Elissa Jenkins - Publisher, Producer, Puppeteer, Passionista

I am a children’s entertainer, puppeteer and educator with popular puppetry arts company Larrikin Puppets, a South-East Queensland based performing arts business that performs puppetry for stage and screen. My husband Brett Hansen and I perform and tour together across Queensland, interstate and internationally.

For our colourful and exciting puppet shows, I perform popular lead characters Flossy, Marina and Bangles as well as other background characters – and also appear as a human host.

I received puppetry training at The Puppet Kitchen in Manhattan, New York under Michael Schupbach (Sesame Street, The Jim Henson Company).

In 2020, Brett and I launched Puppets At Work which features a program of activities for corporate and community workplaces. Through this new corporate arm, we’re bringing PLAY to workforces all over Australia. Not only do we bring fun, laughter and play to workplaces, but we also facilitate team building, creative brainstorming and strategic development workshops using puppetry and play.

In 2020, the year of the global pandemic, we also launched Puppet Central, an entertainment agency just for puppets. At Puppet Central, you can find and book a puppet show, puppetry workshop or puppet builder.