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Background Information

Employment History

Sole Trader

Pupperoos

Puppeteer and Puppet Maker

Christine Dunstan Productions

Sole Trader

Digital Seagull

Education

Master's Level Diploma
Professional Puppetry
London School of Puppery

Masters-Level Diploma
Professional Puppetry
London School of Puppetry

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Pupperoos | Quality Puppet Shows, Workshops and Educational Resources based in Sydney, Australia

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Kay Yasugi with Andy Griffiths (Author of "The 13-Storey Treehouse") and puppet "Barky the Barking Dog" (puppet made by Kay Yasugi)

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Kay Yasugi with Andy Griffiths (Author of "The 13-Storey Treehouse") and puppet "Barky the Barking Dog" (puppet made by Kay Yasugi)
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Puppeteer and puppet maker Kay Yasugi has been busy making puppets for CDP's new show, The 13-Storey Treehouse, based on the best-selling children's book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.
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Kay is also performing in the show as the puppeteer. She very much enjoyed the rehearsal process - helping to devise sea monster routines, making shadow puppets and props on the side (including a sizable pile of fake snot!), and figuring out the logistics of squashing a puppet dog with a giant gorilla foot (made by Marty Jay).
Andy Griffiths trying out an epic superhero pose with SUPERFINGER (puppet made by Kay Yasugi)
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A highlight of this project for Kay has been creating a giant puppet called 'SUPERFINGER' (designed by Mark Thompson).
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Following the success of the 'Creating Puppets for Plays' workshops in Sydney for the War Horse Australia Arts Learning Programme, Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos was invited to run a puppet making workshop in Brisbane at Griffith University in July.
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Earlier this year, Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos took part in a Puppetry Artist in Residence at Redlands School in Cremorne, Sydney.
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Kay worked with each class for 3 sessions, which included puppet shows, videos on Balinese puppetry, operating shadow puppets using an Interactive Whiteboard, games, playing musical instruments and making simple rod puppets.
Kay also worked with a small group of Grade 1 and 2 students over 10 weeks, where the students designed and constructed their own rod puppets and devised a little show which they performed for their parents and teachers on the last day of term.
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It was a joy for puppeteer Kay Yasugi to revisit Shopfront Theatre for Young People in Carlton, Sydney and run a puppet workshop for their holiday program.
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If you are interested in booking teacher training workshops with Pupperoos, please contact Kay at info@pupperoos.com
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Chee-Chee the Cheeky Monkey (and her 'assistant' Kay Yasugi) did a puppet show and workshop in July for a benefit concert in Kingsgrove, Sydney.
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The day started with puppeteer Kay Yasugi performing her glove show "Bina the Butterfly" and demonstrating a variety of different puppets - rod, glove, marionette (string) and shadow.
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War Horse-inspired cane puppets of a horse head and duck on wheels (puppets made by Kay Yasugi)
Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos recently ran a workshop on 'Creating Puppets For Plays' as part of the War Horse Australia Learning Programme at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.
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Kay is very much looking forward to running more workshops and seeing what other puppet characters emerge!
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Chee-Chee the Monkey and Kay Yasugi had a great time visiting Christ Church St Ives (Sydney) on Easter Sunday.
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If you would like Chee-Chee to visit your School, Pre-school or Church, contact Kay at info@pupperoos.com


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Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos recently visited Concord West Public School for their Harmony Day celebrations, which included a visit from Chee-Chee the Cheeky Monkey and the creation of just over 450 paper doves (More photos coming soon!

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Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos teamed up with primary school teacher Kate Roberts, who also teaches English as a Second Language (ESL).
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Kay would like to thank Kate Roberts for generously giving her time for this project, as well as Robert Bremner (The Amazing House) and students from Homebush West Public School.
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Snapshots from Bali (clockwise): Kay making a Wayang Kulit shadow puppet; Kay with her teacher Jamayanti at the Puri Lukisan Cultural Museum in Ubud; a Wayang Kulit shadow puppet; traditional Balinese dancer with a Barong mask/puppet; Wayang Kulit performance; Javanese rod puppets; Sketch by Kay Yasugi from the Ubud Royal Palace.
Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos recently took a research trip to Bali in Indonesia to explore its culture and puppetry. She spent most of her time in Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. One of the highlights was doing aWayang Kulit (shadow puppet) making course at the Puri Lukisan Cultural Museum, as well as seeing a traditional Wayang Kulit performance. She also visited Master shadow puppeteer I Made Sidia, who spoke to her about the philosophy behind Wayang Kulit and the importance of this art form for the Balinese people. Kay also had the pleasure of seeing 'Bali Agung', a fantastic theatre production that I Made Sidia co-directed, which is showing at the Bali Safari and Marine Park in Gianyar.
Master Balinese Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppeteer, I Made Sidia
After a week of exploring shadow puppetry, venturing on cultural tours, meandering through picturesque rice terraces, sketching ancient ruins, visiting Balinese homes, navigating through bustling markets, sampling the local cuisine and even going on a twilight elephant safari, Kay is back in Sydney and fully inspired to run some new workshops!
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For more information about shows with Chee-Chee the Cheeky Monkey, contact Kay at info@pupperoos.com (bananas for Chee-Chee optional).
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Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos has visited multiple schools and pre-schools around Sydney running her popular "Butterfly puppet playtime" workshop, which includes a sweet little glove puppet show about the butterfly life cycle.
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For more information about this educational workshop (suitable for Preschool to Grade 2), contact Kay at info@pupperoos.com
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Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos during her "Puppetry for the ESL Classroom" workshop at the 'ESL:The Way Forward!' Conference in South Western Sydney
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For more information about teacher training workshops, contact Kay at info@pupperoos.com
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Puppeteer Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos recently completed a wonderful puppet project at theGreenwood School in Mill Valley, California USA (just outside of San Francisco). She volunteered as a puppet designer, maker and operator to help the school create puppets and a float for their annual Memorial Day Parade.
This project also allowed Kay to find out more about Waldorf (Rudolf Steiner) education, as Greenwood is a Waldorf-inspired school.
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Kay worked with students, teachers and parents from the school community to make a colourful myriad of puppets including flapping owls made from paper lanterns and 'book butterflies' made from lesson pages, bamboo and pipe cleaners.
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For the last 8 months, puppeteer Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos has been working on the set of a new children's television show called "The Amazing House" in Sydney, Australia. Kay has spent many of those days channeling her inner child as she played the role of 3 year old "Benji", whose favourite pastimes are eating and playing games.
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The current series is directed by Andrew Suzuki, produced by Robert Bremner and stars the very talented Taryn Douglas as the host, alongside her cheeky friends Fi-be (played by Kailah Cabanas) and Benji (played by Kay Yasugi).
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Kay was also thrilled to include some of her own puppets in the show, including 'Pepperoni Toni' and Mr Banana.
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Puppet maker Kay Yasugi was assisted by the brilliant sewing talents of artist Erika Haverly Cholich, who whipped up Officer Dan's fine uniform and accessories.


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Chee-Chee herself put on a show (along with puppeteer Kay Yasugi) called "Who will rescue?", with the help of some volunteers. There was singing, dancing and, of course, bananas.

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Puppeteer Kay Yasugi worked with the Junior Ensemble group of 8-15 year olds to devise and createa giant sea monster puppet for their end of year production (directed by Howard Matthew & Luke Kerridge).
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Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos recently visited the London School of Puppetry's marionette summer school to explore teaching marionettes in education (run at their Northern Study Centre in Yorkshire, UK).
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For information about puppet making and operating workshops in schools with Pupperoos (Australia), contact Kay at info@pupperoos.com
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Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos recently spent a puppet-filled weekend in Lincolnshire UK at the Spirit of the Marsh Music/Arts Festival. She collaborated with Poppenkast (from Derby UK) to run puppet playtime and marionette making workshops for children.
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Being in Viking territory, Kay also took part in a night parade amongst a crowd of bellowing armour-clad vikings, followed by juggling pyrotechnics, masked drummers and very large puppets.
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Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos recenty ran a marionette operating workshop with Caroline Astell-Burt (London School of Puppetry) atCarleton Endowed Primary School in Skipton, Yorkshire UK.
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For information about puppet making and operating workshops in schools with Pupperoos (Australia), contact Kay at info@pupperoos.com
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Kay Yasugi, Caroline Astell-Burt and Chris Wylie with their marionettes
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Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos recently performed at the Ripon Yarns Storytelling Festival of the Dales in Yorkshire, UK.
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Finished string marionette by Kay Yasugi
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During 4th-18th June 2011, puppeteer Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos attended a marionette carving workshop at the Puppets in Prague Schoolin the Czech Republic.
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Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos will soon be travelling to Prague and the UK for an exciting 3 months of exploring marionette puppetry and education. She will first be visiting the Puppets in Prague school in the Czech Republic where she will do an intensive 2 week marionette carving course. She will also attend the Prague Quadrennial, which is the International Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture held every 4 years. It is the principal international theatre and scenic exhibition, where 60 countries contribute entries.
Kay will also travel to the UK to revisit the London School of Puppetry, where she completed a Masters-Level Diploma in Professional Puppetry in 2009. She will be going back to the school to further explore teaching marionettes in education and therapy.
Kay will return to Sydney, Australia in mid-August 2011 and looks forward to performing some new marionette shows and running many exciting puppet workshops!
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Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos was recently commissioned to make some puppets for an exciting new show at Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview, Sydney.
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Kay Yasugi also ran a puppet operating workshop with some of the cast members.


Greetings from Prague!

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Finished string marionette by Kay Yasugi

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During 4th-18th June 2011, puppeteer Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos attended a marionette carving workshop at the Puppets in Prague Schoolin the Czech Republic.


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Sketch of Master Puppeteer 'I Made Sidia' by Kay Yasugi

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On April 9th-10th 2011, Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos attended a Balinese Wayang Shadow Puppetry Masterclass run by I Made Sidia.
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For more information about Pupperoos workshops (for children and adults), please contact Kay at info@pupperoos.com.
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During February 2011, puppeteer Kay Yasugi volunteered with Globalteer (a UK-based charity) in Siem Reap.
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In February 2011, puppeteer Kay Yasugi will be volunteering in Siem Reap, Cambodia for the the 5th annual Giant Puppet Parade for children.
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Puppet made by Kay Yasugi.
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Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos will be volunteering in Siem Reap, Cambodia to help run the Giant Puppet Parade project in February 2011.
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Kay's illustrated poetry book 'A Shade of Blue' will be on sale for $15
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Part of the proceeds from the door and Kay's poetry book will go toward the Cambodia Kids Project run by Globalteer, where Kay will be travelling next year helping kids build and star in their own puppet street parade.
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Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos recently wrote and illustrated "A Shade of Blue", a selection of poetry and verse.
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It also comes with an audio CD of "A Safeway Romance", a song recorded by Kay and Stephanie Papapavlou.
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Kay will be travelling to Siem Reap in February 2011 to help run the "Giant Puppet Parade" project, where children in the community are invited to help build large parade puppets and star in their very own parade.
Click here for a free 'sneak peek' of this book.
To purchase "A Shade of Blue", please email Kay at info@pupperoos.com
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Kay Yasugi with some children from the "Life For Kids" puppet workshop
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For more information about Pupperoos workshops (for children and adults), please contact Kay at info@pupperoos.com.
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On September 2nd 2010, Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos went 'on air' for "The Long Way Home" with Jane Arakawa on FM 99.3.
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Kay will be travelling to Siem Reap in February 2011 to help run the "Giant Puppet Parade"project, where children in the community are invited to help build large parade puppets and star in their very own parade.
For more details on "The Whirlwind" show and to book tickets, please contact Kay at info@pupperoos.com
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In September 2010, Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos took a trip to Japan, spending two and a half fun-filled weeks visiting Tokyo, Kyoto and Kyushu.
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While watching the performances, Kay enjoyed sketching the puppeteers (she also got a chance to hold the puppets afterwards!). To read more about her experiences and to see some photos and sketches, click on the "Postcards from Japan" link below.

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