Brandon Kirkham is a freelance designer, builder, and artisan with more than a decade of professional experience in theatres and shops across the country. From his studio in the historic art colony of Nashville, Indiana, he designs costumes, sets, and puppets for theatre, and builds custom puppets, props, and crafts for all types of clients. Brandon brings a wide range of skills and approaches to his work, and especially loves projects that combine multiple disciplines and require unique design solutions.
From 2010 to 2019 Brandon worked at First Stage, a theatre organization for young people and families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served as Design Supervisor, Costume Crafts Artisan, and Properties Artisan, and designed more than fifty productions for that company. Brandon has also designed for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Florentine Opera Company, and others. As a builder of puppets, crafts, and props Brandon's work has been seen at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Pioneer Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Enchantment Theatre Company, Kohl's Wild Theatre at the Milwaukee County Zoo, Utah Museum of Natural History, and many more. Brandon spends his summers in New Mexico as Costume Crafts Head for the Santa Fe Opera.
Brandon received his MFA in Theater Design from Ohio University, a BS in Theatre Design & Technology from the University of Evansville and holds a graduate certificate in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut. He is a proud member of Puppeteers of America, PofA Great Lakes Region, UNIMA-USA, Brown County Arts Alliance, and the Indiana Puppetry Guild.