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David Michael Friend has been a part of the puppet community since the mid 90s, helping to bring forth Drama of Works' Doctor Faustus, The Ballad of Phineas P. Gage, Curiouser and Curiouser and the Carnival of Samhain. He has also worked with Kevin Augustine, building and performing for Animal and the Czech-American Marionette Theater in their piece The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald.

From 2007- 2009, Friend was a resident artist at the HERE Arts Center as part of their Dream Music Puppetry developing EGO. His fifth piece, it follows a dissatisfied artist on the cusp of completing his latest theater piece as he stumbles through the creative process. Previous original shows of Friend include The Typist, Pertussis, Lunatic and The Bident of Angels.

He is also wrapping up the post-production side of his newest film, Moonfishing; part of Heather Henson's Hand Made Puppet Dreams series.