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2 – Do you have a favorite moment in your career, or a project that you feel defines your body of work? I suppose it was the moment that I realized, early on, that we are not just carrying on a tradition in puppetry, but that we are carrying on a legacy and ensuring that future generations will be able to experience the shows in the same way the Stevens created them decades ago. It’s a true honor, and one that we take very seriously.
3 – Where do you draw character inspiration from? Do you have a set way of creating or do you allow spontaneity to take over? My wife and I have a passion, (as did the Martin and Margie Stevens) for preserving the classics. We have noticed over the years that classic children’s literature and classic fairy tales are not being told. So we carry on creating the tried and true characters from classic stories and that’s where we get our inspiration.
4 – Name one tip you would give an aspiring puppet builder / performer? Be passionate. Find what you love and do it 100%. Don’t listen to the nay-sayers! Stay positive!