Beth McMahon is a puppetry artist who aims to create immersing theatrical experiences through which the relationship between puppeteer, performing object, and the audience is explored. Beth holds a master’s degree and postgraduate Diploma in Production (Puppetry) from the University of Melbourne (Victorian College of the Arts and Music); she trained at the Lecoq Physical Theatre School and studied puppetry under the master puppeteer Alain Recoing in Paris. Before discovering puppetry, Beth was an independent theatre maker in Western Australia, and was appointed Artistic Director of WA’s leading youth arts organisation, Southern Edge Arts, at the age of 21.
Beth is the Creative Director of the indirect Object, an award-winning collaborative group founded in 2006. The group creates immersive experiences using puppetry techniques in experimental ways and their early puppetry work was developed for international audiences in France, South Africa, Croatia and Kazakhstan. In recent years their work has diversified, ranging from an award-winning residency in a secure dementia ward, to the participant-driven object theatre project Little Wooden Caravan, developed for the Big West Festival.
In June 2016 Beth was resident artist with Together For Better Days (NGO), developing a series of artworks at their new Refugee Camp in Thessaloniki, Greece. A follow-up project for late 2016 is in development.