SHRiNKray Puppets is a South African-owned puppet theatre company, founded in 2014 by its directors, Jessica Mias-Jones and Andy Jones. Jess and Andy met in 2010 working as senior puppet builders on the world-famous War Horse, for Handspring Puppet Company, and in 2014 took their creative leap and formed their own independent company – SHRiNKray. Since 2014 SHRiNKray has collaborated on a multitude of highly successful projects.
A bit about Jess…
After studying Drama and English at the renowned UCT, Jess immediately worked her way into the
S.A. professional theatre scene. She began at the Baxter Theatre Centre in 2008, where she made a
name for herself working on various productions, such as The Tempest, with the Royal Shakespeare
Company, and Coming Home, by Athol Fugard. In October 2009 she banged on the doors of
Handspring Puppet Company, where she took her place as an apprentice puppet maker, and fell in
love with the art of puppet building. By January 2011 Jess had become a senior puppet builder for
Handspring, and at the age of 24 became the production and scheduling manager for the
continuous stream of horse puppets taking the world by storm. Jess would later go on to work
with more South African greats, touring the world with both William Kentrige’s UBU & the Truth
Commission, and John Kani’s, Missing. Since then, her creative focus has returned to home, driving
SHRiNKray forward by collaborating on local and international projects, with the likes of eMzantsi
Carnival, Jungle Theatre Company, Giant Films, Handspring Trust and Princeton University.