Dr. Jamie Skidmore is a Full Professor in the Department of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, where he teaches practical classes in theatre and film production, including courses on directing, producing, design, and technical theatre. He is also the coordinator of the Diploma in Stage and Screen Technique. He is an award-winning theatre artist, who has been working in theatre for over thirty years as a director, designer, playwright, producer, technician, and more. He has worked professionally in B.C., Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador; as well as in Vermont, USA. He is a co-founder of the Isle aux Morts Theatre Festival, and a founding member of the St. John’s Shorts Play Festival. His work as a playwright includes Song of the Mermaid, which toured the island of Newfoundland, and Our Ancient Family, which toured Labrador in partnership with the NunatuKavut Community Council. He has trained in puppet design, construction, and manipulation with the New England Puppet Intensive and Puppets in Prague. He has trained as a mask designer with the Sartori family, the foremost mask makers in the world. His puppet show creations include A Fish Tale: A Lantern Puppet Play, which he wrote and designed giant lantern puppets for the production; and The Brass Button Man, a shadow puppet play, which he lead and co-created. He has also run puppet building workshops, teaching youth and young adults how to build lantern puppets and shadow puppets.