Hi! My name is Mikayla Teodoro and I'm a puppet designer and maker (as well as an occasional set and costume designer) from the Philippines, currently based in the UK. I graduated with a master's degree in Design for Performance with a specialism in puppetry from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and with a bachelor's degree in Interior Design from the University of the Philippines Diliman. I am very passionate about telling stories through puppetry and have dedicated my life to the pursuit of introducing puppetry to the Philippines as we are the only country in Southeast Asia without an ancient form of puppetry. In the Philippines I am the artistic director and co-founder of Puppet Theater Manila; a small puppet company that aims to tell Filipino stories, train Filipino puppeteers, and use Filipino indigenous materials. Together we are slowly introducing the art form through the production of original works as well as through the collaboration with various theatre companies to integrate puppetry in their performances.
In the UK, I work with puppets in various capacities; I have designed and made puppets for theatre, film, and stop-motion animation. I enjoy working with like-minded professionals and am always eager to learn more about puppetry. Regardless if I am in the rehearsal room or in a film studio, working with puppets has brought me true joy and has inspired me to share what I know with anyone interested.
If you would like to work together or even want to just talk puppets, please don't hesitate to reach out!