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Basil Twist Productions

[West End, 2022]
[US Tour, 2021] [Replacement]
Puppet and illusion designer [Replacement]
[US Tour, 2018] [Replacement]
Puppet Design[Replacement]
[Broadway, 2017]
Puppet Designer
[US Tour, 2011]
Puppet Designer
[Broadway, 2010]
Puppet Designer
[Broadway, 2010]
Puppet Designer
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Puppet Designer
[Off-Broadway, 2004]
[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Puppet Designer
[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Visual Effects Designer
[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Puppet Designer
Puppet Director


Basil Twist Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Puppet Design

Basil Twist, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Obie Awards - 1999 - Special Citations

Basil TwistSymphonie Fantastique

Basil Twist Videos

Basil Twist News

Theater For The New City's Village Halloween Costume Ball Will Haunt You Outdoors And Indoors, October 31

To delight its community and celebrate the creativity that comes with the season, Theater for the New City (TNC), 155 First Ave., will present its 47th annual Village Halloween Costume Ball October 31. 

PSYCHIC SELF DEFENSE by Normandy Sherwood is Coming to HERE

Prepare to be amazed as 'Psychic Self Defense' by Normandy Sherwood takes the stage at HERE. Uncover the secrets of this mind-blowing theatrical performance and experience the power of psychic self-defense. Don't miss out on this unforgettable show running at HERE.

HERE Reveals 30th Anniversary Season and Departure Of Founding Artistic Director Kristin Marting

HERE's 30th anniversary season exemplifies this vision of creating a home for artists who blend multiple genres—theatre, dance, music and opera, puppetry, media, visual art and installation, spoken word and performance art—and defy categorizations.

Douglas Dunn + Dancers to Present GARDEN PARTY in September

After nine sold-out performances this past April, Garden Party, a collaborative work by choreographer Douglas Dunn, visual artist/designer Mimi Gross, and lighting designer Lauren Parrish, will return this fall.

OPERA America Awards $200,000 In Next Stage Grants Supporting Subsequent Productions Of North American Works

OPERA America has announced grants totaling $200,000 to six American opera companies through its Next Stage Grants program.

MOBY DICK, LITTLE AMAL, and More Set for ArtsEmerson's 2023/24 Season

ArtsEmerson has announced its 2023/24 Season, featuring eight live theatrical events. The new season continues ArtsEmerson's commitment to international work and artists who boldly celebrate our differences, reflect the vital diversity of our city, and deepen our connection to each other. Learn more about the full season lineup here!

English National Ballet Reveals Principal Casting For CINDERELLA In-The-Round at The Royal Albert Hall

English National Ballet returns to Royal Albert Hall from 15 - 25 June 2023 to present Cinderella in-the-round by award winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

Chicago Opera Theater Announces 50th Anniversary Season In 2023/24

Chicago Opera Theater (COT), Chicago's foremost producer of new and reimagined opera, has announced its 50th Anniversary season in 2023/24. Reflecting on the company's first fifty years, the golden anniversary offers all the hallmarks that have made COT a staple in the Chicago community and the greater opera world including World Premieres, boldly reimagined classics from the opera canon, and underperformed masterpieces.

La MaMa Announces International Slate For This Summer At La MaMa Umbria

Artistic directors from eight international theater companies – representing Palestine, Russia, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany, US and Ukraine – will lead workshops for directors at La MaMa's 24th Annual International Symposium in Spoleto, Umbria, with residencies July 10 to August 8, 2023, it has been announced by David J. Diamond, Curator of La MaMa Umbria International, an essential program for experimental theater artists since 1990.

HERE Reveals 2023 Recipients of HARP Multi-Year Residencies with Awards of $50K-$125K

HERE has announced four new members of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), one of the most robust residency programs in the country and serving as a national model.

Olivier Awards 2023: See All Award Winners!

The biggest night in theatre, the Olivier Awards, was celebrated at the Royal Albert Hall on 2 April. Hosted by renowned stage and screen actor Hannah Waddingham, a three-time Olivier Award nominee herself, the Olivier Awards celebrate the world-class status of London theatre, and are Britain's most prestigious stage honours. Here are this year's award winners!

MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO Returns to The Barbican Theatre This Autumn

The record-breaking production of Studio Ghibli's My Neighbour Totoro will return to the Barbican Theatre for a strictly limited run in Autumn 2023.

Christopher Wheeldon's CINDERELLA to Return to San Francisco Ballet This Month

San Francisco Ballet’s 90th Anniversary Season continues with Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s score, opening at the War Memorial Opera House on Friday, March 31 and running through April 8.

Barrington Stage Company Names Meredith Lynsey Schade as its New Managing Director

Meredith Lynsey Schade has joined Barrington Stage Company as its Managing Director.

The Joffrey Ballet Sets 2023-24 Season Featuring Christopher Wheeldon's THE NUTCRACKER, a World Premiere & More

The Joffrey Ballet's 2023–2024 Season at Lyric Opera House, has been announced featuring a Chicago debut of a full-length gothic masterpiece set in the dawn of modern science; a mixed rep program featuring a world premiere, and more.

The 2023 Olivier Award Nominations Are Announced

The biggest night in theatre, the Olivier Awards, celebrates the brightest and best of London's world-leading theatre industry with a starry ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 2 April. Check out a full list of nominations!

HERE's Dream Music Puppetry Program to Present PUPPETOPIA in March

The OBIE-winning HERE has announced programming for its second annual Puppetopia, a three-week festival of new puppet theater.

Japan Society To Host Play Reading I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND YOU, BUT... On March 13

As part of its current Performing Arts Season, Fall 2022—Spring 2023, Japan Society presents a staged reading of I'm Trying to Understand You, But… by Japanese playwright Yuri Yamada, led by NYC-based director NJ Agwuna, taking place Monday, March 13 at 7:30 PM at Japan Society.

Doris Duke Foundation Announces New Doris Duke Artists at Awards' 10th Anniversary Show

Last night, at the tenth anniversary celebration and first-ever awards ceremony for the Doris Duke Artist Awards, the Doris Duke Foundation announced the newest class of Doris Duke Artists and revealed it is doubling the size of the prize.

La Jolla Playhouse to Host 6th Latinx New Play Festival in October

 La Jolla Playhouse will host the sixth Latinx New Play Festival on October 27 – 29, 2023, produced by Dr. Maria Patrice Amon, the Playhou


Basil Twist has written 1 shows including Symphonie Fantastique (Author).

Basil Twist has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Outstanding Puppet Design at the Drama Desk Awards for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Outstanding Set Design at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Addams Family," and Outstanding Set Design of a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Arias With a Twist." He was also nominated for Notable Effects - Production Design at The Hewes Awards for "Symphonie Fantastique," Outstanding Puppet Design at the Drama Desk Awards for "Tell Tale," and received Special Citations at the Obie Awards for "Symphonie Fantastique." Additionally, he was nominated again for Outstanding Puppet Design at the Drama Desk Awards for "Tell Tale."

Basil Twist has won several awards for his work in the Broadway industry. Some of his notable achievements include winning the Outstanding Puppet Design award at the Drama Desk Awards for the production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." He also received the Outstanding Set Design award at the Drama Desk Awards for his work on "The Addams Family." Additionally, Twist was recognized for his notable effects and production design in "Symphonie Fantastique" and received the Notable Effects - Production Design award at The Hewes Awards. His puppet design for "Tell Tale" also earned him the Outstanding Puppet Design award at the Drama Desk Awards. Twist has also received Special Citations at the Obie Awards for his work on "Symphonie Fantastique."

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