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 theaters 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 (Mobile, 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. She has twice been selected as a participant in the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut, where she trained with nationally and internationally known puppeteers and studied playwriting. She was also chosen as a Project Director for the 2015 edition of “Xperimental Puppetry Theatre” at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
Nancy has worked for Piccadilly Puppets since 1997 as a puppeteer, and has helped to write five 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. 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. She recently served as President of the Atlanta Puppetry Guild for three years.
Board of Directors:
Martha Rodriguez, President – Freelance translator, Homeschool Mom
Fracena Byrd Dolan – Freelance Actor and Puppeteer
Jamie Cameron – Retired Editor
Anja Lee – Professional Actor/ Corporate Facilitator
Pat Penn – Retired Educator
Elaine Wadsworth – Freelance Actor, Choreographer and Ballet Teacher