Paul Lewis is a graduate of Unitec’s acting programme and a trained singer. His recent credits include Titus Andronicus in Titus at Q Loft and the Pop-up Globe, and national tours of The Pirates of Penzance, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story and South Pacific. Inspired by The Muppet Show as a child, Paul taught himself puppetry, building his own puppets. Since 2016, he has been based at Whoa! Studios as a principal puppeteer, performing the role of Custard and designing and fabricating new characters. Paul has been mentored by Peter Linz (Ernie on Sesame Street) and his work can be seen in season one of Custard’s World, which is currently streaming on HEIHEI and TVNZ OnDemand. He has produced a variety of puppets for screen and stage, most recently Proudly Asian Theatre’s Orientation. Paul is thrilled to have been challenged with creating three very different puppets in
A Fine Balance: his first collaboration with Prayas Theatre and Auckland Theatre Company.