DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE takes you on a tour through pre-historic Australia, bringing an eye-popping array of ancient creatures to life on stage. You will observe and interact with extraordinarily life-like creatures, just like those that inhabited the Southern Hemisphere millions of years ago. Meet a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs in their ancient environment, in this highly imaginative, entertaining and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical in Sydney, Australia. From the curious baby Hadrosaur, to the peaceful hulk Titanosaur, and even the teeth-gnashing T-Rex – DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE is a unique interactive theater performance that stimulates the imagination in a way that connects children to their world. Erth’s large-scale puppets were developed in consultation with paleontologists, based on current science and interpretations of fossil evidence. Employing sophisticated design and electronics, these giants are brought to life by skilled performers and puppeteers, made all the more real through the magic of theatre.
DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE is an experiential theatre production which takes audiences on a prehistoric journey into a new dimension where they get to meet a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs that once roamed the planet millions of years ago. Featuring a large-scale cast of dinosaur puppets brought to life by sophisticated design and theatrical presentation and puppet mastery, these life-like dinosaur recreations connect children to paleontology in a fun and informative setting. This monster production will feature sixteen dinosaurs on stage: Children can watch and learn, but can also interact with the creatures in this fun, educational and unique presentation.
DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE is both entertaining and educational. The Sydney Morning Herald says; ‘It’s a rare and pleasurable work that manages technical brilliance, cultural insight and enchantment all in one go.’ Time Out London loved it: ‘It’s a delight to come face to face with the genuinely unexpected in Erth’s thoroughly entertaining kids’ show.’
ERTH — VISUAL & PHYSICAL Incorporated (Creator / Producer). Erth brings the impossible to life. For over 21 years, the company has developed a truly fantastic aesthetic and an extraordinary box of tricks, the foundations of its unique visual theatre works. The company regularly tours internationally, to every major Australian festival, and to regional and major city venues around the country. More than a million people have seen its dinosaurs in performance works such as Dinosaur Petting Zoo and Dinosaur Zoo Live, and in museums. Their works range from large-scale interactive environments, such as The Garden — a prehistoric landscape inhabited by giant insects which premiered at the Melbourne International Festival of Arts — to more intimate in-theatre works and roving spectaculars. Dinosaur Petting Zoo has toured through Australia and overseas for four years and is now joined by I, Bunyip, and its cast of Australian Indigenous spirit creatures and their stories, which toured Australia nationally in 2012. The Nargun and the Stars, an adaptation of Patricia Wrightson’s novel, was commissioned by Sydney and Perth Festivals in 2009. The company has also been commissioned by major museums including The Australian Museum, Auckland War Memorial Museum (New Zealand), Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), The Field Museum in Chicago, Science Museum Minnesota, Natural Museums Liverpool (UK), Naturalis (Leiden), National Museums Northern Ireland, Montreal Science Museum and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. Most recently Erth commissioned work and supplied dinosaur puppets for the Field Station Dinosaurs Theme Park (USA) which launched in May 2012. Erth’s design studio has built for a huge range of cultural institutions and commercial clients from Sydney Opera House and City of Sydney, to the primetime Spanish television program, ‘El Hormiguero’. Erth was founded in 1990 in Ballarat, Victoria and is now based at Sydney’s CarriageWorks contemporary arts centre.
Aimee Louisanne is a multicultural actor/musician from Perth, Australia, living in New York. Career experience includes credits with Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky, with two lead roles in independent feature films, and various international productions. She works with renowned acting coach Susan Batson, and trains in combat/stunts and martial arts for film. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation, a Commercial Pilot’s License (AU) and speaks French and Italian, and will soon release her first EP. Aimee has a passion for working with children and spent a year performing internationally at various orphanages. She works with children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, and is part of a non-profit organization ‘Kissabilites’ promoting disability awareness and integration in primary schools. Special thanks to her agent Lisa Price – Aimee is thrilled to be touring the US in Dinosaur Zoo Live!
Wrangler / Hero Puppeteer
Hallie is happy to be a part of this amazing production. She is native to New York having graduated from LaGuardia Highs School for Drama and recently re-located to the Boston area. She has been seen most recently in Kidville Wellesley’s Rockin’ Railroad and in Spencer, an independent feature film that won ‘Best U.S. Feature’ at the New York International Film Festival 2013. Hallie has also been seen in Don Ardin’s JUBILEE at the Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas as a Bluebell, at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in ensemble and understudy roles for The Producers, High School Musical, No No Nannette, A Chorus Line and Little Shop of Horrors. When Hallie’s not performing, she studies Improv at The Improv Asylum in Boston’s North end and is a Massage Therapist at Boston Sports Clubs. Thanks to her family and Nate, without who, she couldn’t be as awesome.
Wrangler / Hero Puppeteer
A native of Long Island, NY and graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a degree in psychology. Anthony recently appeared at Field Station: Dinosaurs in New Jersey where he operated various hand puppets and the T-rex hero puppet. He discovered his love of full body puppetry when freshly out of college, he took a job as ‘Pinny the Bowling Pin’ mascot for Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square. Since then, he has integrated his knowledge of psychology and puppetry with his childhood dinosaur fixation. Anthony can’t wait to tour North America and beyond in the Dinosaur Zoo Live.
Wrangler / Puppeteer
Kelley Selznick is a New York based puppeteer and textile artist. She is a recent graduate from Cal State Northridge where she studied puppetry and costume construction. She apprenticed with shadow puppeteer Maria Bodmann and after moving to New York interned with Jessica Scott. Recent puppeteering credits include the short film The Never Bell (Emily Lobsenz), La Divina Caricatura (Mabou Mines), Sirens of the Lambs (Banksy), Tiger Tales and Chang-Er (Chinese Theatre Works), Big Annie, Tobias Turkey and Lumpy Bumpy Pumpkin (Shadow Box Theatre). She has designed puppets for Independent Shakespeare Co.‘s Winter’s Tale and puppet costumes for The Never Bell. She is also known for her Elizabethan ruffs which have been used in art projects and shows all over the world. She would like to thank Jessica Scott for all the help and guidance and her friends and family for their overbearing support. Go Dinosaurs! More info at kelleyselznick.com
Jackson Eather was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, where he frequently performed in community musical theatre companies, playing lead roles in such shows as Spring Awakening, West Side Story, and Seussical. He attended Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, where he trained in acting, circus, and visual arts. He then moved to New York City at the age of nineteen to study at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After graduating, he performed the role of ‘Bub Hicks’ in Musicals Tonight!’s production of Leave it to Jane, Off-Broadway. Jackson has spent a year as a performer at Field Station: Dinosaurs, in New Jersey, where he appeared as The Dinosaur Wrangler and as a puppeteer, operating their T-Rex puppet built by Erth. Jackson is thrilled to be touring the U.S.A. with DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE, and can’t wait to share his passion for theatre and dinosaurs with the world.
Scott Wright is a co-founder of Erth Visual and Physical Inc. and its artistic director since inception in 1990. He trained as a dancer and choreographer in Victoria, Australia and is a multi-skilled artist incorporating puppetry (one of his greatest loves), movement, acting, aerial, stilts and pyrotechnics. During this period, Scott steered the company through many twists and turns, creating a successful national and international touring profile. Scott has directed most of Erth’s successful touring shows, and worked with a large variety of national and international companies and institutions, individual artists and community groups. Scott is currently focusing on the survival of indigenous folklore, exploring how ancient stories can be retrieved and presented to new audiences. This exploration takes him to remote communities throughout Australia, to meet with elders, learning and developing methods in which puppetry can tell stories of ancient creatures and landscapes.
Sharon is a founding and core member of Erth. Originally trained as a school teacher majoring in drama, Sharon has much performance experience. Prior to helping form Erth, she spent five years in contemporary dance theatre with emphasis on improvisational movement. Puppetry became a natural extension of her performance experience. Some of her performance highlights include her aerial harness and flying work, effectively becoming a human marionette. Some of her more memorable flying locations were those from atop the sails of the Sydney Opera House, the spire of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, the tower of Bingham Hall at Yale University, and from the 30th floor of the Nge Ann skyscraper in Singapore. Her roles within Erth are many and varied. Contributing to creative and performance direction, Sharon continues to perform, while assisting with the construction of props and costumes. Sharon has steered the company for many years as its key administrator.
Anna has been in the entertainment industry all her working life. She has applied her skills and extensive experience of the arts and cultural production to events both across Australia and internationally. These range from music and film, with roles from performer to producer. With a flair for production and management, she worked on “Spiegelworld” both in Las Vegas and NYC (2008-2009) and delivered the annual Australian ‘G’day USA’ Australia Plays Broadway concert event at Carnegie Hall (2009). Anna has been with Erth since early 2011 and has become an invaluable family member helping the company grow further and develop new markets. When people enquire as to her line of work, Anna enjoys the reply, “I manage Erth”.
The dinosaurs and other creature puppets, as well as the flora and fauna that make up the set are designed by Steve, a founding and fulltime member of Erth. From the Erth studio workshop he supervises a team of artists in the creation of the puppets, sets, props, costumes and associated elements that constantly tour the nation and the globe. In this principle role he has worked with a wide variety of people and organizations, and across numerous media over the past twenty years. The first 15 years were spent performing in, on, and dangling from, many of the creations that he now devotes his full time to building. Now off stage, he oversees the daily production of giant, teeth-gnashing dinosaurs and inflatable monsters that live alongside traditional fine arts and textiles work, and increasingly, he is incorporates new disciplines such as digital animation. Steve recently directed his first work Taniwha! for Auckland Museum in New Zealand, where he worked closely with indigenous storytellers weaving together threads of Maori folklore which was then presented by live actors, puppets, and projection. Steve also mentors design students from several tertiary institutions and assists emerging artists in the implementation of their respective crafts. Steve also mentors design students from several tertiary institutions and assists emerging artists in the implementation of their respective crafts.
Sound / Lighting / Video Designer
Phil has a distinct history working with interactive multimedia. After years as a musical performer, Phil set about reinventing his means of musical expression by creating unique and obscure musical instruments. This inspiration has led to the creation of numerous soundtracks for theatrical productions from 1999 thru 2012. Delivery of video and imagery being an obvious progression, Phil has also worked with various technologies to incorporate physical interaction (with performers and audience members) into installations and performances, utilizing technologies such as infra-red, sonar and pressure sensors, Arduino programmable circuit boards and “Kinect” sensors. With Erth, Phil has developed systems for automated delivery of sound, light and visual effects, and has designed stand-alone sound systems for their various creature puppets. “This one’s going to be a mad professor!,” his Grandma proclaimed upon his birth…. She was possibly correct!
Red Tail Entertainment (Producer)
Founded by Phillip Drayer produces a wide range of spectacular live entertainment and presents a variety of live performances by headline entertainers throughout the U.S. In addition to producing Dinosaur Zoo Live, the company most recently produced the national tour of Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, a live musical designed specifically for children. Red Tail also produced the acclaimed A Night with Janis Joplin now playing at the Lyceum Theater on Broadway. The company presents concerts by notable entertainers such as Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and many more at venues throughout the U.S.
ArKtype supports risk by supporting artists’ work in live performance – an ever-shifting mechanism for the fulfillment of their visions for international collaboration, production and touring. The company was established in 2006 by producer Thomas O. Kriegsmann to support the finest in emerging and established domestic and internationally based artists and projects. Mr. Kriegsmann’s acclaimed work as producer has been seen worldwide, proudly beginning his work in the production and development of emerging ensembles. His work includes projects with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Brook, Julie Taymor, Yael Farber, Denis O’Hare & Lisa Peterson, Annie-B Parsons & Paul Lazar, Lisa Peterson, Jay Scheib and Tony Taccone. For three seasons he produced the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, FL and recently premiered Big Dance Theater / Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Man In A Case and the U.S. premiere of Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Theater’s Not By Bread Alone. Upcoming premieres include Jay Scheib’s Platonov, or The Disinherited , Dayna Hanson’s The Clay Duke, Robert Ashley & Alex Waterman’s Vidas Perfectas, and Jessica Black & Erik Jensen’s Lester Bangs Project (Spring 2015).
East Bank Entertainment (Producer)
East Bank Enertainment / Matt Chinn specializes in the development, production, distribution and management of commercial entertainment attractions as well as consultation on programming, and financial analysis for performing arts centers and promoters. Upcoming and ongoing projects include: Peter Pan 360, Hombre Vertiente, A Christmas Carol the Concert, Star Wars Burlesque, and Dinosaur Zoo Live among others. Matt Chinn is a 18 year veteran of the live entertainment industry, working as an agent and promoter for Madstone Productions, AWA Touring, Columbia Artists Theatricals and Pace Theatricals, representing and managing touring concert and theatrical attractions. Throughout his career he has represented over 100 touring productions including: A Chorus Line, Bring in da’ Noise, Bring in da’ Funk starring Savion Glover, Cats, Chicago, Dreamgirls, Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Green Day’s American Idiot, Ragtime, Stomp, Sunset Blvd, and The Phantom of the Opera to name a few. A Texas native, Matt is a graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown. He currently resides in heart of Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens. www.eastbankentertainment.com
Voted ‘Best Children’s Show’
By Adelaide Fringe Festival 2014
Adelaide Fringe is Australia’s largest arts event and one of the most diverse arts festivals in the world, renowned for fresh ideas, spontaneity and fun. Artists from around Australia and across the globe participate alongside home-grown talent, in art forms spanning cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, visual art and design.
It’s a rare and pleasurable work that manages technical brilliance, cultural insight and enchantment all in one go.
Sydney Morning Herald
It’s a delight to come face to face with the genuinely unexpected in Australian company Erth’s thoroughly entertaining kids’ show, Dinosaur Zoo.
TIME OUT London
Dinosaur Zoo, with interaction and science at its core, is very different from any of the other dinosaur shows that I have seen … If like me, you have a dinosaur obsessed child or one that you can borrow to accompany you, Dinosaur Zoo is well worth a visit!
What’s On Stage London
“A witty, entertaining, and pleasingly informative ‘live animal presentation,’ introducing the dinosaurs of Australia. Educational theatre at its best.”
“Brought to life by sophisticated design and masterful puppetry, this production connects families to paleontology in an informative and unique setting.”
London mommy blogger ‘Motherhood…Sooner than later’
“Brought to life by sophisticated design and masterful puppetry, this production connects families to paleontology in an informative and unique setting.”
“It was wonderfully educational and [the ZooKeepers] were superb at knowing how to connect with children.” * * * “I loved the combination of science and entertainment.” * * *“Dinosaur Zoo is a delightful show — well geared to both children and adults.” * * * “The show was very informative, we loved the playfulness of the ‘Paleontologist’, and the dinosaur interaction with audience members was funny.” * * * “Dinosaur Zoo kept us spellbound from start to finish!”
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Marketing and Publicity for DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE is provided by C Major Entertainment Marketing, Inc. / Catherine Major. Contact CMajor P: (206) 521-9551 or Email: CMajor@CMajorPR.com. www.CMajorMarketing.com.
For Booking Information
Booking for DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE is provided by ArkType / Thomas O. Kriegsmann, President. Contact ArKtype P.O. Box 180241, Brooklyn, NY 11218. P: (917) 386-5468 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.arktype.org.
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