About us

Bringing the past to alive

Dino Encounters is primarily a child focused entertainment company whose core values centre around providing an exciting and educational dinosaur based experience. Be it an unforgettable birthday experience or educational school appearance, Dino Encounters is the perfect way to provide a unique insight into our pre-historic world and the creatures that once ruled our planet. Using puppetry and live actors we provide an unforgettable close encounter experience designed to ignite the imagination.

 
Meet our professional team
 

 

Tyler

Heya everyone! My name is Tyler and I’m the head Prehistoric Puppeteer at Dino Encounters.

At the start of the show, my team and I are hard at work building the stage and getting the show
ready. Throughout the show, my role is to bring both the baby and the adult dinosaur puppets to life! We here at Dino Encounters love our jobs and feel very lucky to be able to bring the past to life for our customers!
Throughout my life I’ve always been obsessed with dinosaurs, from watching Jurassic park as a kid to completing fossil photography at the Queensland Museum, it has been great to combine my interests with my career.

In 2021 I finished my Bachelor of Film and Television at Griffith University,
My favourite dinosaur is T-Rex of course!

I hope to see you soon! 

Aidan

Hello! My name is Aidan and I’m one of presenters for Dino Encounters.

 

While my highly skilled colleagues keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes, it’s my job to talk to the kids, run games and keep things fun for the kids out front.

 

I was a huge dinosaur fanatic growing up and thought I was going to be a palaeontologist for the longest time. It wasn’t until high school that I discovered my passion for drama. Being able to combine the two and share wonders of the prehistoric world with some newfound theatrical flair really is a dream come true.

Currently I am studying a Graduate Certificate in Music Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, after completing a Bachelor of Music in Performance there in 2021.

My favourite dinosaur is Triceratops. I just think he’s shaped like a friend!

Andrew

My name is Andrew and I’m a prehistoric entertainer for Dino Encounters.

My job is to entertain and educate children about the prehistoric world.

I host the interactive live shows and organise dinosaur-themed games for children's parties. 
I love that I can combine my two life-long passions: palaeontology and performing.

I am proud to be part of such a talented team of puppeteers and creatives. Together, we bring prehistory to life.

Currently, I have a Diploma of Screen and Media and will soon be studying towards a Bachelor of Science.

My favourite dinosaur is Leaellynasaura – I think it’s the cutest Australian dinosaur!

Claudia

Hey there and lovely to meet you! My name is Claudia and I’m one of the presenting Dino Keepers at Dino Encounters! With the help of my dinosaur friends, my job is to entertain and educate kids about the wonders of the prehistoric world all the while creating a whole lot of fun! This way, I get to invest in the very meaningful task to spread the love and curiosity of dinosaurs and our planet’s history wherever I go. My passion for all things dinosaurs, fossilized and ancient began when I was quite young. As a kid every school holidays and gap between responsibilities my mum would take me to the Queensland museum to wonder, learn and participate in as many holiday programs as I could. Naturally I loved every bit of this and when I graduated high school I volunteered at the Queensland museum and worked at a bunch of different exhibitions. You could almost say in many ways I have grown up in a museum. Currently I’m studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland majoring in ancient history and minoring in modern history and literature. I’m planning to get my year of honours and then postgraduate in Museum Studies all with the intention to mix my love of working with children with my love of spreading knowledge and then hopefully spend the rest of my days in museums.

As for my favourite dinosaur? I love my pre-historical giraffes Brachiosaurus! It’s the height and ridiculously long neck for me. (Though I’ll admit, the 2020 Canadian discovery of Thanatotheristes has since been a new worthy challenger)

 

Roland

My name is Roland and I'm the founder and operator of Dino Encounters.

I've always admired dinosaurs and I had a dream of creating a show that would entertain kids who share the same interest. Being a creative person I had lots of fun putting together our handmade and custom made staging props and watching our dinosaur puppets come alive from a few sketches.

I'm proud to have a team who are absolute dinosaur enthusiasts and have a real passion for the entertainment industry.

I have a strong customer service background and always strive to exceed our clients' expectations - no matter their age. Having three young children I perfectly understand how important it is to get their entertainment right on special occasions. We're here to create memories for them that will last a long time.

And we won't stop until you see us on a big stage! 

"Hands down the best interactive learning experience we have seen. We absolutely loved having Dino Encounters at our Little Scholars centre. The most engaging show and the children absolutely loved loved loved it, so did all the adults. It's amazing they are able to bring to life a world that always captures children imagination."

Andrew