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Sue Buckmaster

Sue Buckmaster

Sue is the Artistic Director of Theatre-Rites and the fourth generation of theatre practitioners in her family. She has many years of experience as a director, puppetry specialist and teacher, and has worked with a wide variety of companies including the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Young Vic, Sadler's Wells, South Bank Centre and Complicite.

Sue has created ten theatre and ten site-specific productions for Theatre-Rites. In 1996 she co-directed the company’s first production Houseworks  with co-founder Penny Bernand. Houseworks was the UK’s first site-specific production created for the under 5’s and is considered by the Guardian’s Lyn Gardner as one of her desert island theatrical experiences.  Under Sue’s artistic leadership Theatre-Rites has consistently supported a range of artforms to develop an infrastructure for work created for children.  When Sadler’s Wells wanted to commission their first contemporary production for children they turned first to Theatre-Rites and then introduced Sue to choreographer Arthur Pita.  Together they created the award-winning Mischief.

She has an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice from Essex University, which included a thesis on The Psychoanalytic Study of the Power of the Puppet.

Sue's most recent work outside of Theatre-Rites was as Puppetry Consultant for 20 Stories High touring production of Melody Loses her Mojo.   

Sue offers a variety of puppetry training and consultancy.  For further information please click here.  

For examples of Sue's puppet designs please click here