Eric Novak is a puppet designer, sculptor, fabricator and master craftsman working in film, theatre, museum exhibition and store display. In his Brooklyn studio, Eric has designed and built puppets and specialty props for a wide range of clients including Radio City Music Hall, Omaha Symphony, Brookfield Properties, Scholastic, The Skirball Cultural Center, and Mabou Mines among many others.
Most recently he designed and directed puppets for Radio City Music Hall's New York Spring Spectacular which premiered in March 2015. Previously, Eric made his Broadway debut puppeteering as Magic Screen in "The Pee Wee Herman Show" (2010). In 2007, the permanent exhibit Noah’s Ark opened at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Eric sculpted 25 pairs of life-size animal heads in wood, along with the sculptural welding of puppets and kinetic sculptures designed by Christopher Green. Also, he was the Lead Sculptor at Constructive Display, Inc., for clients such as Disney, Sony and Scholastic Books. He also constructed four life-sized marionettes for the feature film “The American Astronaut” (2001), two parade-scale puppets for the North American Tour of “Miss Saigon”(2002), and a 25-foot praying mantis puppet for the Village Halloween Parade (2001).
Currently in production is his first short film with puppets, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in which he is designer and director. Original theatrical works include “The Adventures of Charcoal Boy” at the HERE Arts Center (2006) and the National Puppet Festival (St. Paul, MN, 2007), “The Bacon / Mingus Triptych” at the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival (2004), “E-Volution” at the Jim Henson Puppet Festival Cabaret (2000), and “Rex Rocket inOuter Space” at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA (1997).
In addition, Eric has designed and built puppets for many other notable artists and companies including: Basil Twist/Tandem Otter Productions – including the Broadway production of “The Addams Family”, Jon Ludwig, Ping Chong, Roudabout Theater Company, Amy Trumpeter, Tom Lee, Matt Acheson, and Chris Green.
Eric has received numerous grants from the Jim Henson Foundation and is a MacDowell Colony Fellow. He received his BFA in Set Design from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (1989). He lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, New York.