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Nick Knave Biography


Born in the fishing village of Quonochontaug, RI; Nick Knave grew up playing in the marshlands and colonial graveyards of New England.  Equal parts local folklore, late night horror shows, and syndicated 70s television heavily shaped his naturally theatrical nature.  Nick traveled as a teen cross country and came to live in San Francisco.

After a very successful career as a juvenile delinquent, Nick made the acquaintance of Master Puppeteer Basil Twist, who would remain a mentor, collaborator and close friend of Nick's to this day. Under Mr. Twist's tutelage Nick discovered and honed his skills in practical stage and light design, performance technique, and character development. 

Nick became a local favorite both for his all ages, guerrilla, street and subway performances, "Wolfie's Puppet Party" and "The Flat Broke Fairy Tales"; as well as his adult specific puppet events -such as the "Puppetsploitation" series; and frequently providing host puppetry at Burlesque, Drag and Cabaret events around the San Francisco Bay Area.  


Nick also curated "PuppetLand: Confidential"; a monthly, short form, late night,  puppetry salon in SF; which brought together the best object artists in the city and beyond and provided a supportive space to experiment.


His credits include performances at The Exploratorium Gala, The 2015 National Conference of Mayors, The Hypnodrome Season Premiere, ScareGrove, Creepshow Camp, Mystic Midway, Trickster SF, Goldrush Christmas, and countless street fairs and block parties.  He was most recently seen at Hallowballoo in Honolulu  and was pleased to have a hand in the creation of the critically acclaimed "Cinderella" at The San Francisco Ballet. 


In addition to performance Nick has been a guest lecturer at Stanford and teaches a "History of Horror" class for children ages 10 - 14 and a "Horror and America" class for ages 15 - 18.