Our staff: (See bios below)
Company Director: Nancy Riggs
Puppeteers: Nancy Riggs, Lorie Summers, Kiera Robbins
Board of Directors:
Jamie Cameron, President – Freelance Editor
Fracena Byrd – Freelance Actress & Puppeteer, Teacher at Kuman Math & Science Center
Lory Cox – Media Specialist at North Springs Charter High School, Freelance Actress
Justin Daniel – Teaching Artist, New Victory Theatre (NYC)
David Langford – Attorney, AHA
Pat Penn – Retired Educator
Nancy Riggs is the Director of the company and lead puppeteer. She has a BFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has studied with several notable acting companies including the National Shakespeare Conservatory. She has acted and directed for many Atlanta area theatres such as the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Stage Door Players, The Legacy Theatre, and the Shakespeare Tavern. She has also performed for children all over the southeast through the Alliance Theatre for Youth, Children’s Musical Theatre (AL), the Academy Theatre for Youth, and Telltale Theatre. She trained in puppetry at the Center for Puppetry Arts, where she has worked in the resident and the touring companies, and worked as a puppeteer for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program. In June 2014 she was selected as a participant in the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut, where she trained with many nationally and internationally known puppeteers.
Nancy has worked for Piccadilly Puppets for seventeen years as a puppeteer, and has helped to write four shows for the company. She has also written numerous dramatizations of folktales for student productions during her many years of teaching acting to young people. She began her career as an administrative assistant to the Academy Theatre for Youth in what was later called the 14th Street Playhouse. She has worked or volunteered in virtually every aspect of theatre, including booking her own performances as a storyteller. Now she handles all of the administrative duties for Piccadilly Puppets, as well as performing shows.
Kiera Robbins has been interested in puppetry for as long as she can remember. After numerous shows behind her parents’ sofa, she performed her first puppet show onstage in 2005 for the Center for Puppetry Arts’ “Xperimental Puppetry Theatre.” Since then, she has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Oglethorpe University; performed in puppet, improv, and pro wrestling shows around Atlanta; worked in the museum at CPA; built stages at Dad’s Garage Theatre Co.; and begun working with Atlanta Puppet, Piccadilly Puppets, and the Academy Theatre for Youth outreach program. In 2013 she was chosen to represent Atlanta in the National Puppet Slam. This fall she will be performing in the Micro-Festival de Marionettes Inachevée hosted by Les Sage Fous in Trois-Riviéres, Quebec.
Lorie Summers has a B.A. in Theatre and English from Smith College, and has been performing with puppets since 1997. Ms. Summers’ performances range from Japanese Bunraku Puppetry on stage, to “Xperimental Puppetry Theatre” at the Center for Puppetry Arts, to puppet shows at bookstores, and puppet therapy with adolescents who have mental illnesses. Her greatest passion since 2000 has been Kids on the Block. Kids on the Block is an international puppetry program that was started in 1977, and is operated by agencies worldwide, including Mental Health America of Georgia. What began as a volunteer position at the National Mental Health Association of Georgia (now d/b/a Mental Health America of Georgia) grew into a vocation for Lorie. Since the year 2000, she has performed for more than 50,000 children in the state of Georgia.