queensland’s 125 Leading Women – as a woman who has made a significant contribution to her community and modelled leadership through her actions and words.

Elissa Jenkins occasionally performs our Flossy character and other background characters. She has received formal puppetry training at The Puppet Kitchen in Manhattan, New York under Michael Schupbach (Sesame Street, The Jim Henson Company), and often assists in the running of our own puppetry workshops.

Additionally, Elissa has a 17 year career in media, marketing, communications and management; three degrees; a collection of awards; a bunch of life experience; and many beautiful stories to tell.

Elissa has worked for a multinational media corporation, in the non-profit sector, in the renewable energy sector, and has supported small to medium businesses and social enterprises to flourish. She’s an ideas person and an action person – she makes things happen.

Elissa combines her friendly personality, passion and pizzazz with her smarts, sincerity and professionalism to steer strategic organisational imperatives and inspire teams to achieve greatness, no matter where in the world they are located.

Elissa is a leader in the social justice and environment movements, locally and globally. Her volunteer activities have taken her to Kenya, Brazil, Austria and Taiwan and provided her with a global network of environmental and social justice friends and colleagues. She has lived. She has learnt. She has acted. And her diverse skillset reflects this.

A special project of Elissa’s within Larrikin Puppets is the launch of Puppets At Work which will feature a program of activities for corporate and community workplaces. We look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months.

While Larrikin Puppets is a full-time business for Brett, it is a part-time, passion piece for Elissa, who says, “I am very lucky to have such a playful business to have fun with while supporting it to grow.”

Larrikin Puppets is a Blue Card holding business, regulated by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000. We’re covered by Public Liability Insurance through Duck for Cover Entertainers’ Group Inc.

Avenue Q

Brett performing Nicky in the 2012 Brisbane Arts Theatre production of Avenue Q.

Elissa chicken puppet

Elissa with our chicken puppet in Denton, Texas – June 2016.

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The trailer for Brisbane Arts Theatre’s 2012 production of Avenue Q can be seen here. And footage of our own production of Thank Troggg You’re Here: A Puppet Impro Spectacular can be found here.

Have a look at Brett Hansen’s puppeteer showreel here!