Ronnie Burkett has been captivated by puppetry since the age of seven, when he opened The World Book Encyclopedia to "Puppets." He began touring his puppet shows around Alberta at the age of 14 and has been on the road ever since.
Recognized as one of Canada's foremost theater artists, Mr. Burkett has been credited with creating some of the world's most elaborate and provocative puppetry. Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes was formed in 1986 and has stimulated an unprecedented adult audience for puppet theater, continuously playing to great critical and public acclaim on Canada's major stages, and as a guest company on numerous international tours abroad.
Mr. Burkett has received numerous awards in the Canadian theater as a playwright, actor, and designer for his work with Theatre of Marionettes, including the 2009 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, and international recognition, including a Village Voice OBIE Award in New York for Off-Broadway Theater, and four Citations of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette.
Penny Plain is the 12th production from Theatre of Marionettes, following the international successes Billy Twinkle: Requiem for a Golden Boy, 10 Days on Earth, Provenance, and the "Memory Dress Trilogy" of Tinka's New Dress, Street of Blood, and Happy.
The world premiere of Mr. Burkett's latest production, The Daisy Theatre, took place at Toronto's Luminato Festival in June 2013.
Current as of March 2014