Emily Morus Jones
Emily Morus-Jones is a Welsh puppeteer and puppet maker for film, TV, theatre and live events. She fell into puppetry entirely by accident and makes no apologies for it. After graduating in Politics & History in 2008, just in time for the credit crunch, Emily abandoned conventionality (which, incidentally, was doing a stirling job serving as a newbies’ guide to despair and unemployment amid economic collapse), instead falling down a circus rabbit hole that eventually led to her working as a puppetry trainee for the BBC/Sesame Workshop production of The Furchester Hotel.
Since then, she has performed with puppets for high profile clients in the music industry including Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa, Jam Baxter & Rag’N’Bone Man, as well as shows for CBBC, Sky1, Netflix, and ITV.
Emily has also worked on short films and commercials including a Christmas campaign, Corky, for the Dogs' Trust, voted 'The Best Christmas Campaign of 2019' by The Drum. She has taken on roles ranging from Assistant Puppeteer to Head of Department for creature/puppet design, build, performance and coordination.
She hopes to build upon these experiences and pursue her ambitions to perform puppet and creature characters in film and TV.
Emily is also an experienced puppet builder having created puppets for clients that include The Handspring Puppet Company, KneeHigh Theatre, John Lewis, Netflix, BBC, Cadbury's and the band Iron Maiden.
Her experience is broad reaching - she has built everything from muppet-style puppets, to giant puppets, to Creature SFX.
Emily is motivated by trying to find new stories and voices in puppetry, and she passionately believes in creatures, monsters and puppets as important storytelling tools.
Apparently the aforementioned despair and unemployment amid economic collapse is also a factor, as she used the creative flatline of the pandemic to create a series of online shows during the lockdown period in what she’s pretty sure was the world’s first ever virtual puppet theatre, called The Pop-Up Palladium.
In 2022 she finished creating her first ever five minute film Diomysus for BBC Wales as part of their first-time filmmakers scheme, Ffolio, which was released on BBC iPlayer as well as being broadcast on BBC Arts and more. For this film she came up with the concept, pitched it, wrote it, built the puppets, produced, designed and directed it.
It was commissioned by the BBC on the basis that she had created a "new subgenre" of TV entertainment. She is very excited for you all to see it!