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.


Craig Geenty

Craig GeentyCraig Geenty is a Wellington based actor and director. After training in Performing Arts at UCOL in Palmerston North, Craig has worked in professional theatres all around New Zealand since 2003. In 2014 he graduated with an MTA (Directing) from Victoria University of Wellington and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. Recent roles include directing The Moa Show featuring Jamie McCaskill at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018; acting in the solo show Friday’s Flock by Reihana and Karla Haronga, Circa Theatre 2018; and Craig’s own solo play, Blonde Mountain Wolf Man in the 2019 New Zealand Fringe Festival.

 

 


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.