Our Philosophy

Sustainability. We endeavor where possible to construct our puppets from repurposed or recycled materials, and to craft our toys using systems of repurposed goods. All puppets are hand-built, and designed to be both ergonomic and expressive.

Quirk. We believe in defying gravity, challenging norms, and exceeding expectations. We blur the lines among genres, styles, cultures, and crafts.

Homegrown. We strive to create collaborative partnerships with a variety of local artists.

Administrative Staff

Dan with Heckler PterodactylDaniel T. Ballard (Chief Puppeteer and Puppet/Toy Designer) is a second-generation puppeteer who specializes in foam and latex puppet construction to create hand puppets, hand-and-rod puppets, and puppet suits. He draws from the beautiful variety of Earth’s creatures in his designs, to create characters that are appealing to all ages. He is the chief puppet designer and builder of Dolphin Wizard Co., which emphasizes a nature-based aesthetic and a satirical sense of humor, and the content that incorporates Dolphin Wizard Co. puppets, including the appearance of the company’s namesake puppet in a recent community theatre production, touches on the themes of creative expression and the waves and vibrations of human imagination.

Rachel with the Xenomorph

Rachel Wayne (Managing Producer) comes from a theatre background, where the need for efficiency and collaboration were instilled in her. She works hard to make a number of artistic projects happen and strongly believes in artists’ right to pursue their craft as a career. She is a performance artist (stage name Angela Knox) and playwright. She also creates irreverent collages of celebrities and characters, using recycled magazine ads.

Photos by Robert Jones.

Company Members

Jessica Awad is a ukuleleist and comedienne who performs with puppets, clowns, and other magical things under the stage name Henrietta Henhouse.

Quincy Henderson is a banjo player who brings puppet musicians to life.

Philip Weiss is an illustrator who operates a number of whimsical creatures for DolphinWizardCo.