Joanna Hruby is a visual artist, performance artist and facilitator based in South Devon, England. She creates puppetry, scenic art, costume and props for diverse performance settings including festivals, theatre productions and community arts events. She also uses puppetry and visual storytelling techniques as a facilitator with diverse social groups.

Joanna’s work draws inspiration from folk arts, folk theatre, and folk practices from around the world.  Amongst others, she uses processional puppet pageantry and carnival techniques, paper theatre, moving panoramas and paper automata.  Making reference to myth, story and folktale, Joanna’s work strives to animate stories in new ways, through ancient means.

Joanna Hruby and Corn Dolly

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  1. janine new

    just saw the four of swords production of gawain and the green knight! Your green knight puppet was amazing!!! I had no idea what to expect, my eyes went huge like saucers when it came through the door, i loved it! It reminded me of the dark crystal which i love! Thank you! It was great! X

    1. joannahruby Post author

      Thank you so much Janine! I’m really thrilled you liked it so much to track down my website! I must point out that Philip Kingslan John of Four of Swords Theatre did most of the incredible details of the puppet – the glowing eyes, the costume etc. – I mostly helped him to make the structure and figure out how to operate the puppet. I was amazed when I saw the finished green knight myself…and I loved the whole show. Thanks again for sharing your appreciation!


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