Co-founder and artistic director of Handspring Puppet Company, Adrian Kohler is considered to be one of the world's leading masters of his medium. His mother was a thoughtful amateur puppeteer, who along with his father, a yacht builder and cabinetmaker, gave him a firm grounding in woodwork and the creation of moving figures. A B.A. in fine art at the University of Cape Town followed. Mr. Kohler then spent a year at The Space Theatre-the city's only non-racial venue at the time and another in Birmingham, United Kingdom, at the Canon Hill Arts Centre and Weld Community Arts Centre. Kohler then moved to Botswana to run the National Popular Theatre Programme for three years.
Mr. Kohler's puppets for Handspring have been widely acclaimed and exhibited. He has had a solo retrospective at the National Gallery in South Africa, and his work has been shown at The Barbican Art Gallery in London and the Museum for African Art in New York. His puppets are held in public and private collections, including the Constitutional Court in South Africa, the Munich Stadtmuseum in Germany, and the Old Mutual Art Collection. Mr. Kohler received the Michaelis Prize, a lifetime achievement award from Tshwane University in 2006, and an honorary doctorate in literature from UCT in 2012.
Current as of March 2014