Incubator: New Works by Local Artists

Puppet Showplace supports the development of 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

NEW PRODUCTION January 2018:


The Bremen Town Musicians

By CactusHead Puppets

January 13-28


What can a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster do when they have to leave their farm? Become world famous musicians, of course! CactusHead Puppets brings to life the hilarious tale of four farm animals who set out on the road to Bremen to pursue their dreams of stardom. Along the way, they encounter a fortune, foil some robbers, and learn how to work together in harmony. This production features loveable rod puppets, elaborate shadow scenes, and CactusHead puppets' signature sense of humor.

NEW PRODUCTION February 2018:

The Fairy Tailor

by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

February 3-19


Magical beings are known for their great sense of fashion. But who stitches together all of their stories? Meet the Fairy Tailor, hard at work in her enchanted shop, where dressing racks and laundry baskets are known to have a mind of their own. Watch as she transforms everyday garments into extraordinary characters, and shares stories of bravery, from “Little Red Riding Hood(ie),” to “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” With the audience’s help, the Fairy Tailor summons the courage to take a stand against a giant, crafting a solution that combines cleverness with creativity. This colorful, interactive production is guaranteed to inspire audiences of all ages.

This production was developed with support from the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust.

Past Incubator Productions:

  • I Spy Butterfly by Faye Dupras and Max Weigert (2017)

  • Word Play by Honey Goodenough, Good Hearted Entertainment (2016)

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

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

  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin by CactusHead Puppets (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.