About

The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean.   Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago – and maybe live still today!  Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.

ERTH VISUAL & PHYSICAL INC.  (Producer) Since its beginnings in 1990, Erth has sought to provide audiences with eye popping visual experiences; giant puppetry, stilt-walkers, inflatable environments, aerial and flying creatures. In demand for events and festivals, the Company inspires audiences with their unique and dynamic vision.  Erth have built an Australia wide, and increasingly international reputation based on exceptional work and a distinctive visual aesthetic. Erth’s signature production, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo is consistently touring through North America, UK and Australia with multiple teams touring simultaneously. Erth’s productions have been presented all around Australia, in venues large and small, from community halls in the remote outback to the Sydney Opera House.  Erth is renowned for construction of stunning puppets of all scales, and frequently undertakes bespoke commissions for museums, zoos, theatre producers and festivals around Australia.

Team

Cast

Catherine McNamara – Host

Catherine is a performer and a maker. Her first training was in dance which has led to exploration/performance within the contemporary Japanese form BodyWeather. Graduating with a performance degree from the University of Wollongong in 2015, she worked with Erth Visual & Physical Inc. to develop Prehistoric Aquarium. She revels in the opportunity to learn new things from her child co-performers every single show.  She created a one-woman show called DEB for Crack X Festival 2018 which investigates our need for meaning and connection amidst engrained privilege and fear. She performed in Chiara Guidi’s Terra dei Lombrichi (Land of the Earthworms).  She co-wrote and performed in The Defence which had Fringe seasons in Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne and Perth. She developed the part of ‘Raja’ (Prospero) in Throne of Thorns, acclaimed Malaysian director Norzizi Zulkifli’s adaptation of The Tempest (performed at UOW and ASWARA Kuala Lumpur). Catherine is also a facilitator of performing arts for people with disability. Working alongside and advocating for people with disability is a huge part of both her everyday life and artistic practice.

Tina Jackson – Host

Tina hails from Perth, Western Australia, and is a proud graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art’s Diploma of Music Theatre.  She has recently toured Australia in The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and The Gruffalo (Mouse) for CDP.  Performing with Erth since 2013, Tina toured the UK with Dinosaur Zoo and was part of the West End cast in 2013 – 14.  Since then she has appeared in various productions across Australia and even Qatar!  She joined the cast of Prehistoric Aquarium as a puppeteer in 2017, touring every state of Australia, and performing at the 2018Auckland Arts Festival in New Zealand.  She appeared in the virtual reality film ‘Prehistoric VR’.  She performed in The Events at Belvoir St. Theatre and in both the Sydney Opera House 2012 season and 2013 Australian tour of Trevor Ashley’s Little Orphan TrAshley.  Other credits include: ‘Evelyn’ in Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things, ‘Meg’ in Stage Fright and in the 2011 Hats Offconcert.  UK shows include:  From Up Here, The Night Before Christmas and Hello Again.  She was a grand finalist in the 2010 Sydney Cabaret Showcase.

Joe Aholt – Puppeteer

Joe studied theatre arts performance at the University of Texas Arlington. He toured across North America in 2017-18 with Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live. Other theatre credits include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Fort Worth Theatre), Prince Philip in The Lion in Winter(Theatre Rocks!), Rhinoceros in The Island of Doctor Moreau (Hip Pocket Theatre), and Pee-Wee Reese in the Dallas Children’s Theater’s national tour of Most Valuable Player: The Jackie Robinson Story.

Eryn Malafronte – Puppeteer

Eryn is so excited to be working with giant puppets and scaring entertaining children again on her fourth ERTH tour! More recently, Eryn was seen as T-rex in Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo in China.  She’s excited to trade in the dinosaurs and dive head first into this prehistoric aquatic adventure that tricks kids into learning through the art of puppetry. She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support and love through the years of having such a strange and rewarding job! Enjoy the show!

Emily Moffat – Puppeteer

Emily studied design for theatre and television at CSU graduating in 2015.  Since then she has worked as tech crew for festivals and venues around Australia, which has helped her to hone her theatrical skills.  She was the Touring Technical Manager of Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium during its Australian regional tour.  In January 2018 she served as the Operations Manager for Moogahlin’s Broken Glass, a site-specific work that was part of the Sydney Festival program.  Emily is a self-titled ‘multi-tech-sual’.  She relishes every opportunity to experiment across disciplines and express herself in every medium.  Emily is expanding her horizons once again into

Miron Gusso – Swing Puppeteer

Miron celebrates his 6th year as a T-Rex with the company. Born in Moscow, Miron’s mother introduced him to Puppetry at the age of 8 and he’s been hooked ever since.  An alumnus of the University of Connecticut’s Puppetry Arts Graduate Program, Miron has also been seen as a dinosaur on Radiolab’s live show “Apocolyptical” which toured in 2013, and at Field Station: Dinosaurs (NJ).  Other favorite credits include The Center for Puppetry Arts (GA), and Doc Brown at Universal Studios Japan, Osaka. www.mirongusso.com

Creators

SCOTT WRIGHT – DIRECTOR / WRITER

Scott is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., which began in 1990. He trained as a dancer and choreographer in Victoria in southeast Australia, and is a multi-skilled artist incorporating puppetry (one of his greatest loves), movement, acting, aerial, stilts and pyrotechnics. Currently he is working renowned Italian director Chiara Guidi and has just finished production on Erth;s latest show “Prehistoric Aquarium” in which the audience is submerged in a theatrical ancient underwater environment, witnessing the thrills and spills of aquatic life. Scott has also produced work based upon the last thylacine (the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times) kept in Australian captivity. Some of Scott’s personal interests include the survival of indigenous folklore, exploring how ancient stories can be retrieved and presented to new audiences, which has taken him into remote communities throughout Australia. He is also fiercely active in not only making work that is inclusive for children with and/or without disability but also making work with adults with disability as collaborators.

SHARON KERR – Executive Director

Sharon is Executive Director and a founding member of Erth. Originally trained as a school teacher majoring in drama, Sharon has much performance experience. Prior to helping form Erth, she spent five years in contemporary dance theater with empha­sis on improvisational movement. Puppetry became a natural extension of this. Her roles within Erth are many and varied. Contributing to creative and performance direction, Sharon continues to perform whenever she can.  Sharon has also steered the company for many years as its key administrator. Some of her per­formance highlights include her aerial har­ness and flying work memorable amongst these are from atop the sails of the Sydney Opera House, the spire of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne and from the 30th floor of the Nge Ann skyscraper in Singapore.

STEVE HOWARTH – DESIGNER

As Head of Design and a founding and full time member of Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., Steve designs for most of the company’s productions and external com­missions. From the Erth studio/workshop he supervises a team of artists in the creation of the puppets, sets, props, costumes and the associated elements that are on constant tour around the globe. Over the last twenty years in this principal role, he has worked with a wide variety of people, orga­nizations and across numerous media. He oversees the daily production of giant, teeth-gnashing dinosaurs and inflat­able monsters that spring from traditional fine arts and textiles work. Steve also mentors design students from ter­tiary institutions and assists emerging artists in the implementation of their respective crafts.

Drew Fairley – Co-writer

Since graduating from the School of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong Drew has worked internationally as an actor, writer and director. 

Most recently Drew performed in Deathtrap at the Darlinghurst Theatre and Jack and the Beanstalk (Directed by Chira Guidi) for the 2015 Adelaide festival. Before that Drew worked with Lisa Chappell as director of Bad Day Insurance. As a performer in Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo as part of the Kids for Fun Festival, VIC. As dramaturge on Here- a Verbatim Theatre piece through Warringah council, directed by Kristine-Landon Smith (Tamasha Theatre Co UK). Before that he performed with Version 1.0 in The Major Minor Party- as an actor devisor, Terripin Puppet Theatre Company as a writer of Pip and Pooch- and with Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre as a writer/director on their new musical – Oh My God I’ve Been Kidnapped and I Hate what I’m Wearing, And Purse of the Mummy for Marguerite Pepper Productions and the Casula Arts Centre. For Television Drew has performed in –The Kangaroo Gang- King of Thieves- for the BBC and is featured in Anne Fontain’s Australian/French feature film- Adore and Mat Govoni’s –The Misfortune of Others- which was being screened at the Australian’s In Film conference in L.A. he is also a regular in Ariana Bossi’s six part comedy series The Stereo Complex (featuring Marcus Graham and Christa Hughes)

Drew has had a long association with actress/comedian Kate Smith and together they have written and performed three plays – Bangers and Mash, The No Chance in Hell Hotel and The Unspeakable Itch- the first two of which toured extensively through Australia, The UK, The US and Hong Kong.  

Drew has also produced several short films including – I Killed an Ibis, Bubble and a six part webisode series called Upgrade. 

Catherine McNamara – Co-writer

Catherine McNamara is an emerging performer and maker. She has a Bachelor of Performance (Acting) from the University of Wollongong, and a Communications degree. She began dance training at age three, practicing ballet, modern and jazz. In the last two years she has been studying Bodyweather, a dance method that grew out of Japan in the 1980s. This October, she will dance in Victoria Hunt’s new work TANGIwai at Carriageworks.

In 2014, she performed in Metamorphoses, directed by Linda Luke and Catherine McKinnon (Illawarra Performing Arts Centre), and Teenage Wildlife adapted from Spring Awakening by Alex Tutton, and directed by Chris Ryan (PACT Theatre). She co-wrote and performed in The Defence, which enjoyed fringe seasons in Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne and Perth.

In 2013, she premiered the role of ‘Mackenzie’ in Catherine McKinnon’s Hurt Trilogy, Hurt#1 (Kin). She trained for three years with mezzo-soprano Dr. Lotte Latukefu, and in 2012 was selected for Karen O’s Stop the Virgens: A Psycho Opera (Vivid Festival).

Catherine is also a Disability Support Worker with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and has the long-term ambition to make theatre with, and for, people with diverse abilities. Prehistoric Aquarium is Catherine’s first project with ERTH. 

PHIL DOWNING – Sound Design

Phil has a distinct history working with interactive multimedia. After years spent performing music, Phil set about reinventing his means of expression through music, by creating unique and obscure musical instruments. This inspiration has led to the creation of numer­ous soundtracks for theatrical productions (1999–2012). Delivery of video and imagery being an obvious progression, Phil has also worked with various technologies to incor­porate physical interaction (with performers and audience members) into installations and performances, utilizing technologies such as infra-red, sonar and pressure sensors, Arduino programmable circuit boards and Kinect sen­sors. Working with Erth, Phil has developed systems for automated delivery of sound, light and visual effects, and has designed stand-alone sound systems for their various creature puppets. “This one’s going to be a mad professor!” his grandma proclaimed upon his birth.…She was possibly correct!

Christian J. Heinrich – Animation

Gabbie Paananen – Illustrations

Neil Simpson – Lighting Design

Nick Wishart – Electronics Consultant

Red Tail Entertainment – PRODUCER – NORTH AMERICA

Red Tail Entertainment, with CEO Phillip Drayer produces and presents a wide variety of shows throughout North America ranging from Broadway musicals to family shows, to concerts featuring internationally recognized recording artists. Red Tail has a tremendous track record of producing and presenting events in a variety of venues, including theatres, performing arts centers and arenas throughout the U.S. and Canada.   Mr. Drayer is a Texas-based entrepreneur with an interest in family entertainment; he is the lead producer of the hit interactive show Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Livewhich has successfully toured North America for four years.  Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventureis the second project between Red Tail and Erth Visual and Physical.  Red Tail is a producer of the Broadway hit A Night with Janis Joplin whose title performer, Mary Bridget Davies, was honored with a Tony Award Nomination.  And, Red Tail is a member of the producing team of the national tour of Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, and produced the arena spectaculars Do You Hear The People Sing and Cirque Musica!

Mr. Drayer has been a key player in the high technology industry for over thirty years and built two publicly traded companies.  He was named Top CEO by Morgan Stanley Ventures in Silicon Valley in 2000, and his second company was named one of Forbes Top 50 Best Run Companies in the U.S.  Mr. Drayer’s philanthropic endeavors include twelve years of service on the Lamar University Foundation and the Engineering Advisory Council. The electrical engineering department at Lamar University bears his name.

Tour Dates

The 2018 – 2019 touring schedule will be updated regularly over the summer as dates are made public in each city.

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Tour Dates for 2019

Fort Collins, Co

Fort Collins, Co
October 19, 2019
The Lincoln Center

On Sale 8/7

Boise, ID

Boise, ID
October 22, 2019
Morrison Center at Boise State University

Wenatchee, WA

Wenatchee, WA
October 25, 2019
Numerica Performing Arts Center

On Sale 8/12

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA
October 26, 2019
Tacoma Arts Live at the Pantages Theater

Bellingham, WA

Bellingham, WA
October 28, 2019
Mount Baker Theatre

School Shows Only

Chico, CA

Chico, CA
November 4, 2019
Laxson Auditorium at Cal State University, Chico

School Shows, On Sale to Public 8/26

Thousand Oaks, CA

Thousand Oaks, CA
November 7, 2019
Thousand Oaks Civic

School Shows Only

Cerritos, CA

Cerritos, CA
November 10, 2019
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Lancaster, CA

Lancaster, CA
November 14, 2019
Lancaster Performing Arts Center

School shows only

Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale, AZ
November 16, 2019
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV
November 20, 2019 (public performance)
The Smith Center

Tour Dates for 2020

Terre Haute, IN

Terre Haute, IN
February 8, 2020
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology / Hatfield Hall

On Sale 8/5

West Lafayette, IN

West Lafayette, IN
February 9, 2020
Convos, Purdue Convocations

On Sale 8/7

Bowling Green, KY

Bowling Green, KY
February 13, 2020
Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center

On Sale 12/20

Benton Harbor, MI

Benton Harbor, MI
February 15, 2020
The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

Canton, MI

Canton, MI
February 16, 2020
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

University Park, PA

University Park, PA
February 20, 2020
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State / Eisenhower Auditorium

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, PA
February 23, 2020
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Byham Theatre

Stamford, CT

Stamford, CT
February 28, 2020
The Palace

Patchogue, NY

Patchogue, NY
February 29, 2020
Patchogue Theatre

Reading, PA

Reading, PA
March 8, 2020
Miller Center for the Arts

Bethlehem, PA

Bethlehem, PA
March 13, 2020
Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University

Jamestown, NY

Jamestown, NY
March 15, 2020
The RegLenna Center for the Arts

Frederick, MD

Frederick, MD
March 20, 2020
Weinberg Center for the Arts

Morristown, NJ

Morristown, NJ
March 22, 2020
Mayo Performing Arts Center

Winston-Salem, NC

Winston-Salem, NC
March 29, 2020
UNC School of the Arts / Stevens Center

Greeneville, TN

Greeneville, TN
April 3, 2020
Niswonger Performing Arts Center

Saint Joseph and Collegeville, MN

Saint Joseph and Collegeville, MN
April 25, 2020

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John / Stephen B. Humphrey Theatre

Cedar Falls, IA

Cedar Falls, IA
April 26, 2020
Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

Van Wert, OH

Van Wert, OH
May 3, 2020
Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio

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