About The Performer
Ross Browning is a multi-talented professional performer with 35 yrs experience creating educational performances for young people.
He is an actor, writer, master puppeteer and pianist-composer, with a taste for jazz.
Ross Studied Acting at The National Institute of Drama( NIDA) and Jazz piano at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and at Mt. Hood Community College, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Between 1984 – 1991, Ross played Lead puppet character "Blinky Bill" in the popular ABC Children‘s Television Series "The New Adventures of Blinky Bill".
Ross has written, acted in and composed music for shows produced by :
ABC Children‘s Television , TCN 9, 7 Network (Brisbane), SBS, Film Australia, Australian Film ,Television Radio & School (AFTRS), The Pageant Theatre in Education, The Marionette Theatre Of Australia, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Foxtel, The Australian Museum, The Earth Exchange Museum, The Powerhouse Museum, Screen Sound Australia and has been involved in numerous puppet-based television commercials and corporate training videos.
1987 Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) commissioned Ross to devise and direct the world‘s first Multi-Camera Television Puppetry Techniques Workshop for industry professionals. In the same year AFTRS commissioned Ross to devise a 23 minute Documentary entitled "Television Puppetry Techniques". The Documentary follows the recording of one episode of the making of the ABC Children‘s TV Series "The New Adventures of Blinky Bill".
1991 Ross established his own company PUPPETEASE puppet productions.
1991 – 2000 Puppetease Toured regularly with the Queensland Arts Council, The Victorian Arts Council , Northern Territory Arts, performing in remote indigenous communities across Arnhem Land, Melville Island & Bathurst Island.
1991 - 1998 Nora Goodridge Management,
1994 - The Australian Museum commissioned Ross to create 'Funky Fins' with Garth Frost
1995 - The Earth Exchange Museum Commissioned 'DIG… a live wire rock show!'
1995 – Ross performs Puppetease to 65 schools in New Zealand
1997 David Atkins OAM asked Ross to join him onstage playing lead (puppet) character Audrey II in his production of 'Little Shop Of Horrors', along with an all star cast Garry McDonald, Christine Anu, Mitchell Butel, Leoni Page.
1999 - 2002 For four consecutive years Ross was invited as Guest presenter at The Australian Science Festival Canberra
2000 - Guest Presenter at the International Science Festival, New Zealand
2002 - Guest Presenter at the National Museum of Australia conference "Raising the Curtain"
2005 - Frater Award N.S.W. Dept. Of Education & Training - for consistenly receiving outstanding evaluations from teachers.
2005 - 2006 School Performance Tours - Australia Wide performances throughout WA, NT, Arnhem Land, SA, VIC and NSW.
2009 - Rotary Award - Vocational Excellence