Basil Twist

Performing Arts, 2000

Originally from San Francisco, Basil Twist is a third-generation puppeteer. Original productions include The Araneidae Show, Symphonie Fantastique, Petrushka, and Master Peter’s Puppet Show with the EOS Orchestra. Other credits include Theatre Couture’s Tell Tale, Mabou Mines’ Peter and Wendy, Tectonic Theatre Project’s The Nest, Jane Comfort and Company’s Underground River, Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home (Trinity Rep, Vineyard, Long Wharf) and underwater puppetry consultant on the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Twist’s work has received a Bessie Award, an Obie Award, three UNIMA citations of Excellence and two Drama Desk Award nominations.

Awards and Accomplishments


Twist receives a 2014 MAP Fund Grant for Playhouse Follies


Twist created the puppets for San Francisco Ballet's Cinderella


Twist's work is celebrated in Washington, DC, with productions at four venues in March and April


Twist is named a Doris Duke Artist as part of the inaugural class of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards

2011: Twist is featured in online documentary series, _MADE HERE_, following the working lives of New York-based performance artists


Twist appears in Arias with a Twist: A Docufantasy, by Bobby Sheehan. It focuses on the collaboration between cabaret and drag artist Joey Arias and master puppeteer Basil Twist, whose 2008 show brought them some of the biggest success of their careers.

2006: Twist receives USA Artists Award

2005: Twist receives Bessie Award for _Dogugaeshi_

2003: Twist receives Asian Cultural Council Travel Grant

2003: Twist receives New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

2001: Twist receives Rockefeller MAP Fund Grant