Here are just a few crankie artists (in alphabetical order!) in the US and beyond. Thank you for sharing your work and providing much inspiration!
Sam watched Bread & Puppet Theater cranky shows as a teenager growing up in Vermont in the 1970s. This inspired him to begin building cranky theaters and drawing his own cranky shows, as well
as teaching countless others to do the same. Sam has made collaborative crankies with small communities across the country from Gustavus, AK to Plymouth, MA for the past 20 years. Most recently he teamed up with LoCoArt in Bellefontaine, OH to
produce a cranky about the history of The Holland Theater. sambartlett.com
Dmitri Carter has been performing professionally as a puppeteer since childhood and currently serves as Development Director and Associate Artist for Seattle’s internationally acclaimed Northwest
Puppet Center. In addition to a performance venue, the Northwest Puppet Center also houses a museum and library of puppetry. He has worked with moving drops (crankies) for more than 20 years and hosted Seattle's First Crankie Fest
in 2013. nwpuppet.org
McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter and Matt Muirhead
McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter and Matt Muirhead - (description is work in progress!)
Katherine Fahey is a tremendously talented artist and musician from the Baltimore area. The first shadow puppetry I saw was her crankie Elizabeth Whitmore. Then followed by Pickett's
Charge. She has been a huge inspiration to me. You can watch these two amazing crankies in the Moving Backdrop page and in the On-Line Crankie Fest page. katherinefahey.com
Hope & Anchor
From England, Hope & Anchor are Alex Goodman & Joanna Hope Bricher, often joined by other artists, writers and musicians. After meeting at Dartington College of Arts in 2008 they formed a printing
and performing powerhouse. Check out their website http://hope-anchor.co.uk/Performance
Appalachian ballad singer and banjo plyer, from North Carolina, has made some crankies by using paper mosaic. See her crankie "Pretty Fair Miss" in the On-Line Crankie Fest page. ellengozion.com
From Devon in the UK, Joanna is a muscian, painter, puppeteer and folk art artist extrodinarre. joannahruby.wordpress.com
Dejah with her father-in-law Louis Leger
Singer, graphic designer, guitarist, piano, step dancer, paper cut artist from Seattle, WA. dejahleger.com
Her father-in-law, Louise Leger is now making crankie kits for sale on Etsy. To find out more visit his page on this website. Visit his Etsy
Crankie maker, fiddler, banjo player, guitarist, singer, story teller. Of Anna and Elizabeth from Baltimore, MD. annnaandelizabeth.com
Photo by Clare Dolan.
Peter Schumann cofounded the Bread and Puppet Theater in 1963. He began making crankies in the 1960s and is responsible for naming them crankys (spelled with a "y"). These early crankys inspired a "first wave" of
The Bread and Puppet Theater is based in Glover, Vermont. They celebrated their 50th anniversary. An article from the Christian Science Monitor in 2014,
when the Bread and Puppet Theater were celebrating their 50th anniversary. Read it here.
CONGRATULATIONS, THANK YOU, YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!! breadandpuppet.org
Pete Sutherland and Rose Diamond
Pete Sutherland and Rose Diamond - From Munkton, VT, Pete is an Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College. I've known Pete since the 70s. Still a very inspirational fiddler.
He and Rose have worked with children at music camps to create wonderful crankies. See an example in the "Made by Children" page here. Check's out his website Pete's Posse!
Blair Thomas founded the national and international touring puppet theater company Blair Thomas & Co. in 2002. Based in Chicago, IL, they have twice received the international
UNIMA awards for excellence in the art of puppetry. Watch "The Blackbird" crankie in the "MOVING BACKDROPS" page. blairthomas.org
Singer, instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar, mbira), crankie-maker from Brattleboro, VT. Watch one of his crankies on the "on-line crankie fest" page of this site. brendantaaffe.com
(That's me!) I perform crankies with two groups: The Gaelic Crankie Show and Podorythmie, I am based in Seattle, WA.
Pamela Wyn Shannon
Pamela Wyn Shannon is a gifted singer, guitarist and artist from Wales. Read about her crankies here. Watch one of her crankies "Caravan Crankie Lullaby" here. Enjoy!