Max Humphries

puppeteer and maker
A puppeteer wearing a long apron, holding a small girl puppet.

resident artist

Max Humphries is a puppeteer and maker. His work takes inspiration from the Bunraku puppet school, the automata of the 18th & 19th century, and the drama theory of Edward Gordon Craig.

Known for his experimental mechanisms and novel puppet forms, he has produced work for Cirque du Soleil, Green Ginger, Pickled Image, Headlong, Nightlight, Figurentheater Nordland, Bristol Old Vic, the Royal Opera House and the Lyric Hammersmith, amongst others.

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I believe in trying to achieve the best possible mechanisms for a puppet’s movement and manipulation; finding the line between the needs of the puppet, the puppeteer, the maker and the performance. My ideal would be a theatrical landscape in which the puppet is viewed as an actor, without preconceptions.

Max Humphries