Peter Wilson - Founder
Peter Wilson sadly passed on the 22nd March 2021
Peter was 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. Whilst with them he created many popular early childhood programs including Farm at the End of the Road, Seasons, On Our Street and Songs of the Sea.
For Little Dog Barking he created Party Pigs & a Sausage went for a Walk, Little Kowhai Tree, Paper Shaper, Paper Plays, Duck Death and the Tulip, The Pond and Rupert.
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.