New Works Development Program

Puppet Showplace annually supports the development of several world premiere puppetry productions by local artists. Incubator puppeteers become part of a supportive artistic community and receive rehearsal space, a materials stipend, and fiscal sponsorship for outside funding. They also participate in peer reviews and periodic works-in-progress showings. Incubator projects culminate in January with extended runs for youth and family audiences during the “New Year! New Shows!” series.

Incubator applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in developing a production through Incubator, please send a statement of interest, work sample, and initial production proposal to artistic director Roxanna Myhrum at



Word Play

by Honey Goodenough

Wednesday July 27 - Saturday July 30


"Word Play" uses clowning and puppetry to take audiences on an adventure through the alphabet. Words come to life in the hands of two skilled performers, who clown around with sounds and colorful puppet letters to create dozens of dynamic, interactive characters and imaginative scenes. Audiences can make friends with vowels, teach tricks to a “C-A-T” and “D-O-G,” and visit a Word Zoo full of surprises. It’s the perfect blend of education and entertainment—a play on words, literally!

Past Incubator Productions:

  • Cardboard Explosion by Brad Shur, Puppet Showplace Resident Artist (2016)

  • Lollipops for Breakfast by Bonnie Duncan, The Secret Agents (2014/2015)

  • The Great Red Ball Rescue by Faye Dupras, Foreign Landscapes Productions (2014)

  • Robin Hood by Brad Shur, Puppet Showplace Resident Artist (2014)

  • Squirrel Stole My Underpants by Bonnie Duncan, The Secret Agents (2013)

  • The Yankee Peddler: Stories and Songs from Old New England by Brad Shur and Chris Monti (2013)

The Incubator program is supported by a generous gift from the Sakharoff Family Trust, given in honor of Micheline Sakharoff.