February 22-24, 2019
Kirk Thatcher

Kirk Thatcher

Writer/Producer/Director/Punk on Bus

Kirk Thatcher is an Emmy award winning writer/producer, an award winning television, commercial and viral video director, as well as a creature maker and designer for both films and television.

Kirk began at nineteen working at Industrial Light and Magic, creating and puppeteering creatures for blockbusters such as Return of the Jedi, Star Trek II, Star Trek III, E.T., Poltergeist, and Gremlins. He was also an associate producer on Star Trek IV, in which he had a memorable cameo as the Punk on the Bus, rocking out to the Punk anthem he both wrote and sang, called “I HateYou!”

Kirk helped create the television series Dinosaurs, where he designed all the characters and co-produced the series for 3 years. He co-wrote Muppet Treasure Island and has directed numerous Muppet films including three Muppet TV movies and a Lifetime Thanksgiving special, Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow starring Mary Steenburgen. He has also directed over twenty Muppet commercials and web shorts including “Muppet’s Bohemian Rhapsody” and all of Neil Patrick Harris’ web comedy series, Neil’s Puppet Dreams.

More recently, Kirk was one of the three regular judges on the Syfy channel series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge and just finished co-creating and executive producing a series for Netflix entitled The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell with Christine McConnell and the Henson company. He also co-wrote and co-directed the Muppet live shows that played at the Hollywood bowl and in London’s O2 stadium.

He is currently directing television for ABC and developing shows for Netflix.

He loves tiki bars, espresso and has a pet Macaw named Max.

 

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