Our Performers

The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 – all our actors, technicians, Director and back office staff are all police checked.

 

Peter Wilson

Peter WilsonPeter is the Founder and Artistic Director of Little Dog Barking Theatre Company. He trained as a classical dancer but after seeing visiting English Mime and Puppet Artist, Cilli Wang, became fascinated with the possibilities of puppet theatre. Determined to know more, study took him to the Puk Theatre of Tokyo, The Bunraku Theatre, National Theatre of Japan, The Central Puppet Theatres of Prague and Moscow and the Cannon Hill Puppet Theatre in the UK. Returning to Australia in 1973 he founded the Tasmanian Puppet Theatre and after ten years at the helm as Artistic Director was appointed Artist in Residence at Curtin University in Western Australia. This was followed by the critically acclaimed production of Doctor Faustus for the 1981 Festival of Perth. Staying on in Perth, Western Australian he established the Spare Parts Theatre and within a short period of time the Company was touring nationally across Australia and internationally to Japan, China, Korea, USA, Canada and Singapore. He has collaborated to create new work with artists from around Australia and internationally from Japan, China, USA and the Czech Republic.

In 1997 he moved to New Zealand where he was appointed Artistic Director of Capital E National Theatre for Children, he remained with the company for 13 years. His commitment to high quality work for children is a testament now to that company’s reputation. Peter has created work as a freelance Director/Devisor for the Shanghai Puppet Theatre, Drak Theatre in the Czech Republic, Handspan Theatre, Java Dance Company, Sydney Metropolitan Opera Company, Footnote Dance and the Marionette Theatre of Australia.

In 2014, his production of Paper Shaper was awarded “Best Foreign Drama “at the First Asian/Pacific Puppet Festival in Nanchong, China and The Company’s production of Duck, Death and the Tulip was awarded “Outstanding Theatre Production” at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2015, he has been invited to direct his play “Children of the Dragon” in Shanghai and to teach senior students at the Shanghai Performing Arts Academy. He has also been commissioned to devise a new work for the 2016 New Zealand International Arts Festival.


Kenny King

Kenny-KingKenny King is an award winning puppeteer and actor. Trained at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Kenny has been a professional performer for over 15 years. He began his puppetry career at Capital E National Theatre for Children under the tutelage of Peter Wilson. They have enjoyed a fruitful professional relationship ever since. In 2010 Kenny won the inaugural Chapman Tripp Critics Choice Award for his puppetry in Capital E’s “End Game”. Kenny is also an accomplished improviser, having worked for The Improvisors, Wellingtons longest running professional improv troupe since 2005. Kenny lives in Wellington with his partner and seven year old daughter.


Pippi Jane

Pippi JanePippi Jane is an Actor, Writer, Singer, Dancer and Yoga instructor who lives and breathes her craft. Originally from the beautiful and remote Lake Okareka in the Lake District of Rotorua she has a profound love of nature and adventure sports. Pippi completed a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts – Acting Major at Unitec New Zealand in 2009 and has been working in the industry since. Having fallen in love with physical theatre she has trained extensively in the mediums of Suzuki and Butoh theatre, Biomechanics and The Veiwpoints method. Constantly seeking new ways of utilizing the body, space, breath and diverse physicality; Pippi naturally fell into the role of puppetry. Also, to be noted is her training as a yoga teacher in the foothills of the Himalayas, India as she feels this training goes hand in hand with performance-based techniques and its requisites. Off-duty Pippi is an avid writer and poet and a music enthusiast.


Rebekah Head

Rebekah HeadRebekah has been working as an actor, singer and puppeteer across New Zealand and Australia since 2014. She is a graduate of the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (Bachelor of Performing Arts). Her theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cops and Robbers, The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling (The Court Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest, Jack Flash and the Jumping Beanstalk (NZ Playhouse); Dare to Indulge (NZ Fringe 2016); Robin Hood & Maid Marian (Fantail Farm Productions); Waste Wise Tour (Kids4Drama); Glenn Miller and The Andrews Sisters (Operatunity); Infectious (Basement Theatre); Peter and the Wolf (SILO). Rebekah’s most recent theatre credit was playing the role of Glinda in the NZ company premiere of Wicked (Showbiz Christchurch). In 2017 she was a resident puppeteer at Auckland’s Whoa! Studios, developing and performing A Very Gloomy Holidays, The Doods Dance Show, Gloomio The Great, Space Aliens From Outer Space and Buzz’s Fright Night. Rebekah is a proud member of Equity New Zealand.


Tony Black – Technician

Tony BlackTony Black is a designer and technician based in Wellington. Since graduating from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Theatre studies, Tony has worked extensively with local artists and for BATS Theatre and Circa Theatre. Tony is a founding member of the Making Friends Collective.