create character using Puppetry, Costume, Art
US Visa holder for an Individual with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement as a Puppet Maker
Nao Kobayashi (pronounce like "now") designs and fabricates puppets and costume for Tv and film, theatre, museums, institutes, and more. Originally from Japan and recently in northern California, she holds a MFA in Costume Design and Technology in Theatre, TV and Film from San Diego State University, a BA in Technical Theater from Sonoma State University. Over the past decades she has worked on various projects with dance, theater productions, fashion and entertainment companies, and art projects with independent artists, dancers, musicians and performers in Japan and artists from other countries.
In puppetry, she utilizes skills of sketch, sculpture, fabric modification, mixed media fabrication, and martial art and dance as movement and body understanding. She often works in creative teams with interdisciplinary characteristics, expanding ideas to cross borders, as well as deepening and refining each strength and details.