I was introduced to TCK as a volunteer puppeteer for three years and learning to operate these incredible life-sized puppets in the traditional bunraku style has been one the best experiences of my life. Since I have been part of this charity, we have seen more than 17,000 students in schools across the GTA and surrounding areas. It is an amazing experience to see students' eyes light up when the puppets hit the stage with topics that they are currently learning about and going through. TCK puppet shows are geared to get important conversations started on serious social issues, and to mindfully equip our audience with the tools to overcome diverse situations to make wiser and kinder choices for a better future for everyone.
Douglas Hurst has over 25 years working with children and youth, formerly as resident artist for Art Starts Neighbourhood & Cultural Centre facilitating interactive creative workshops to under-served communities. He remains the resident drama teacher at Windermere Kids and Green Apple Kids preschools teaching through puppets and play.
Douglas coordinates school and special event bookings for TCK interactive puppet presentations. Virtual programs include TCK Puppet Playhouse with Mr. Douglas & Friends, TCK Backyard Virtual Camps, Puppet Pals & Virtual After School Club. Douglas is thrilled to be part of TCK's 30th Anniversary this year and educating students on serious social issues they face on a daily basis. He looks forward to growing with the charity for future community sharing and learning together.