Simple Machines



Simple Machines was formed by puppeteers Rollin Carlson and Tony Fuemmeler in 2009 after together on the UNIMA Award winning Pinocchio for Tears of Joy Theatre in 2007

Simple Machines’ mission is to create wonder and amazing performance with simple means.

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bugged. (2009, 2011, 2018)
An image from “bugged”, an experimental shadow puppet show.


“…so strong, beautiful, entertaining, transportational and thought provoking.” 

“Seriously. It’s stunning.”

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bugged. is a wordless journey through a metamorphic micro-universe. Drawing upon genres of graphic novels, science fiction, and silent movies, puppeteers Rollin Carlson and Tony Fuemmeler use an overhead projector and ordinary materials to animate a multi-layered shadow-world of insects and humankind struggling for survival.

Short shows

Escape (2017)

This shadow play was created for a puppet slam in the spring of 2017. Cast: Rollin Carlson, Conor Eifler, and Tony Fuemmeler. Here are some highlights in the video.

Enough (2010)

This show featured found materials and live music from Ali Ippolito and Anna Fritz.