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. 

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 San Francisco favorite for his all ages show, "Wolfie's Puppet Party" 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 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.

Nick is currently in Eugene, OR; building new shows to tour with "Automata Subterranea" a collective that seeks to bring alternative and odd, puppetcentric, performances across the country.




© 2015 Nick Knave