The Paul Vincent Davis Award

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In 2012, Puppet Showplace introduced the Paul Vincent Davis Award to recognize New England-based puppeteers for outstanding lifetime achievements. Specifically, the award celebrates artistic excellence, mentorship, and service to the puppetry community--all traits inspired by Paul himself.

Awardees are recognized annually at Puppet Showplace's June gala. Nominations may be submitted on a rolling basis to Puppet Showplace's Artistic Director for consideration by the awards committee.

About Paul Vincent Davis

Paul Vincent Davis, Puppet Showplace Theater Artist in Residence Emeritus

Paul Vincent Davis, Puppet Showplace Theater Artist in Residence Emeritus

Master Puppeteer Paul Vincent Davis is widely recognized as one of America's foremost glove puppeteers. For over 30 years he served as Artist in Residence at Puppet Showplace Theater where he and founder Mary Churchill worked tirelessly to establish a home for puppetry in New England. Throughout his career, Paul was a dedicated member of the Puppeteers of America and the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry.

Davis created over a dozen full-length puppetry productions and received five prestigious UNIMA Citations of Excellence for his work. He was honored with the President's Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Puppeteers of America. Now retired from performing, Davis remains active as a teacher and mentor in the New England puppetry community. He is the subject of the book Puppeteer by Kathryn Lasky and is currently writing his own book about the art and philosophy of glove puppetry.

Andrew and Bonnie Periale, 2013 Paul Vincent Davis Awardees

Andrew and Bonnie Periale, 2013 Paul Vincent Davis Awardees

Past Awardees

2015  – Eric Bass and Inez Zeller Bass
Sandglass Theater

2014 – John Bell and Trudi Cohen
Great Small Works
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

2013 – Andrew and Bonnie Periale
Perry Alley Theatre
Puppetry International Magazine

2012 – David Syrotiak Sr.
National Marionette Theatre


Creative Leadership Award

Puppet Showplace annually identifies a person in the community who has shown creative vision in the arts and who embodies the spirit of Puppet Showplace Theater in inspiring creativity in audiences of all ages.

Awardees are selected by the Board of Trustees and are invited to attend Puppet Showplace’s annual gala celebration.

Peter H. Reynolds presenting the 2013 Creative Leadership Award to Norah Dooley, Massmouth, Inc.

Peter H. Reynolds presenting the 2013 Creative Leadership Award to Norah Dooley, Massmouth, Inc.

Past Awardees

2015 – Sarah Lamstein
Author and Puppeteer

2014 – Susan Linn
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

2013 – Norah Dooley
Massmouth, Inc.

2012 – Peter H. Reynolds
Fablevision