aubrey began puppeteering during a summer internship at theatre works in peoria, az. she immediately fell in love with the craft. she loves the challenges involved in manipulating puppets while creating believable characters with distinct voices for each performance. aubrey now has experience with hand-mouth, hand-glove, rod puppets, and various shadow puppet forms.
aubrey worked for two years as a puppeteer with the great arizona puppet theatre. she had a catalogue of six puppet shows that she took to various locations across the arizona valley.
aubrey mostly focused on her design and building skills during her studies at uh manoa. she also researched the unique history puppetry has in america and specifically in american political theatre. her thesis work included designing, building, and performing her own one person puppet show. the show centered around the story of a young hawaiian sea turtle, or a honu, and was loosely based on the story of the ugly duckling. aubrey researched ways to best educate children and families about indigenous wildlife while keeping stories entertaining and akin to a modern-day fairy tale (more information and photos to come).
select photos of her work are below from the journey home (blog post to come), the great arizona puppet theatre, and other independent projects. hover over photos for more information.
photos courtesy of nancy smith, great arizona puppet theatre and bo allen, theater works