MARTIN P. ROBINSON (Producer, writer, director) is a professional puppeteer since 1975 and has worked with some of the most interesting companies in his travels. He learned his craft performing marionettes with Bil Baird and toured the country with Nicolo Marionettes. He has been a featured performer on Sesame Street since 1981, learning at the right hand (literally) of the greats including Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and Jerry Nelson. He designed, built, coordinated and performed in the Nickelodeon show “Allegra’s Window,” performed the “Cat in the Hat” in “Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss,” and spent five seasons on the British satire “Spitting Image.” He performed in five Muppet related feature films including animatronics for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.
Martin is best known for his work on the original 1982 production of “Little Shop of Horrors” and the Broadway revival in 2003 in which he designed, coordinated construction and performed the carnivorous plant Audrey II. He created the signature frog for Susan Stroman and Stephen Sondheim’s production of Nathan Lane’s “Frogs” at Lincoln Center. He also created and directed puppets for three productions at Carnegie Hall.
He has been on staff at the National Puppetry Conference for over two decades where he produced his first full-length production, “Jackstraws in a Wind Tunnel,” as well as a cracked musical parody “Pigeon Holed,” and a pivotal scene from “All Hallows Eve.” He also wrote and directed two dark-themed puppet films as an instructor, one of which, “The Bottlestopper Project: Tales from the Dutch Tavern,” is currently on tour with Heather Henson’s Puppets on Film Series. As a member of the Conference’s staff, he conceived and implemented the “Puppet Anarchy” course.
Martin has also been a master teacher for Sesame Street International helping cast and train puppeteers in co-productions around the world. For more information visit: www.MartinPRobinson.com.