The Mary Churchill Memorial Fund


Created in honor of the theater's founder, the Mary Churchill Memorial Fund allows Puppet Showplace to welcome low-income and under-served student populations on field trips.

The fund provides free or deeply subsidized field trip tickets, which allow increased access to puppetry and live performing arts for children, regardless of their background or socio-economic status. Each year the fund serves over 1,000 students from low-income schools, camps, and youth programs across greater Boston.  On average, we serve 30 - 35 organizations from Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain. For many of the children, this is their first experience with live theater. 

The annual cost of maintaining this program is approximately $10,000. We rely on generous contributions from foundations, businesses, and  individual donors like you to make this outreach possible.

  • Subsidize a single ticket: $9.00

  • Support a classroom: $275

  • Sponsor a grade level: $500 - $800

Thank you for honoring Mary Churchill's legacy with your support! 

About Mary Churchill, Founder

Puppet Showplace Theater was founded in June 1974 by Mary Churchill.

Mary saw puppetry as a powerful medium for teaching children, stimulating their creativity, and introducing them to the experience of live theatre. Until her untimely death in 1997, Mary was a regular performer, tireless administrator, and generous benefactor of Puppet Showplace.

Her legacy is honored by the continued vitality of Puppet Showplace Theater, and by this fund for under-served schools and camp groups established in her name.

Thanks to all who support both our artistic efforts and community outreach campaigns. Sharing the magic of puppetry is made possible by your individual support!

To request funding please visit our field trips page to fill out an application.