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Stephanie Elgersma started her career in Vancouver (CA), graduating from the acting program at Studio 58. Acting highlights include roles with The Only Animal, star star Theatre, and Pacific Theatre. Stephanie also has written, produced, and performed two solo shows. In 2013 she joined Ensemble Theatre Company, and acted in and produced three repertory seasons. She then shifted her attention to puppetry and moved to London (UK) to pursue this goal. Her curiosity has lead to work in all aspects of puppetry: puppet directing, puppet making, and puppeteering. As a puppeteer, she studied with puppetry icons such as Sue Buckmaster, Mervyn Millar, Sandglass Theatre, Pickled Image, and Blind Summit. She has puppeteered for House of Cats Theatre, a music video for Alexis Taylor (London), star star theatre, The Only Animal, Axis Theatre, UpintheAir Theatre, and Vancouver International Children's Festival (Vancouver).  As a maker, she interned with award-winning puppeteer and fabricator Oli Smart; and worked on 101 Dalmatians for the Birmingham Rep and  A Christmas Carol for Wilton's Music Hall. The majority of her making work has been with Nick Barnes Puppet Studio, where she assisted on shows for Les Petits, The Old Vic, and Disney Paris. Most recently, Stephanie has turned her attention to directing puppets. She directed the puppetry for Blackheath Halls Opera in London, and, in Vancouver, she returned to Studio 58 to co-create, co-design, and co-direct Zoetrope - a 10-person non-verbal puppet show set to music - with fellow alumnus and puppet artist Shizuka Kai. Most recently, she directed the puppetry in Skyborn: A Land Reclamation Odyssey for the PuSh Festival. Stephanie fills the rest of her time teaching puppetry workshops, freelancing as a puppetry consultant, or needle felting happy animals for her business Felt and Fluff. 

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