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Jodi Thiele

Curriculum Vitale

- Details

- Bio

- Training

- Appointments



Education and Training


2009- Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) (Undergraduate)

Modules: Drama, Fine Art, Visual Culture, Photography and Creative Writing.

2010-The Victorian College of the Arts (Actors Studio Program)

2013- Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company (Physical Actor Training)

Methods of Suzuki technique, Butoh Dance Theatre and Viewpoints.

2013- Sovanna Phum Arts Association, Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

Traditional Khmer Shadow Puppet (Sbeak Thom and Sbeak Touch) training.

2014- Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场 (Suzuki and Viewpoints Theatre Jam)

2014- Finger Players’ Puppetry Master Class

2016- Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s “Puppetry Intensive” (with Richard Bradshaw, Michael Barlow, Phillip Mitchell & Margaret Williams)\


Selected Biography

Puppeteer and Community Artist

+65 8612 8236 (Singapore)


Jodi is an Australian actor, puppeteer and director.  Growing up in rural NSW, Jodi had a very intimate look at how close communities work and function. However, it was theatre and adventure that drew her to the bright lights of Melbourne and eventually Singapore.

Starting her career in theatre, acting and producing work that carried large social themes. It was in 2012 when she discovered her love of puppetry and took off to discover the traditional arts in Asia.


It was then working with Artsolute that introduced her to the power of art for the community, working on various projects with them to this day.

As someone who has had to navigate the complex experience of adapting to and negotiating different cultures, in her work and in her life, she is dedicated to creating work and projects that aid in the processes of resettlement and cultural cohesion.


Since 2013 she's trained in Southeast Asian traditional puppet arts to work with and transform communities tackling natural disaster, refugee crisis, poverty and youth empowerment.


Within the five years, Jodi has worked with ASEAN Foundation, UNIMA, United Nations' Children and Youth, and Waseda University among others using the arts for cultural cohesion and humanitarian aid. 




Advising Artist, Artsolute (Singapore, 2014-Present)

Artsolute conducts projects of community development, cultural exchange, and cultural presentation in Singapore and throughout South-East Asia utilizing processes of Art and Healing

Work includes:

  • Conducting research about various Puppetry forms across South-East Asia

  • Conducting research on the benefits of art and healing.

  • Training volunteers with puppetry, art, cross-cultural communication and art and healing skills.

  • Co-ordination and development of community puppet and art workshops


Steering Committee, United Nations Major Group for Children & Youth(UNMGCY)(2015)

Organiser, Facilitator Training and Consultant

Working with international youth of UNMGCY to design and organise the Global Youth Consultation for the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey, 2016. The Global Youth Consultation brought together over 200 youths (representing thousands of consulted youths) to Qatar so write the youth declaration detailing the youth recommendations for changes to humanitarian aid globally.

Co-Director of Studio Eleven Theatre Company (Melbourne, 2011-13)

Ensemble member, assistant director, technical and production assistant, workshop facilitator

Studio Eleven produced large ensemble contemporary theatre and promoted self-sufficiency and collaboration. The 13 founding Actors worked on every production, undertaking duties in all areas. It placed strong importance on its continual education in every facet of the theatre industry.


Education apps
pupet facil



‘One ASEAN Jakarta’, ASEAN Puppetry Association, at the ASEAN Secretariat (Indonesia, 2015)


A performance devised by puppeteers from ASEAN’s 10 member states celebrating ASEAN’s 48th Birthday with guests of honour Indonesia’s Vice-President Jusuf Kalla and ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luang Minh


'Rover and Friends', OKTO (Singapore, 2015)

Puppeteer, Lip-sync

Children's television program, various characters.


'The Singapore Story', for SPD’s 50th Anniversary Gala (Singapore, 2014)

Director, Puppet Maker, Performer, Writer, Facilitator

Using puppetry as a means of intervention and education for children with mental disabilities; the Singapore Story was told to guests of SPD’s 50th-anniversary gala dinner including guest of honour Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong


'Frizzie Lizzie', Artsolute and Agency for Integrated Care for the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (Singapore, 2014-2015)

Director, Puppet Maker, Performer

Shadow puppet performances to promote awareness and understanding of Dementia among primary schools


'Denise Likes the Arts', Episode 8, OKTO (Singapore, 2014)

Performer, Puppeteer

Introduction of puppetry and performance at Star Vista

'Guest', Word Forward’s Lit Up Festival, at Aliwal Arts Centre and International School Singapore (Singapore 2014)

Writer, Director, Performer, Music Design, Puppet Maker, Facilitator

Telling stories of new citizens, foreign talents and migrant workers, facilitating conversation about residing in Singapore as well as an introduction to puppetry and community puppetry to audiences


Kim Gaik Low Choon Puppet Show and Opera 金玉楼春潮州木偶 (Malaysia, 2014)

Puppeteer, Chinese Opera Performer

Third generation traditional Teochew Rod Puppet and Teochew Opera family.

Two-month intensive internship under master Goh Hui Ling with continued work for the group post-internship.

Performances include: Chingay Festival Parade (Johor Baru)

'A Taste of Teochew Opera', Theatre Lounge Cafe (Kuala Lumpur)

CNY Cultural Celebrations, Ara Damansara (Kuala Lumpur)

Teochew Puppet Opera, 17 Living Story (Penang)

E&O Chinese New Year Event (Penang)

Various Temple Performances (Penang, Ipoh)


'Love on Christmas Night', University Malaysia (Malaysia, 2013)

Assistant Director, Puppet Smith, Puppeteer, Actor

Directed by Saba Asailan under the supervision of Prof. Ghulam. A classic Christmas tale performed using various mediums. Large object puppets, glove puppets, dance, mask and acting.


'The Mythical Month', Kakiseni (Malaysia, 2013)

Puppeteer, Actor, Puppet Smith

Directed by Hamed Zahmatkesh (Iran)

Performances include: 

Iranian Community Outreach

20th International Theatre Festival for Children and Youth (Iran)

  • Hamadan

  • Sheverin

  • Talenghani

  • Malaysian Community Outreach

  • Selangor- TTDI, Serendan

  • Johor- Maur

  • Perak- Gopeng

  • Terengganu- Kemaman

  • Pahang- Kampung Sungai Ular, Jengka, Raub


'The Omega Quest', Revolt Production (Melbourne, 2012)

Puppeteer, Puppet Smith

Directed by Tim Mager, A sci-fi action romance space opera utilising the contemporary form of Japanese Bunraku puppetry.





Funplay Workshops Actor, School Shows (Singapore 2014- 2016)


Performances include: Hari Raya Puasa, Total Defence Day, Racial Harmony Day and International Friendship day.

Primary and Secondary school students


'21' by Wayne Tunks, Studio Eleven Theatre Company (Melbourne, 2012)


A play commissioned by Studio Eleven Theatre Company, written and directed by Wayne Tunks


'DNA' by Denis Kelly, Studio Eleven Theatre Company (Melbourne, 2012)


Directed by Fiona Hallaenan-Baker


'Chapter One', Studio Eleven Theatre Company (Melbourne, 2012)

Actor, Assistant Director

A showcase of local writers and directors


'Staging Health', Deakin University (Melbourne, 2010)

Ensemble Member

Community Street theatre group, Staging health performed at various locations across the University campus raising awareness of health and welfare issues faced by students.


'Feeling Free', Deakin University (Melbourne 2010)

Actor, Dance, Shadow puppeteer

Directed by Brendan Flynn An interdisciplinary performance exploring Gender and Sexuality issues


'High School Assembly', Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Melbourne, 2010)


Directed and Produced by The Bedroom Philosopher. A comedy spectacular looking at the hilarity of the school assembly


'Phaedra’s Love' by Sarah Kane, Four-Letter-Word Theatre (Melbourne, 2010)


Directed by Sara Tabitha Catchpole, Physical theatre performance


'Monstrous Regiment', RMIT Arts Union (Melbourne, 2010)


Directed by Lynne Ellis, a collection of the best scripts from the RMIT graduating scriptwriting course.

'Happy Days' by Samuel Beckett, Deakin University (Melbourne 2009)

Actor, Director

Under the supervision of Simon Fisher


Stage management


'A Twisted Kingdom', by Dark Matter Theatrics, The Substation (Singapore, 2015)

Stage Manager

Prop construction, stage and rehearsals coordination


'Semoga Bahagia', by Geraldine Song, Drama Center (Singapore, 2015)

Stage Manager

Prop construction, stage and rehearsals coordination


'Mandala', by Insource Theatre, Goodman Arts Center (Singapore, 2014)

Stage Manager

Prop construction, stage and rehearsals coordination


'Streets of Singapore', Harmony World Puppet Carnival, (Bangkok, 2014)

Stage Manager

Lighting design, lighting operation, stage and rehearsals coordination


'Micromanage Overwork Exaggerate (M.O.E.)', by the Common Folk, Goodman Art Center (Singapore, 2014)

Stage Manager

Prop construction, stage and rehearsals coordination


'Sailing Past', Singapore River Festival, by STAGES (2014)

Stage Manager

Prop construction, sound management, stage and rehearsals coordination, outdoor venue.




Arts for Social Change Tour, India(2019)
Puppet Artist and Facilitator

A series of workshops across 3 states in India introducing Artists, Social and Charity workers into concepts of how to use puppetry for social good and community development.

'ASEAN Puppets Exchange (APEX)’,  ASEAN Puppetry Association & ASEAN Foundation

Puppet Artist, Moderator, Facilitator, Director

Facilitated dialogue and praxis-led exchanges and performances between ASEAN’s puppeteers and musicians of various traditional and contemporary puppet arts.


Exchanges include: 


  • (Vietnam“APEX One ASEAN” ) : All 10 ASEAN member states and Japan, with the National Theatre of Vietnam

  • “APEX Live” (Malaysia): 7 ASEAN member states and Japan, with Joe Sidek Productions

  • “APEX Earth” (Myanmar): 5 ASEAN member states and Japan, with Htwe Oo Myanmar Puppet Family

  • (Brunei): 5 ASEAN member states and Japan“APEX Light” , with PeSTAB



  • (Cambodia): 5 ASEAN member states and Japan, with Cambodia Living Arts and “APEX Fire” Sovannah Phum Art Association

  • “APEX Manila”(The Philippines): Indonesia-Philippines, with Wanlu and his puppets

  • “APEX Kuala Lumpur” (Malaysia): Cambodia- Malaysia, with University Malaya 

  • “APEX UNESCO” (Malaysia): 8 ASEAN member states, with Kakiseni



  • “APEX Brunei” (Brunei): Singapore- Brunei, with PeSTAB 


‘Puppets & Passages’ (2013 - 2017)

Puppet Artist, Moderator, Facilitator, Director

A series of outreach workshops using basic concepts of puppetry to empower communities while developing Singaporeans’ perspectives of humanity and the Southeast Asian region. Over 6 Years Puppets and Passages have reached out to over 6000 participants and audiences.


Projects include:

  • Jogjakarta, Indonesia (2013, 2014):

With GaiaFoundation, training youth affected by the Merapi volcanic eruptions in 2010 on how to use puppetry for community engagement and working with children.


  • Fukushima/Singapore (2014):

Working with Peace Boat and the Fukushima Youth Ambassadors empowered Japanese youth affected by the 2011 nuclear meltdown in storytelling as to become future leaders in their community.


  • Bangkok, Thailand (2014): 

For the World Harmony Puppet festival, teaching Thai youth and International puppet artists on the use of recycled items for community engagement.

  • Tacloban, the Philippines (2014, 2015, 2016): 

A series of workshops training youth affected by typhoon Yolanda in 2013 with puppetry, leadership and community development skills so that they may be able to become leaders in their community and affect local change.

  • Yangon, Myanmar (2016):

Empowering young traditional Burmese puppeteers in facilitation to give workshops to engage more youth to become interested in puppetry and save their art form.

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2017): 

Supported by UNIMA Kanguru, working with refugee youth and traditional Malay puppeteer to create better social cohesion in the area.

  • Singapore/ASEAN (2017): 

Supported by the National Art Gallery of Singapore, bring puppeteers from Southeast Asia to engage Singapore Children and parents in the ASEAN arts and community in a workshop and interactive performance.


Imagining ASEAN: Puppets for Social Change Workshop (Singapore, 2018)

Expert Facilitator

Supported by the National Youth Council, trained 25 ASEAN youths, professional South Korean and Indian artists, alongside trainers Cariad Astles (UK) and Erina Saji (Japan) in the use of puppetry for social change. Participants learnt skills in puppetry, theatre, social development, and community work so they may enrich their projects addressing issues of poverty, climate change, education, violence, and culture in their home countries.


‘Art for persons with dementia’ (Singapore, 2015-2018)

Facilitator and programme design

Using the arts to connect and build relations between persons with dementia and their family and professional caregivers.

Hospitals reached:
Yong En Care Center, SWAMI Care, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, St Lukes Hospital


'Social Emotional Learning Through the Arts’ (Singapore, 2014-2017)

Facilitator, psychosocial intervention

Teaching puppetry and facilitating a performance as a communications, cognitive and empathy tool for students with social and emotional difficulties

Schools engaged:
Morning Star Community Center (Hougang, Bedok North) in collaboration with Ground Up Initiative, Princess Elizabeth Primary School, PCF Sparkletots Preschool (Bedok South), Society for the Physically Disabled, Early Intervention for Infants and Children (Jurong)


Mural Project, Ground-Up Initiative (Singapore, 2015)

Facilitator, Mural Artist

Facilitating workshops with various communities to paint 200m wall for a local community centre

Participants included Primary, Home School and High School Students, Boys on Probation, Mental Health Patients and international Volunteers.


LPE Programme with Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (Singapore, 2014)


Teaching puppetry as a communication and empathy tool for Medicine and Nursing students of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine



Forums, Presentations


‘Understanding ASEAN through Puppetry and the Ramayana’ at Waseda University with Utervision and Singapore International Foundation (Japan, 2017)



‘Playing for our future: Puppetry works as international aid’ at Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) Theatre Arts Conference (Singapore, 2017)



‘Artists on Best Practices’ at ASEAN Puppetry Conference with Kakiseni, ASEAN Puppetry Association and UNESCO (Malaysia, 2015)



‘An Insight into ASEAN Puppetry’ at ASEAN Puppetry Conference with Kakiseni, ASEAN Puppetry Association and UNESCO (Malaysia, 2015)


An exhibition presenting puppets of 9 ASEAN states both from professional and community artists. This exhibitions looked into the history of ASEAN puppetry but also presented contemporary developments. 


'Art as Psychological First Aid', 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Japan, 2015)


Introduction and education on psychosocial intervention through arts and puppetry to international participants of the 3rd UN WCDRR

'Art for Empathy', Asia-Pacific Medical Education Conference (Singapore, 2015)


Introduction and education on art for empathy, communication and empathy through arts and puppetry to international participants of APME


'Puppetry for Psychosocial Intervention', The Red Pencil Foundation (Singapore, 2015)


Introduction and education on psychosocial intervention through puppetry to art therapists and medical workers with The Red Pencil Foundation


ASEAN Puppetry Association's 6th Annual General Meeting (Vietnam, 2014)

Assistant to Singapore Delegate, Rapporteur

Researching and developing ideas for the promotion and development of the ASEAN puppetry community to present to other ASEAN delegates.


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