I am Julián Martínez.
I am an artist practicing many different mediums- but let's talk about puppets.
I began my own puppet company in the early 1990’s in Philadelphia, PA, USA after spending some time on tour as a props artist and puppeteer with the opera 'Frida'. In the late 90’s, I directed the satiric adult puppet troupe, The Egg Family Puppet Show in Austin, Texas.
In addition (and should we say 'for money',) I worked on operas, in theatre and film as a scenic artist and properties designer. I have worked on stages such as Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Lincoln Center, Houston Grande Opera, and more. Off stage, I have worked on commercials for such companies as ESPN and McDonalds.
In 1999 I ran away with the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. Aside from my duties as Properties Manager and picking up essential circus skills such as juggling clubs and trying to get some sleep, I developed satirical puppet shows with my colleagues of the circus, presenting them in empty train wagons for the circus employees.
Several years later I took refuge in the Swiss Alps. I continued to create shows for adults, but also developed an interest in street theatre and children's productions.
My son Jack was born in 2006.
5 years later, I started to perform with my son, after he refused to leave the stage during one of my clown performances. We have since performed in various festivals and in markets, theatres, etc.. doing our mask and puppet shows.
When Jack was 13, we began to write our first opera, Toadette.
I continue to work as a puppeteer, performing and building puppets and masks, and creating films and videos. Since the onslaught of AI, I am reinvesting efforts in live theatre.
I have played my productions in England, Andorra, Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria, Russia, and throughout the USA.