Emmy Award-winner Brian Hull is renowned for bringing compelling original ideas with arresting visual style to fruition. With 40 years’ experience in entertainment, Brian Hull is known for implementing high standards of quality and creativity into literally hundreds of successful productions. Brian also has international experience and has visited and been inspired by the puppet markets of Europe. During the early 1990’s he developed and was Professor U.B. Sharp of the “Professor’s Backyard” for Opryland USA in Nashville, TN. Recently he appeared as the Ghost of Christmas Present in Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol at the Boston Emerson Colonial Theater.
Mary Tanner’s 38 year acting/puppeteering career includes 100+ professional roles on the stage and in film and television with companies in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Nashville. She was awarded the Individual Artist Fellowship Grant for acting from the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2005 and received undergraduate acting training at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts. In 2019 she was seen in Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol in Boston, God, Help Us!, co-starring Ed Asner, at the Franklin Theater in Franklin, TN and in Pipeline as Laurie at Nashville Repertory Theater. Mary is a puppeteer and puppet builder for Wishing Chair Productions and Brianimations in Nashville. Favorite puppet projects include WCP’s Cinderella and Brianimations’ Kaytek the Wizard by Janusz Korczak.
Brian has been the head of Wishing Chair Productions Puppet Theater at the Nashville Public Library for 21 years where he is also the Artistic Director of their International Puppet Festivals - and was a former board member and President of PUPPETEERS OF AMERICA
Currently in his 17th season writing and directing shows at Dollywood Theme Park, Brian has worked in the theme park industry for three decades. Significantly, for Dollywood: the writing, directing and development for The Little Engine Playhouse with numerous original mini-musicals and shows - adapted from books and associated with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
Brian is an illustrator, storyboard artist and animator, and has worked on numerous projects with companies such as Sony/BMG as well as with BigFott Studios - Directed by Galen Fott: http://www.bigfott.com/
Now available for performances - KAYTEK THE WIZARD by Janusz Korczak
Masters - Puppetry by Brian Hull and music by Tracy Silverman