Brad Brackenridge

Brad Brackenridge (September 13-19)

Puppeteer Brad Brackenridge reinterprets Borges’ “The House of Asterion” as a solo performance, performed in a pop-up location. Brad and Kate also deliver workshops in puppetry and narrative to students at the TASSS Integrated Arts Program.

Brad Brackenridge has been a performer and designer in theatre and film for almost 30 years. Founder of The Nervous System, a puppet-based theatre company, Brad has created and produced Komachi on the Shrine (TTOK with composer Kathleen Adamson, 2018); Festivus Rattus Rattus 2035 (Precarious: Peterborough ArtsWORK Festival 2017); Life Comes to Resemble Unimaginative Literature: Or, the Moment of my Death (A Certain Place: The Bernie Martin Festival 2016); VERTEP (Emergency 2015); Murmuratio (Erring, 2014); Terror and Erebus (Artsweek 2013 and remounted in the Otonabee in 2014 and as a solo show at The Theatre on King in 2015); and two separate installations for Luminato. The Encampment, a large-scale public participatory art installation celebrating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 (coordinated by artists Thom Sokoloski and Jenny-Anne McCowan).

Brad has also created puppets for diverse theatrical productions including Wilde Tales (Shaw Festival); Lady With a Lap Dog (Spiel Players); and Berlin Blues (4th Line Theatre).  “And there is a marauding buffalo (a puppet manned by three people) that is one of the single most hilarious things I’ve ever seen on the stage.” (Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail July 19, 2011). 

Brad has studied with the Old Trout Puppet Company, Puppetmongers Powell, and Bernd Ogrodnik. As an actor, he has appeared in diverse film and theatre gigs, including New Stages, The Theatre on King, Dusk Dances, 4th Line Theatre,Canadian Stage; R. Murray Schaefer, and Planet Twelve Productions, among many others. He has also mentored emerging artists in puppetry. Brad is the recipient of the 2018 Peterborough Arts Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Artist.