Craig Leo (1970- ) is a South African puppeteer, performer, designer and aerial choreographer.
Contribution to South African theatre film, media and performance
Leo learnt his trade as a circus apprentice to circus artist, puppeteer and designer, Keith Anderson, and helped Anderson to revive the Cape Performing Arts Board's Puppet Company, which had last existed in the late 1960s, and was one of the puppeteers and the company's manager from 1990 to 1996. He later founded his own acrobatic theatre company called Myth.
As a performer he has worked on productions for the National Theatre in London (e.g. War Horse), the The Zip Zap Circus (Baletsatsi), his company Myth, the Handspring Puppet Company (Tall Horse), and the Baxter Theatre (Amadeus, 2006).
As a puppeteer he has appeared in productions including: Tall Horse (Handspring Puppet Company, 2004), Il ritorno d'Ulisse (Handspring Puppet Company, 2007), War Horse (National Theatre, London, 2007/8/9), The Chimp Project (Handspring Puppet Company, 2009), House of the Dancing Water (Handspring Puppet Company, 2009), Or I'll Kiss You (National Theatre, London, 20010/11). He was also the puppetry director of War Horse productions in Australia, Holland, the UK and Ireland (2012-2014).
As production and costume designer he has done designs for:
Retzerland Feuerigesland Cultural Festival:
Madame Zingara (2007-2015).
Other productions include: London Road (2010), Love Affair (2010), Wombtide (2010), Nite Mother (2011), Benchmarks (2011), Some Like it Vrot (David Kramer, 2011), Kragbox (2011), The Flower of Shembe (2012), Voices Made Night (2012), Waiting for the Barbarians (2012), Heart of Redness (2015).
TV and film work includes being a stunt performer on The Poseidon Adventure (TV miniseries, 2005)
Magnet Theatre's In The City of Paradise, Artslink.co.za <firstname.lastname@example.org> Thu 2015/05/14.
National Theatre 
Craig Leo personal resume (March 2016).
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