Brad Shur has been professionally involved in puppetry for 15 years. He began as a performer with the Providence puppet and mask company Big Nazo while studying ﬁlm and animation at Rhode Island School of Design. He has worked in various capacities with Wood & Strings Theatre (Tennessee) and Vermont PuppetTree, and as a builder has designed and fabricated puppets for American Idol, Dollywood, and other theaters and performers from Austin, Texas, to Boston, Massachusetts. All of the puppets in Shur's performances come from his workshop, where he builds them by hand using wood, paper, plastic, foam, and fabric.
Shur has been the artist in residence at New England’s Puppet Showplace Theatre (PST) since 2009. At PST he performs regularly for youth and family audiences and creates new works using multiple styles of puppetry. Shur’s 2012 production, The Magic Soup and Other Stories, was a Boston Globe “Critic’s Pick” and a selection for the 2013 National Puppetry Festival. His production The Yankee Peddler: Stories and Songs from Old New England, features more than 100 shadow puppet characters.
Brad Shur has taught basic and advanced shadow puppetry to students of all ages, from prekindergarten through adult. Many of his students have gone on to create their own full-length shadow puppetry works.