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Who We Are

AchesonWalsh Studios is a kinetic creation studio providing design, fabrication, direction and performance services. We are visual storytellers. We tell our stories through interactive experiences, puppetry and kinetic sculptures.

Our clients include Amazon Studios, Broadway, Lincoln Center Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Radio City Music Hall and the Yale School of Drama. In addition we work with some of the largest entertainment companies in the world and we respect the confidentiality wishes of these clients.

 
 
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Work

We produce high quality, hand-made puppets, masks, sets and specialty props. We work in all scales from miniature worlds to arena spectacles, and across all mediums including theatre, film, commercial and educational productions.

 
 

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When designing we aim to develop an aesthetic which integrates into the production design, while highlighting the hand-made, human-powered, analogue nature of our objects.
When fabricating we aim to prioritize ergonomic and comfort considerations thereby allowing for more confident and fluid manipulation by the performers.
When directing and performing we aim to ensure a visceral connection between the performer and the object, which creates an environment in which the audience willingly suspends disbelief and becomes fully immersed into the emotional aspects of the production.
 
 
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Exploration

We're always working on new ways to innovate our techniques and expand our skillset. Check out some of the other projects we've been working on.

 
 
Press

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Press

 

OCTober 23, 2017

The New York Times

Review: Romancing the Bot in Zoe Kazan’s ‘After the Blast’

by Ben Brantley

October 23, 2017

The Daily Beast

Meet Arthur, the Robot You Want in an Apocalypse: Review of ‘After the Blast’

by Tim Teeman

October 23, 2017

HuffPost

Aisle View: Brave New Blasted World

by Steven Suskin

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OCTober 5, 2017

The New York Times

The Top 10 Moments of Paris Fashion Week

By The New York Times

OCTOBER 4, 2017 6:06 PM

Vogue

Unicorns at Thom Browne and Fidget Spinners at Tory Burch—These Were the Spring 2018 Shows for Grown-Up Kids

by Brooke Bobb

OCTOBER 3, 2017

Harper's Bazaar

A UNICORN WALKED THE RUNWAY AT THOM BROWNE'S SPRING 2018 SHOW

By Lauren Alexis Fisher




DECEMBER 1, 2016

The New York Times

Review: Put on a Vest. Summon Magic. Beware of Moles. Save an Island.

by Laurel Graeberdec

NOVEMBER 23, 2016

Red Tricycle

The New Show That Will Blow Your Kid’s Mind

 by rtmimioconnor

NOVEMBER 10, 2016  

Broadway World

New Immersive Show PIP'S ISLAND to Make World Premiere in NYC This Weekend

by BWW News Desk



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NOVEMBER 3, 2014 7:00PM PT

Variety

Off Broadway Review: ‘The Oldest Boy’ by Sarah Ruhl

by Marilyn Stasio

NOVEMBER 3, 2014  

The New York Times

A Special Child: What's a Mother to Do? 

'The Oldest Boy,' by Sarah Ruhl, Opens at Lincoln Center

by Charles Isherwood


October 28, 2012 UPDATED DEC 28, 2012

HuffPost

As War Horse Closes on Broadway, Its Lessons Live On

by Kate Quarfordt

 
 

Team
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Collaboration

We make a point to collaborate with some of the most talented people in the industry. Working with everyone from traditional artists and craftspeople to designers and creative technologists, collaboration keeps our work fresh and dynamic.

 
 
Matt Acheson

Matt Acheson

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Matt is a puppet and theater artist living in Brooklyn. He has had the pleasure of working with many exceptional artists including Basil Twist, Dan Hurlin, Mabou Mines, Lee Breuer, Paula Vogel, Chris Green, Metropolitan Opera, The Swedish Marionette Cottage, MTV, Lake Simons and Nami Yamamoto. Matt designed, built, and directed the marionettes for Rinna Groff’s Compulsion, directed by Oscar Eustis. Matt was the Puppetry Director for Warhorse, during its run at Lincoln Center Theater and for the North American tour. Matt directs and curates the annual St.Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab with Krissy Smith.
Fergus Walsh

Fergus Walsh

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Fergus is a puppet and theater artist from Ireland. He has an MFA in Puppetry from the University of Connecticut and has won awards from the Henson Foundation and the Irish Arts Council. He has been an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. He was the props master and a puppeteer with Wakka Wakka Productions on the show Saga, winner of a 2013 Drama Desk award for Innovation and was the lead puppeteer on the world premiere of The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. Fergus is an Associate Professor of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut.
 
 
Christina Lafontaine

Christina Lafontaine

Nathaniel Edgar

Nathaniel Edgar

Kingston Lafontaine

Kingston Lafontaine

Trouble Walsh

Trouble Walsh

 
 
 
Jeanette Andruilli

Jeanette Andruilli

Jonathan Arthur Ashley 

Jonathan Arthur Ashley 

Liz Hara

Liz Hara

Sam Gold

Sam Gold

 
 
 
Aaron Haskell

Aaron Haskell

Joy Havens

Joy Havens

Leah Hofmann

Leah Hofmann

Paul Kloss

Paul Kloss

 
 
 
Spencer Lott

Spencer Lott

Curtiss Lee Mitchell

Curtiss Lee Mitchell

Sarah Nolen

Sarah Nolen

Joe Osheroff

Joe Osheroff

 
 
 
Carlisle Roveto

Carlisle Roveto

Alison Selover

Alison Selover

Caroline Voagen Nelson

Caroline Voagen Nelson

 
 
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Workshops

AchesonWalsh Studios are offering puppetry workshops for those wishing to further develop their fabrication skills.

Join us at our custom fabrication workshop in Brooklyn and gain hands-on experience exploring puppet techniques in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. We will share tips and tricks from our years designing and building puppets for some of the largest entertainment companies in the world. These workshops are ideal Christmas presents for the craftsperson you love (including yourself!).

Bookings: Email matt@achesonwalshstudios.com with the name of the class in which you are interested and we will contact you with the dates and times available.

Dates: Workshops will run throughout Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb on Tuesdays-Thursdays from 7pm-10pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm. See the Calendar below for specific dates.

Workshop Calendar

 
 

Studio Workspace

AchesonWalsh Studios is offering shared open studio space for your fabrication and art projects.

 
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Event Space

AchesonWalsh Studios also has event space available for photo shoots, performances, filming, and more.

Check out our booking page for more details.

Contact

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505 Johnson Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11237