Lyon Forrest Hill
Lyon Forrest Hill has been a practicing puppet maker and puppeteer for 20 years . He is the Artistic Director for the Columbia Marionette Theatre in South Carolina. CMT is SC’s only brick and mortar puppet theater, performing for over 100,000 children and adults each year. He has directed and/or created marionettes for over 40 productions at CMT. In addition to family friendly entertainment, Lyon has enjoyed recognition for his work in puppetry for adults. His production of Frankenstein was performed at the Puppeteers of America’s 2004 Regional and 2005 National Festival. His short piece, supine, which depicts a surreal nightmare, was selected for the 2012 National Puppet Slam in Atlanta. Two new pieces have been selected for the 2017 National Puppet Slam. He has attended the O’Neill Puppetry Conference in Waterford, CT (2015) and the Puppets in Prague workshop in the Czech Republic (2007).
Lyon also creates puppet short films and music videos using a signature paper puppetry style. Three of his films are part of the Handmade Puppet Dreams film series curated by Heather Henson. His film Junk Palace, which recounts the true story of infamous hoarders the Collyer brothers, garnered him an UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence, a respected award in the world of puppetry. He has created music videos for a number of SC bands, including Can’t Kids, Lunch Money, We Roll Like Madmen, and the Prairie Willows.
Most recently, Lyon has been co-curating puppet slams (evenings of adult oriented short form puppetry) in his home town of Columbia and developing adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories. He lives with his wife and fellow artist, Jenny Mae, and their two sons, Oliver and Huxley, in a house filled with puppets, books, and toys.