Inkfish, founded by Michael Kelly, Alissa Mello and Brian Snapp, creates original experimental puppet theater productions. With each original project, we aim to explore new theatrical territory embracing the challenges and opportunities of the creative process. Our work uses a wide range of traditional and advanced technologies, cultures, and ideas to explore our humanity and the world we live in through performance.


Our current project, “Digger,” is about holes, and man’s descent into chaos. Inspired by Dante’s “Inferno,” it ponders literal holes – black holes, holes dug through the earth, bullet holes, holes in bodies, wormholes, spillways –and re-imagines the ultimate descent into a hole through a contemporary social context. Our production is being developed at a series of residencies in the United States and Norway. We plan for this production to tour nationally and internationally.


Inkfish and its artists have been awarded grants from The Jerome Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, The Puffin Foundation and the Queens Arts Council with additional support from Nordland Visual Theatre, the Lanesboro Arts Center, The Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre, The Puppet Center Trust, Battersea Arts Centre, Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs/NYC Department of Sanitation/NYC Department of Education and Royal Holloway, University of London. Our co-producers have included LaMaMa and Little Angel Theatre.


“Digger” is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of “Digger” must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are taxdeductible to the extent permitted by law.  To make a tax deductible donation to support Digger click here.

"...incredibly impressive, with a real sense of artisanship and integrity        

                   which is, annoyingly, not always the way with actor based theatre."

- Honour Bayes, Theater Workbook