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Sonny Tilders

 
Bio:
Tilders’ career has spanned some 25 years in which he has designed and built creatures and contraptions, models and special effects for the film and theatrical industries. His work can be seen in US feature films such as Peter Pan, Ghostrider, The Chronicles of Narnia and Star Wars - The ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Tilders’ career has spanned some 25 years in which he has designed and built creatures and contraptions, models and special effects for the film and theatrical industries. His work can be seen in US feature films such as Peter Pan, Ghostrider, The Chronicles of Narnia and Star Wars - The ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2018]
Creature Designer

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Special Tony Award to Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company Photo

Special Tony Award to Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company

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04/30/2019
Dori Berinstein, Drew McOnie, Peter England, Sonny Tilders, Babara Darwall Collins Photo

Dori Berinstein, Drew McOnie, Peter England, Sonny Tilders, Babara Darwall Collins

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Dori Berinstein, Drew McOnie, Peter England, Sonny Tilders, Babara Darwall Collins

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Dori Berinstein, Drew McOnie, Peter England, Sonny Tilders, Babara Darwall Collins Photo

Dori Berinstein, Drew McOnie, Peter England, Sonny Tilders, Babara Darwall Collins

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Sonny Tilders Biography

Tilders’ career has spanned some 25 years in which he has designed and built creatures and contraptions, models and special effects for the film and theatrical industries. His work can be seen in US feature films such as Peter Pan, Ghostrider, The Chronicles of Narnia and Star Wars - The Revenge of the Sith. Television credits include multiple seasons of the US sci-fi series Farscape as lead animatronics engineer and his theatrical credits include puppet making for productions of The Hobbit and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
In 2006 Sonny lead the creature design and build team for Walking with Dinosaurs - Arena Spectacular. Sixteen life-size animated dinosaurs were created to a level of realism and sophistication of movement never before seen in live theatre. Following the international success of the show, Creature Technology Co. was formed of which Sonny is CEO and Creative Director. Working with strategic partner Global Creatures, Sonny's team produced creatures for the arena spectacular of How to Train Your Dragon and King Kong the Musical. The creation of the 1.1 tonne, 20 foot tall King Kong puppet was recognized with a prestigious Helpmann award for Outstanding Theatrical Achievement.
From its theatrical roots Creature Technology Co. has evolved and expanded over its first 10 years, bringing its technologically advanced animatronic creature and puppet design to a variety of entertainment fields. In 2014 Creature Technology Co. successfully designed and built 3 giant animatronic mascots for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympics, witnessed by billions.
More recently the company has commenced a significant collaboration with Universal Creative to bring their remarkable creations to theme parks around the world.

Sonny Tilders Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Puppet Design Gold Star
Sonny Tilders, King Kong
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2019 - Special Achievement Awards Gold Star
Sonny Tilders, King Kong
 
Tony Awards - 2019 - Special Tony Awards Gold Star
Sonny Tilders, King Kong

Sonny Tilders News

BWW Flashback: KING KONG Takes Final Broadway Bow Photo BWW Flashback: KING KONG Takes Final Broadway Bow
by Paul Smith - Aug 18, 2019

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, King Kong will play its final performance today, August 18, 2019 following 324 performances and 29 previews at the Broadway Theatre. Before he climbs the Empire State Building for the final time, take a look at the Broadway journey of King Kong.

Broadway Says Goodbye- BE MORE CHILL, THE PROM, THE CHER SHOW & More Prepare for Fina Photo Broadway Says Goodbye- BE MORE CHILL, THE PROM, THE CHER SHOW & More Prepare for Final Bows
by Nicole Rosky - Aug 10, 2019

Since the beginning of summer 2019, Broadway has bid farewell to a whopping eleven productions. Some were pre-scheduled. limited runs; others long-running favorites; all equally missed. Before the end of August, six more will take their final bows.

Photo Coverage: KING KONG Celebrates 300th Performance on Broadway Photo Photo Coverage: KING KONG Celebrates 300th Performance on Broadway
by Jennifer Broski - Aug 1, 2019

The award-winning new musical King Kong played its 300th performance on Broadway on Wednesday, July 31 at the matinee. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out the photos below!

Breaking: KING KONG Will Close on Broadway This Summer Photo Breaking: KING KONG Will Close on Broadway This Summer
by Alan Henry - Jun 25, 2019

The award-winning new musical King Kong will play its final Broadway performance on August 18, 2019 following 324 performances and 29 previews at the Broadway Theatre.

KING KONG To Take Over Shanghai In Asian Premiere Production Photo KING KONG To Take Over Shanghai In Asian Premiere Production
by Julie Musbach - Jun 17, 2019

King Kong is taking the show to new heights with an upcoming run in Shanghai opening in 2021.

2019 TONY AWARDS: Full Winners List for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards Photo 2019 TONY AWARDS: Full Winners List for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 9, 2019

This is the moment! The American Theatre Wing's 73rd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden, air live from Radio City Music Hall on the CBS Television Network tonight, honoring theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway.

2019 TONY AWARDS: BroadwayWorld's Complete Guide to Tonys Coverage Photo 2019 TONY AWARDS: BroadwayWorld's Complete Guide to Tonys Coverage
by BWW Special - Jun 9, 2019

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards will air on CBS Sunday, June 9th at 8pm and as usual, BroadwayWorld will be your one-stop shop for all things Tonys on Tonys Day, Night and Beyond!

2019 TONY AWARDS: A Complete Guide to Tonys Coverage Photo 2019 TONY AWARDS: A Complete Guide to Tonys Coverage
by BWW Special - Jun 9, 2019

One day more! The 73rd Annual Tony Awards will air on CBS tomorrow (tomorrow, we love ya tomorrow!), June 9 at 8pm and as usual, BroadwayWorld will be your one-stop shop for all things Tonys on Tonys Day, Night and Beyond!

Photo Coverage: The 2019 Tony Nominees Strut the Red Carpet to Celebrate the Tony Hon Photo Photo Coverage: The 2019 Tony Nominees Strut the Red Carpet to Celebrate the Tony Honorees!
by Monroe George - Jun 4, 2019

Broadway's biggest night is just around the bend! Before we officially celebrate the Tony Awards, the nominees gathered last night to salute the 2019 Tony Honorees, which this year include: Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: Rosemary Harris, Terrence McNally, Harold Wheeler; Special Tony Awards: Marin Mazzie, Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company, Jason Michael Webb; Regional Theatre Tony Award: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Palo Alto, CA; Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award: Judith Light; Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre: Broadway Inspirational Voices - Michael McElroy, Peter Entin, FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9, Joseph Blakely Forbes.

HADESTOWN, TOOTSIE, THE PROM, and More Win 2019 Drama Desk Awards - Full List! Photo HADESTOWN, TOOTSIE, THE PROM, and More Win 2019 Drama Desk Awards - Full List!
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 2, 2019

In the past few weeks, we've watched the nominations roll in. Today the final crop of nominees have been revealed, all leading to next week's ultimate announcement- the 2019 Tony nominations.

Sonny Tilders Videos

Tonys Talk: Jason Danieley Tributes His Late Wife and 2019 Tony Honoree, Marin Mazzie VideoTonys Talk: Jason Danieley Tributes His Late Wife and 2019 Tony Honoree, Marin Mazzie
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 30, 2019

On June 9, as the greatest artists of the 2019 Broadway season are saluted for their outstanding work, the Tony Awards will also recognize the late, great Marin Mazzie for a lifetime of outstanding work. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Mazzie, who passed away in September, will be honored for her advocacy and leadership within the theatre community as a brave and dedicated voice for women's health issues and organizations such as the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

VIDEO: Watch the All New TV Spot For KING KONG VideoVIDEO: Watch the All New TV Spot For KING KONG
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 19, 2019

King Kong has just dropped an all new TV spot! The commercial features footage from the show, including, of course, the iconic puppet.

VIDEO: Going Behind the Scenes With The Talented Team of KING KONG VideoVIDEO: Going Behind the Scenes With The Talented Team of KING KONG
by Stage Tube - Mar 6, 2018

The classic story King Kong, will open at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) on November 8, 2018. Check out the talented team of professionals in the video below and see how they brought the most famous primate in cinema history to life on the stage.

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes with the Cast and Creative Team of the WALKING WITH DINOSAURS Arena Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS is featured in USA Today, now on stands nationwide. Go behind the scenes with creative director Sonny Tilders, director Scott Faris, performer Daniel Fanning, and the dinosaurs themselves to learn more about the new national tour of the Arena Spectacular, launching this weekend at Brooklyn's Barclays Center (through July 20), next week at New Jersey's Prudential Center (July 23-27), and traveling to more than 20 cities across North America. Click below to watch the interview!

BWW TV Must Watch: KING KONG Makes His Debut on Australian Stage at Melbourne's Regent Theatre!
by Robert Diamond - May 27, 2013

One of the most anticipated stage debuts in recent Australian history has just been revealed as creature Designer Sonny Tilders' incredible 6 metre, 1.1 tonne silverback King Kong made his public debut today at Melbourne's Regent Theatre ahead of his first preview performance on 28 May. Check out two numbers below form the press preview, including 'Full Moon Lullaby' featuring Kong and Esther Hannaford as Ann Darrow Music by Marius de Vries and Lyrics by Michael Mitnick, and 'The Chase' featuring Kong with Music by Marius de Vries sampling Justice's 'Genesis'.

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Melbourne's KING KONG Musical!
by Stage Tube - Feb 23, 2013

He's been in the Global Creatures West Melbourne maternity ward for nearly five years, but earlier this month King Kong arrived at the Regent Theatre for rehearsals, ahead of the 15 June opening of the epic music theatre event that bears his name. Today, the first glimpse of Kong has been released! Check him out in the video below!

STAGE TUBE: Marriner Group Announce KING KING for June 2013 - Behind the Scenes Video
by Stage Tube - May 31, 2012

The Marriner Group and Global Creatures have announced that their adaptation of KING KONG will open in June 2013 at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne. Check out the behind-the-scenes video below, which features pictures of the set and a hint at what to expect from King Kong himself.

BWW TV Special Video: Walking With Dinosaurs Sneak Peek!
by Broadway Beat - May 22, 2008

Dinosaurs return to the earth in a live theatrical arena show, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Live Experience, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Live Experience is now on tour in North America for two years and will perform 12 performances MADISON SQUARE GARDEN in New York City.


Sonny Tilders Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Sonny Tilders been nominated for?
Outstanding Puppet Design (Drama Desk Awards) for King Kong Special Achievement Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for King Kong and Special Tony Awards (Tony Awards) for King Kong .

What awards has Sonny Tilders won?
Outstanding Puppet Design (Drama Desk Awards) for King Kong Special Achievement Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for King Kongand Special Tony Awards (Tony Awards) for King Kong.