Emma Fisher is currently pursuing her PhD in Puppetry as part of the department of Drama and Theatre Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Her research explores disability in the context of creativity and communication, engaging with unconventional constructed puppets that reflect the disabled body, exploring where testimony and puppetry can meet and looks at the history of puppetry to see how it has been applied in ways that transcend oppression and the body. She is a Puppeteer, Set Designer and Writer who has been working in Arts and Health since 2009 with Helium Children's Arts and Health. She set up Beyond the Bark an inclusive puppet and installation theatre in 2007. She was nominated for an Irish Times theatre award for set design in 2010 for Revengers Tragedy(Bottom Dog) and Don Juan in Hell (Limerick Theatre Hub).