Kirk Thatcher is an Emmy award winning writer/producer, director, as well as a creature maker and designer for both films and television. Kirk began at nineteen working at Industrial Light and Magic, designing, 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!” He also co-produced and wrote on the ABC series Dinosaurs, on which he designed most of the characters, including the Baby and B.P. Richfield!
Kirk has co-written several Muppet films including Muppet Treasure Island, and directed four television movies: The Muppets Wizard of Oz, It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, The Muppets Letters to Santa as well as the Thanksgiving movie, “Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow” . Kirk has directed over thirty 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, aside from co-creating The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell, Kirk co-wrote and co-directed the hit Muppet Live Shows that played at the Hollywood bowl and in London’s O2 stadium.