Since its beginning in 2013, the founding collaborators have continued to work together. Depending on the project, the three primary creators (John Trevellini, Andrew Lu, and Gregg Bellon) interchange their contributions as writers, directors, designers, engineers, and builders.
Puppet Phactory debuted in September 2013 at the World Maker Faire New York as an interactive puppet-making workshop and performance collective. The project was Hack-A-Puppet and audience participants were asked to up-cycle local junk into simple or manipulable puppets that could then be incorporated into original Puppet Phactory plays -- in either scripted or devised form. The Faire awarded 7 Editorís Choice ribbons to Puppet Phactory for this project.
In February 2014, the creations from that first Hack-A-Puppet project appeared onstage alongside new puppet-character prototypes in a reading of John Trevelliniís original play ďMomma JunkĒ at NYCís Abingdon Theatre Company.
The following August, the New York International Fringe Festival commissioned Puppet Phactory to create their mascot as a wearable mask. FringeNYC also granted Puppet Phactory a residency with its fringeART program.
In September 2014, Puppet Phactory returned to the World Maker Faire New York and found continued success garnering an additional 4 Editor's Choice ribbons.