Even an aspiring puppeteer without a background in other types of performance can come to the medium and succeed wildly at it. As long as you have “a creative identity, where you’re comfortable stepping into another persona, in a public way,” you can be a puppeteer, and a better all-around performer, Morales says.
“It removes you from the performance,” Wright says of puppetry. “Just ever so slightly, so that you’re aware of more than just your own body on stage… When you work on puppetry, I think that that entire experience of theater is really made explicit. It’s so sharply defined between what works and what doesn’t.”