Ella Mackay: I am a puppeteer and puppet maker based in Glasgow. I studied at the Glasgow School of Art and trained at the Curious School of Puppetry.
I founded Nudge Puppets, offering intimate puppetry experiences: interactive demonstrations, shows, walkabout, and making and puppeteering workshops for children.
I also collaborate as a freelance puppeteer and maker.
I love the tangible wonder of puppetry and play, grounded everyday magic. I am interested in how we can convey emotion through movement and in the strange power of empathising with puppets. I love the uncanny moment of looking into a puppet’s eyes and believing there is an emotional, wondering thing looking back and what this can say about the experience of being and connection.