Puppets and Puppetry
a talk and presentation by Leon Hendroff well-known puppeteer and puppet maker
Friday 24 April
10 am for 10.30 – 12 midday.
$15.00 per person including a tea/ light lunch after the presentation. $10.00 for tea/talk only.
For catering purposes, please register via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9300 3088 between 10 and 2 pm Tuesday – Friday.LEON HENDROFF - Biography
Leon is a designer and illustrator, with a speciality in puppets. He has worked in the graphic design and illustration industry for a number of years before branching into puppet theatre, a passion since childhood.
In 2001 Leon graduated from Curtin University, Western Australia, with a degree in design, winning several awards for his work including the inaugural Australian Graphic Design Association Scholarship award. In 2005 he undertook a puppet making course with Czech master puppet maker Jiri Zmitko, and in 2008 did a masterclass with the renowned Chinese Quanzhou Marionette Troupe. Leon was also awarded a Union Internationale De La Marionnette (Australia) scholarship, to study with highly acclaimed puppeteer and director Noriko Nishimoto in 2009.
Since 2005 Leon has been designing and making puppets for performance, retail and display, including several Christmas and festival window displays, and puppets nationally for McDonald’s Camp Quality. He has also been conducting workshops on puppet making and puppet theatre for children and adults, as well as for Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s School of Puppetry, an association which started as a child.
Of all the puppetry styles, marionettes have always held a special appeal for Leon and through a generous gift of a personal collection by pioneering Western Australian marionettist Peter Hartland, it has become one of his aims to keep this tradition alive.
Leon’s creations are in collections locally, nationally and internationally, and wherever they travel he hopes they will always inspire something positive in their beholders.