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Joy Haynes Little Chair Projects


I am a director and theatre maker specialising in puppetry and performance for children and young people.


I have 30 years experience working as a freelance designer and theatre maker, director, performer, teacher and consultant. I create, perform and tour my own unique theatre to venues and community spaces, festivals and schools.


In 2017 Little Chair Projects was born through an Arts Council funded research & development process entitled The Emotional Space & The Puppet’ enabling me to collaborate with artists, organisations and communities to grow ideas and develop new performance works.


As a freelance director I have worked with national organisations to create puppetry and multidisciplinary performances including: Theatre-Rites, Little Angel Theatre, Royal Opera House and Polka Theatre to direct the experimental Dot Squiggle and Rest and Polka Theatre and NPT  to create Three Colours, which toured to China twice over 2016 & 2017.


I am committed to building early years (EY) arts into the mainstream and increasing respect for the competency of all young children as participants and collaborators. I co-create and enable imaginative and explorative experiences and make theatre for and with very young children and the communities that surround them.


As a passionate advocate for the development and recognition of puppetry as a distinct medium and my belief in the vital and transformative power of art & creativity, I offer consultancy and arts project funding development to individuals and organisations nationally.



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