Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour through pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t! Because you won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia. While it may indeed have been 65 million years in the making, we think you’ll agree, it’s well worth the wait.
ERTH VISUAL & PHYSICAL INC. (Producer) Since its beginnings in 1990, Erth has sought to provide audiences with eye popping visual experiences; giant puppetry, stilt-walkers, inflatable environments, aerial and flying creatures. In demand for events and festivals, the Company inspires audiences with their unique and dynamic vision. Erth have built an Australia wide, and increasingly international reputation based on exceptional work and a distinctive visual aesthetic. Erth’s signature production, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo is consistently touring through North America, UK and Australia with multiple teams touring simultaneously. Erth’s productions have been presented all around Australia, in venues large and small, from community halls in the remote outback to the Sydney Opera House. Erth is renowned for construction of stunning puppets of all scales, and frequently undertakes bespoke commissions for museums, zoos, theatre producers and festivals around Australia.
Adam is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy where he studied Musical Theatre. Since graduating, he has been blessed to travel the world performing for all ages. By land, touring shows like Foodplay and Mystic India The World tour; and by sea with Carnival and Celebrity Cruises. Adam loves learning new skills and forms of storytelling! While Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live isn’t his first time with a puppet, it’s proving to be a new, albeit ‘prehistoric’ challenge and adventure!
Kalynn is our first American (meaning not Australian) host! Originally from North Carolina, she has always had an interest in acting and science. She is a former civil engineer that decided to transition into acting fulltime early 2019. Her past credits include improv comedy, commercials, and short films. When not on stage Kalynn dances until her lil’ heart is content. She feels honored to be able to expose hundreds of kids every day to the world of dinosaurs!
Torin is from Davis, CA and moved to DC in 2016. Notably, Torin is the newest Tony Whitcomb in DC’s hilarious whodunit, Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center. He has also worked with several children’s theatre companies in DC. He’s been teaching at Imagination Stage, working with Young Playwrights Theatre, and is part of the Creative Tools for Teaching team at the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre where he played Joe in Marley’s Veggie Party. Torin participated in the 2017 Fringe Festival in which he played Matthew in Exit, Carolyn. Additional credits prior to his time in DC include Anna Karenina, As You Like It, Trojan Woman 2.1 and The Three Musketeers.
Eryn is so excited to be working with giant puppets and scaring entertaining children again! More recently, Eryn was seen as a puppeteer for Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure on the U.S/ Canada tour, and a T-rex in Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo in China. She’s excited to be a dinosaur again in a show that tricks kids into learning through the art of puppetry. She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support and love through the years of having such a strange and rewarding job! Enjoy the show!
Tim started doing comedy shortly after earning his Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studio Art. He spent a decade honing his skills on the mic at night while teaching high school art during the day. While co-hosting the award-winning ‘JellyVision Show’ podcast, co-founding the Improv Imps improv troupe and working at the DC Improv comedy club, Tim found his true passion: being a dad and telling jokes about it. Tim is super pumped to be puppeteering and continuing to grow as an artist.
Joe studied Theater Arts Performance at the University of Texas Arlington. He toured across North America with Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live from 2016-18, and again with Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure in 2018-19. Other theater credits include ‘Benedick’ inMuch Ado About Nothing (Fort Worth Theater), ‘Philip’ in The Lion in Winter (Ennis Theater), and ‘Pee-Wee Reese’ in the Dallas Children’s Theater’s 2009-10 national tour of Most Valuable Player: The Jackie Robinson Story.
Sam is an actor, puppeteer, and clown, Sam graduated fromHardin-Simmons University in 2014 with his B.F.A. in Acting. Whilst at college he was in many plays such as: A Christmas Carol, The Seafarer, Birds On A Wire (world premiere), Twelfth Night, Sweeney Todd, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Young Frankenstein, Spamalot, and more. He has started his adventure through professional theatre in a debut at Dallas Shakespeare’s 2014 season in Much Ado About Nothing and will be a part of Dallas Shakespeare’s 2015 season in Romeo and Juliet. He recently was seen in Kitchen Dog Theater’s premiere of Wilde/Earnest. He is honored to be a part of Red Tail Entertainment and Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!
Jackson was raised in Sydney, Australia, where he performed in community theatre in such shows as Spring Awakening, West Side Story and Seussical. He trained in acting, circus, and visual arts at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. He moved to New York City and graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He performed the role of ‘Bub Hicks’ in the Off-Broadway production of Leave it to Jane and at Field Station: Dinosaurs in New Jersey as ‘The Dinosaur Wrangler’ and as a puppeteer operating the T-Rex puppet built by Erth. He has toured in Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live national tours in the US and Australia.
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.
Miron has been working with Erth and prehistoric creature puppets since 2011. Born in Moscow, Miron’s mother introduced him to Puppetry at the age of 8 and he’s been hooked ever since. An alumnus of the University of Connecticut’s Puppetry Arts Graduate Program, Miron has also been seen as a dinosaur on Radiolab’s live show “Apocolyptical”, Field Station: Dinosaurs (NJ) and several national tours of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live. Other favorite credits include The Center for Puppetry Arts (GA), and Doc Brown at Universal Studios Japan, Osaka.
Recent credits include Sheila cover in Hair (Midtown Arts Centre), Pamela in Fox on the Fairway (Cortland Rep), Mathilde Loisel/Katrina Van Tassel in Encore! (Chamber Theatre Productions Tour), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (In the Wings Productions), Juror 4 in 12 Angry Women (Alpha NYC), Capitan Hook in Peter/ Wendy (Alpha NYC), Broadway’s Rising Stars Concert (Broadway Summer Festival), Hedy LaRue in How to Succeed in Business (FAMS Theatre Company), Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone (Last Call Musical Revue), Lainie in UFO Weather (Things that go Bump in the Night), Barbara in The Body is a Legal Drug (Midtown International Theatre Festival), Dotty in Noises Off(Drunks, Doors and Dialects), Alice in Age of Arousal (Drunks, Doors and Dialects) and William Shakespeare in Shakespeare Salon (The Dark Lady Players). More at CharlieJhaye.wix.com/CharlieJhaye
Jeremiah is thrilled to be working with this amazing company. He is a BFA graduate of Hardin-Simmons University and most recently appeared in 18 Holes (Rover Dramawerks), Annie Get Your Gun (Lyric Stage), and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical (National Tour). Some of his favorite credits include Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd), Young Frankenstein (Dr. Fredrick Frankenstein), Red (Mark Rothko), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (EKO), and Birds on a Wire (Itzak Rozitsky), National Premiere and the International Premiere at The Festival Fringe Edinburgh.
Born and raised in show business, Logan is the son of one of the most comical animal trainers of our time and one of the greatest vocalists of all time. At age 3, Logan began performing in the circus alongside his father, Les Kimes, the originator of the Pork Chop Revue (Comedy Performing Pig Show) as well as his mother, renowned vocalist Rebbecca Monroe. The Pork Chop Revue has toured nationally since 1956, making appearances on TV shows and movies such as Laugh-In, the Tonight Show, Ed Sullivan, Pet Star, Winter People, Smokey and the Bandit III and many more. Logan didn’t stop at pigs though, he went on to work with pretty much every animal that walks, jumps, flies, or slithers. But comedy and animal training aren’t Logan’s only talents. At the age of 10 Logan became interested in the literary arts. It wasn’t long before Logan a graphic novel and a fantasy trilogy under his belt. At about the age of 15 Logan developed a passion for acting and would be a part of projects such as Charles Ludlam’s award winning play The Mystery of Irma Vep.
Aimee Louisanne is a multicultural (Mauritian/Scottish) Actor and Musician from Perth, Western Australia. In 2013 she permanently moved to New York to further her career, and in her short time has worked with Oscar nominated director Darren Aronofsky, and booked two lead roles in independent feature films which have premiered in festivals around the US. She is currently working with world renowned acting coach Susan Batson, and trains three times a week in combat/stunts and various styles of martial arts for film. Aimee’s skills extend beyond her acting craft; She has an honor degree in Aviation, a Commercial Pilot’s License (AU) and is fluent in French and Italian. In the near future, Aimee will be releasing her first EP. Aimee has a passion for working with children and spent a year performing shows for young audiences around the world at HIV orphanages. She has worked hands-on with children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, and is part of a non-profit organization Kissabilites which promotes disability awareness and integration in primary schools. Aimee wishes to thank her agent Lisa Price at The Price Grp.
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 ‘Penny 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.
Miles is a native Australian. Born in Sydney he’s had a rambling journey through time and space. From improvised comedy, to stand up, Miles currently believes the best way to fix the world is through the inspiration and empowerment of children, because really, if we don’t invest in that there’s no point living. He’s been an avid volunteer in 826NYC, a creative writing and homework support centre in Brooklyn New York, and at the Martian Embassy in Sydney. When he’s not hosting fantastic dinosaur puppet shows, he’s normally making companies more sustainable, working in a bar or swimming somewhere. Of course, none of this matters because there’s no point unless we’re inspiring children or helping them create something incredible, so stop reading this and get out and do that.
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.
Scott is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., which began in 1990. He trained as a dancer and choreographer in Victoria in southeast Australia, and is a multi-skilled artist incorporating puppetry (one of his greatest loves), movement, acting, aerial, stilts and pyrotechnics. Currently he is working renowned Italian director Chiara Guidi and has just finished production on Erth;s latest show “Prehistoric Aquarium” in which the audience is submerged in a theatrical ancient underwater environment, witnessing the thrills and spills of aquatic life. Scott has also produced work based upon the last thylacine (the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times) kept in Australian captivity. Some of Scott’s personal interests include the survival of indigenous folklore, exploring how ancient stories can be retrieved and presented to new audiences, which has taken him into remote communities throughout Australia. He is also fiercely active in not only making work that is inclusive for children with and/or without disability but also making work with adults with disability as collaborators.
Sharon is Associate Director and a founding 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 theater with emphasis on improvisational movement. Puppetry became a natural extension of this. Her roles within Erth are many and varied. Contributing to creative and performance direction, Sharon continues to perform whenever she can. Sharon has also steered the company for many years as its key administrator. Some of her performance highlights include her aerial harness and flying work memorable amongst these are from atop the sails of the Sydney Opera House, the spire of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne and from the 30th floor of the Nge Ann skyscraper in Singapore.
As Head of Design and a founding and full time member of Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., Steve designs for most of the company’s productions and external commissions. From the Erth studio/workshop he supervises a team of artists in the creation of the puppets, sets, props, costumes and the associated elements that are on constant tour around the globe. Over the last twenty years in this principal role, he has worked with a wide variety of people, organizations and across numerous media. He oversees the daily production of giant, teeth-gnashing dinosaurs and inflatable monsters that spring from traditional fine arts and textiles work. Steve also mentors design students from tertiary institutions and assists emerging artists in the implementation of their respective crafts.
Specialist Puppet Design
Bryony is a designer, maker, artist and wannabe scientist based in the forested hills of NSW. Her puppets and constructions for visual performance have toured nationally and internationally with many Australian circus, puppetry, visual performance and theatre companies, as well as appearing in museums, festivals and documentaries. Solo exhibitions have ranged from interactive puppetry installations and handmade projection machinery to intricate illustration, all investigating a salvaged aesthetic. She has conducted community workshops in the Central Desert, rural Victoria, Western Sydney, and across the Mid North Coast of NSW. In 2011 she began working with her local community to seed a creative industry of skilled artisans making high caliber work from frugal resources. A three-year project was spawned that drew in artists, composers, scientists and over 1200 community participants, and resulted in an intricately detailed forest installation made entirely from stuff that was headed to landfill. The Frugal Forest is now on tour. frugalforest.oneoffmakery.net.au
Phil has a distinct history working with interactive multimedia. After years spent performing music, Phil set about reinventing his means of expression through music, by creating unique and obscure musical instruments. This inspiration has led to the creation of numerous soundtracks for theatrical productions (1999–2012). 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. Working 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
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 Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, the company most recently produced the Broadway hit…A Night with Janis Joplin. Through its subsidiary, 35 Concerts, the company presents headline entertainment at venues throughout the U.S.
“Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo delivers solid science as well as an extraordinary spectacle.”
NEW YORK TIMES
“A delightful and educational date with the dinos that provides visual oomph to rival ‘The Lion King’”.
WHAT MOM’S ARE SAYING
“We just saw the show. It was amazing. You are all terrific. Our little one loved it. It’s all he can talk about. Thank you for sharing this amazing performance.”
“Thank you!!! thank you!!! thank you!!! The show in Mesa, AZ was amazing.”
“Sam had soooooo much fun today. He says he’s sorry that he couldn’t put his head into the T-Rex’s mouth, but it was the best day of his life.”
“I saw your tour in Tampa, twice. I loved it!”
“Thank you for helping to make my son’s birthday the best ever.”
“The show was awesome! Please come back soon!”
“My Macaroni Family went to the show Tuesday night and had a blast! The puppeteers did such a great job that we almost forgot that we weren’t looking at real dinosaurs! Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE is the perfect combination of entertaining and educational.”
“Thank you all for a wonderful show today in Mesa! My son loved every minute! Well done!”
“The show was AWESOME. My Granddaughter got to go up and meet the babies on stage. She was beyond thrilled. When we left … she said, ‘Gramma, I wanna go back.’ Anyone who has a chance to take a child to see this, ‘GO!’”
“We attended Sunday afternoon’s performance with our boys and were amazed! They absolutely loved it.”
June 1 – Aug. 31, 2019
National Zoo Theater, Washington DC
Tuesday – Sunday | 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
This air-conditioned venue is located inside the Visitor Center near the Zoo’s main pedestrian entrance on Connecticut Ave. and close to Parking Lot A.