Bat Honey Puppeteers is comprised of Britt Juchem and Ariel Gregory, a Missoula-based artist duo. They have been creating and performing puppet shows together for five years. They have toured nationally with shows in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Boston.
Ariel grew up in the wilds of southern New Mexico. Ariel’s background is in the theater arts. He has made textiles for Cirque du Soleil, worked as a camera operator for Comedy Central and spent four years as the Technical Director for the Groundling’s Theater and School in Hollywood, CA. Ariel has written and directed numerous plays and musicals, including Trixie in Hell, Le General and The Market Orphan. Ariel graduated from the Evergreen State College with a bachelor’s degree in filmmaking.
Britt is a fiber artist and muralist. She worked as an Art Director and model maker for film and television in Los Angeles. She excels at miniature production for the commercial industry with an emphasis on landscaping, set design and construction. Britt studied the performing arts at the San Francisco Art Institute and graduated from the Evergreen State College with a bachelor’s degree in film and animation.
Britt and Ariel have collaborated on numerous children’s books, including Porknee Manor, The Gentleman’s Wager and Noggin Crackers, creating both the writing and illustrations.
Britt and Ariel also work as stop-motion animators and have won numerous awards for their short films, including a “C.O.V.A. Award” from U.S.C. and “Best Experimental Film” from the Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona.