Puppetry Partnerships: Empowering Each Other!

Artistic Director Roxie Myhrum with the cast of El Gato con Botas.

Dear Puppet Showplace Family,

As a puppeteer with a political science background, I have been thinking a lot this year about art and civic responsibility. 

How can we create experiences that are relevant and impactful to our community? How do we respond to matters of social concern? How do we overcome barriers to reach audiences whose lives will benefit from our work?

One thing is certain: we can't do it alone.

Over the past year, Puppet Showplace has partnered with organizations throughout Greater Boston. These collaborations have allowed us to envision new creative projects while expanding our capacity to make a difference.

I am proud to share these five inspiring stories of what we have achieved together!


The cast of El Gato

Puppetry in Spanish-Speaking Communities

Puppet Showplace partnered with OperaHub and the Boston Conservatory to create a Spanish-language touring production of the children's opera El Gato con Botas. Tickets to this show were FREE thanks to generous individual donors and a consortium of funders including the Boston Cultural Council, NEFA's Creative City grant, and the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust. Together, we reached bilingual audiences all over Boston and forged new connections with community partner venues such as Villa Victoria and the Hyde Square Task Force.

Kimi Maeda

Puppets at Night and the
Fight for Racial Justice

Puppets at Night joined forces with the Japanese American Citizen's League (JACL) and the White People Challenging Racism course (WPCR) to bring two outstanding political productions to Brookline and Boston. Kimi Maeda's BEND, inspired by her father's experiences in a Japanese-American internment camp,  played to sold-out crowds on Station Street. Paul Zaloom's outrageous satire White Like Me brought in our largest Puppets at Night crowd yet to MassArt's Tower Auditorium. With our partners' help, audiences engaged in reflective conversation about these important political issues after each show.

Cardboard Classroom

Cardboard Classroom Initiatives

When Brad Shur's highly-interactive show Cardboard Explosion! was first in development, we offered free mini-performances to Horizons for Homeless Children and to underserved schools and camps around Boston. These partners provided essential feedback about the production. After this "research and development" phase was complete, Boston University's Questrom School of Business tapped Puppet Showplace to collaborate on a graduate-level class about impression management and professional identity. Building on design templates developed for the show, Brad worked with students to create cardboard portrait puppets. He then guided them through improvisations exploring the impact of identity on workplace decision making.

Midnight Zoo

Imagination and Conservation

The Franklin Park Zoo came to Puppet Showplace with a challenge: could our puppeteers transform an unused outdoor space into a Halloween attraction that would celebrate conservation and imagination? After six months of intense work, the result was The Midnight Zoo, a 360-degree immersive production that took audiences on a quest to protect imaginary creatures from extinction. This production was attended by over 4,000 people and involved the talents of 27 performers, 15 designers, and countless other friends and supporters who helped our wildest dreams come true.

ArtsEducation

Expanding Arts Education

Our education programs have grown by leaps and bounds overthe past five years all thanks to numerous partnerships. Our summer camp, presented in collaboration with Brookline Recreation, now sees full enrollment every August. Last year, with help from Brookline Adult and Community Education, we launched puppetry enrichment programs during school vacation weeks. Finally, the Massachusetts Cultural Council's STARS grant will once again enable us to present a 12-week puppetry residency with the Trotter Innovation Schoo;'s kindergarten classes (enjoy their wonderful shadow puppet video project from 2016).


As we celebrate these successes, I want to thank YOU for being OUR partner as we continue our mission to bring outstanding professional puppetry to diverse audiences. Your support, encouragement, and dedication makes these ambitious collaborations possible.

Here's to more exciting partnerships in 2017!

With hope and boundless enthusiasm about the future,

Roxanna "Roxie" Myhrum
Puppet Showplace Artistic Director

Fantastic Friendships!

We have an interactive new family series opening November 3 - "Fantastic Friendships."
Characters big and small team up to learn, play - and save the day!

In these shows, characters support one another to succeed and have fun doing so. Each production highlights a different type of friendship because no two are alike! 

Meet the Artists: CactusHead Puppets

The town of Hamelin has a rat problem, and there's only one person who can help! CactusHead Puppets brings the story of the Pied Piper to life in this kid-friendly comedic adaptation of the traditional folktale. The kids of Hamelin make a new friend and teach the grownups a lesson about generosity.  

The Pied Piper                        

Thurs & Fri, November 3 - 4: 10:30AM
Sat & Sun, November 5 - 6: 1pm & 3pm

About the Show:

"The Pied Piper of Hamelin" by CactusHead Puppets- November 10-13, 2016

"The Pied Piper of Hamelin" by CactusHead Puppets- November 10-13, 2016

About the Artists:

 
 

CactusHead Puppets are know for their playful performance style and exuberant creativity. The West Springfield-based company was founded in 2010 by husband and wife team John & Megan Regan. Since then they have created numerous shows based on favorite, familiar folktales and have toured throughout western New England. John and Megan are both graduates of the University of Connecticut's Puppet Arts program. Megan collects pop-up books and John has a love for giant monster movies. They were both Puppet Showplace Theater interns and are excited to return to Boston to share their work as professional puppeteers!

Meet the Artists: Crabgrass Puppet Theater

Can a tortoise win a tug of war with a mighty elephant? Can a tiny mouse help an enormous lion? Find out as Crabgrass Puppet Theatre travels the globe to tell stories that demonstrate even the small and weak can have a big impact on others. VIEW CALENDAR HERE

The Lion and the Mouse

Thurs & Fri, November 3 - 4: 10:30AM
Sat & Sun, November 5 - 6: 1pm & 3pm

About the Show:

About the Artists:

Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall formed Crabgrass Puppet Theatre in San Francisco in 1982 and have delighted audiences across the nation with their whimsical humor and puppetry ever since. Their performing venues have included the Detroit Institute of Art, the Smithsonian, Paper Mill Playhouse, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They have been awarded two Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA, the highest puppetry award in the United States, and in 2009, Bonny Hall was awarded a Design Commendation from the Arlyn Award Foundation. Since 2001, Jamie and Bonny have been living in Halifax, Vermont, a tiny town in the hills near Brattleboro, where they continue to create their award-winning productions.

Take Action! WHITE LIKE ME and Racial Justice Organizations

Paul Zaloom with Bread and Puppet Theater. 

Paul Zaloom with Bread and Puppet Theater. 

Thanks to the hundreds of grown-up puppet fans who came out to see Paul Zaloom's outrageous political comedy WHITE LIKE ME: A HONKY DORY PUPPET SHOW. 

Want to continue the conversation?

Our community partners from the White People Challenging Racism Course and Community Change, Inc. shared with us this list of almost 90 racial justice organizations from across Greater Boston who are doing great work in our community. WOW!

TAKE ACTION! Sign up for a class, get involved, make a donation, and do your part to support racial justice in our community. 

See you after the Presidential election for our next Puppets at Night show, AN EXISTENTIAL SING-ALONG! 

RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS

BOSTON EDUCATION JUSTICE ALLIANCE. The founding local chapter of the Mass Education Justice Alliance, BEJA is a coalition of students, educators, parents, school staff, and concerned community members committed to building a stronger and better public school system that is driven by community voices.

http://www.bostonedjustice.org/

BOSTON STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL. BSAC advocates for and protects the voices of students in BPS by empowering the student body to express their opinions regarding education reform and ensuring that students are included in decision and policy making that impacts their lives and educational experiences.

http://www.youthonboard.org/bsac

BOSTON TEACHER ACTION GROUP. TAG is a coalition of educators from greater Boston who believe education is essential to human liberation. They are committed to working alongside youth and other members of the community to dismantle oppressive practices in schools and society. TAG is part of a national coalition of grassroots teacher organizing groups. They engage in shared political education and relationship building in order to work for educational justice both nationally and in local communities.

www.tagboston.org

 

 

CITIZENS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS promote, preserve and protect public schools and public education.

http://www.citizensforpublicschoolsorg/the-fight-for-boston-public-schools/

COMMUNITY CHANGE, INC. Since 1968, Community Change Inc. has served as a community for white people and their multiracial allies to come together to learn about systemic racism and to fight against it. Now Black-led under the leadership of Shay Stewart-Bouley, CCI is shifting into the role of a legacy organization supporting the work of emerging white anti-racist activists as well as established groups organizing within the greater Boston area. 

http://www.communitychangeinc.org/

White Privilege Conference. WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. It is designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color. WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc. — the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege.

http://www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/wpc.html

 

 

PAPER CITY is a documentary and education program provided for free to help youth, educators, and advocates counteract the school-to-prison pipeline by combining City Year's graduation pipeline model with the Help Increase the Peace Project model for peace education.

http://www.papercitymovie.com/

POSSE FOUNDATION. Rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a Posse—carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for increased individual and community development in our increasingly multicultural society.

https//www.possefoundation.org/

BOSTON MAYOR’S YOUTH COUNCIL. The Mayor's Youth Council provides Boston's young people with an active role in addressing youth issues. High school juniors and seniors are selected to serve as volunteer representatives of every neighborhood in the city. The young advocates reach out to Boston teens, inform them of existing opportunities, and listen to suggestions on what the city can do to improve its youth oriented efforts.

http://www.cityofboston.gov/youthcouncil/about.asp

 

 

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF BOSTON works to ensure all young people in our community have the opportunity to realize their full potential. Members develop critical thinking, physical, social, technological, artistic, and life skills by participating in interactive activities intentionally designed to support their development and overall well-being. Volunteers may support youth with homework, assist in program areas with the daily activity, coach, or help with administrative tasks, to list just a few areas where volunteers can get involved.

http://www.bgcb.org/

THE CENTER FOR TEEN EMPOWERMENT is a youth organizing and social change program that has sites in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Somerville, MA, and in Rochester, NY. At each site, Teen Empowerment hires a group of youth, ages 14-21, and trains them as community organizers, providing them with the support, resources, and ongoing training they need to organize initiatives that involve both youth and adults in addressing community issues.  

http://teenempowerment.org/

DIAMOND EDUCATORS MENTORING INC. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving student performance of those youth in low-income neighborhoods and families. DEMI believes that all youth/students must be given opportunities and encouragement to succeed in life.

http://www.diamondeducators.org/

 

 

ENROOT empowers immigrant youth in Cambridge to achieve academic, career, and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences.

http://www.enrooteducation.org/about-u/

HYDE SQUARE TASK FORCE. Based in Jamaica Plain, HSTF develops the skills of youth and their families so they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant urban community. Uses theater and the arts for community engagement and hosts a “Paths to College and Careers Program.”

http://www.hydesquare.org/

MASSACHUSETTS ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN is dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities. MAC works to overcome these barriers by changing conditions for many children, while also helping one child at a time.

http://massadvocates.org/

MASS MENTORING PARTNERSHIP. Based in Boston, MMP is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 250 mentoring and youth development programs statewide supporting more than 33,000 youth in mentoring relationships.

http://massmentors.org/

 

 

NOTRE DAME EDUCATION CENTER in South Boston, founded in 1992 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, is a comprehensive adult education center, providing a diverse, caring community in which students are empowered to develop their full potential as scholars, workers and citizens.

http://www.ndecboston.org/

ROCA. Founded in 1988, Roca is an outcomes-driven organization dedicated to transforming the lives of the most high-risk young people ages 17-24 (street, court, and gang-involved; drop-outs; young parents). Roca combines relentless outreach with data-driven evaluation to produce consistent, positive outcomes for young people in the Greater Boston area, including the communities of Chelsea, Revere, Everett, Boston, and East Boston, as well as Springfield.

http://rocainc.org/

SOCIEDAD LATINA is a citywide organization that focuses on supporting the unmet needs of youth and families from Boston’s Latino and Mission Hill/Roxbury communities. Since 1968, Sociedad Latina has worked in partnership with youth and families to create the next generation of Latino leaders who are confident, competent, self-sustaining and proud of their cultural heritage.

http://www.sociedadlatina.org/

 

 

UTEC's mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of Lowell's most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC is the result of an organizing movement driven by young people to develop their own teen center in response to gang violence. UTEC serves young people from both Lowell and Lawrence, MA.

https://www.utec-lowell.org/

The YMCA provides pre-school & after-school opportunities for children of all means, as well as teen leadership programs and a place that cares for all. There are local Ys throughout the Boston area, the nation, and the world.

http://www.ymca.net/our-focus/

STRATEGIES FOR YOUTH is a policy and training organization dedicated to improving police/youth interactions through community engagement, police training, outreach programs for youth, and proactive use of multi-disciplinary approaches to problem solve and build relationships between police and youth.

http://strategiesforyouth.org/

The YOUNG PEOPLE’S PROJECT uses Math Literacy Work to develop the abilities of elementary through high school students to succeed in school and in life.

http://www.typp.org/

 

 

The YOUTH ADVOCACY FOUNDATION works to vigorously defend the rights and promote the well-being of court-involved children to help them grow into healthy and productive members of our society.

http://youthadvocacyfoundation.org/

The mission of YOUTHBUILD BOSTON is to empower and assist underserved young people from the Boston area with the essential social, vocational, academic, and life skills necessary to navigate a positive pathway to self-sufficiency and neighborhood responsibility.  YouthBuild uses entrepreneurship and experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college and career success. 

http://youthbuildboston.org/aboutus/

YOUTH ON BOARD. Since 1994, Youth on Board (YOB) has been a leader in the field of youth organizing in the Boston area and beyond. YOB is a youth-led, adult supported organization where young people of color have the space and tools to recognize and utilize the power they hold to dismantle political and economic structures that reinforce inequity. We believe in the power of students to transform their communities by recognizing that when young people are fully engaged—when their voices are heard, their opinions matter, and their unique perspective is respected—they commit themselves to making their schools, their communities, and their own lives better.

http://www.youthonboard.org/

CITIZENS FOR JUVENILE JUSTICE is the only independent, non-profit, statewide organization working exclusively to improve the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. CfJJ advocates, convenes, conducts research, and educates the public on important juvenile justice issues.

www.cfjj.org

CONCORD PRISON OUTREACH is a non-profit organization committed to helping people in prison through educational programming. We work cooperatively with the Massachusetts Department of Correction to implement effective programs that teach valuable skills. We recruit, train, and support volunteers and are specifically seeking tutors to help people in prison obtain their high school equivalency diploma.

http://www.concordprisonoutreach.org/about-cpo/

CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY COALITION is a member-based, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of effective, just, and humane criminal justice policy in Massachusetts.

http://www.cjpc.org/

The EDLAW PROJECT is dedicated to ensuring that Massachusetts’ highest risk children receive a quality education and avoid the school-to-prison pipeline.

https://www.publiccounsel.net/edlaw/

 

 

FAMILIES AGAINST MANDATORY MINIMUMS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting for smart sentencing laws that protect public safety. It seeks a country where criminal sentencing is individualized, humane, and sufficient to impose fair punishment and protect public safety.

http://famm.org/

The mission of MOTHERS FOR JUSTICE AND EQUALITY is to end neighborhood violence. By empowering our members to be effective change-makers, we reclaim the identity of our communities and restore a sense of hope and purpose for our children. 

http://www.mothersforjusticeandequality.org/

BLACK LIVES MATTER – CAMBRIDGE is part of the movement to end structural racism both locally, nationally and internationally.

https://www.facebook.com/blacklivesmattercambridge/?fref=ts

BLACK LIVES MATTER – BOSTON remains committed to being active in the movement against racist policing and police violence both locally and nationally.

https://www.facebook.com/BlackLivesMatterBOS/

 

 

CITY LIFE / VIDA URBANA is a 40-year-old bilingual, community organization whose mission is to fight for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power through direct action, coalition building, education and advocacy. Currently working against evictions, CL/VU views the current displacement crisis as an issue of racial equity, as well as economic and housing justice.

http://www.clvu.org/

HALEY HOUSE uses food and the power of community to break down barriers between people, transfer new skills, and revitalize neighborhoods. It believes in radical solutions: solving problems at their root by challenging attitudes that perpetuate suffering and by building alternative models.

http://haleyhouse.org/

MASSACHUSETTS IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE ADVOCACY COALITION is the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees. MIRA serves the Commonwealth's one million foreign-born residents with policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, strategic communications, citizenship assistance.

https://www.miracoalition.org/

 

 

The non-profit, non-partisan PRISON POLICY INITIATIVE produces cutting edge research to expose the broader harm of mass criminalization, and then sparks advocacy campaigns to create a more just society.

http://www.prisonpolicy.org/

SURJ BOSTON is a local chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice, a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizations.

http://www.surjboston.org/

Knapsack Anti-Racism MeetUp is a multiracial group committed to challenging the system of racism in the United States and the world. We engage in dialogue, build community, and support the efforts of racial justice leaders and organizations. We are dedicated to the struggle for shared liberation. Knapsack is a program of Community Change Inc.

www.meetup.com/Antiracists

 

 

White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action (WPCR) brings people together to examine white privilege and racism in order to galvanize them to anti-racist action. Our mission is to provide people with tools and resources to challenge and change attitudes and actions that perpetuate racism. While our focus is on white people’s role in dismantling racism, our courses are open to everyone who is committed to achieving racial justice. It is a five-part workshop consists of weekly two-hour meetings over the course of five weeks. Other time configurations are being developed. WPCR is a program of Community Change Inc.  

www.wpcr-boston.org/

Anti-Racism Collaborative (ARC). We are a multi-racial collective of anti-oppression educators and activists committed to the movement for racial justice. Through our courses, workshops, and community building, we cultivate opportunities that provide participants with experiences along an arch of growth. Their journey in our programs will change their world view, opening them to a clear action oriented process for directing their energy to dismantle injustices. ARC offers courses and workshops, including the 5-week courses: Confronting Systemic Racism and Racial Justice Activism

Antiracismcollaborative.org

 

 

Black & Pink (B&P) is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing. Black & Pink is a national organization with a Boston chapter. B&P Boston welcomes new volunteers to get involved and/or assist with mail processing at multiple times and locations each week.

www.blackandpink.org

Wholeness Beyond Whiteness seeks to create a space for White people in racial justice work to deepen their sense of rootedness in the work. Our goal is to help enable White people to get past the fears of risk that hold us back from full commitment to racial justice by focusing on how shame functions as a tool of White supremacy and thus how shame resilience is necessary for White racial justice organizers, as well as the ways that perception fundamentally shapes the way we come into racial justice organizing spaces. If you’re interested in receiving emails about opportunities to participate in a workshop and community of practice

fill out this form: http://bit.ly/29vYOy9

 

 

Boston Mobilization. Our work continues to be developing the next generation of social justice leaders, through our powerful trainings, our community organizing campaign work, our mentorship of young leaders and our transformational youth programs. We support teen leadership for action, organizing and social justice education in and out of schools in greater Boston.  If you’re a young person interested in racial justice, there are great ways to get involved.

http://bostonmobilization.org/suburban-justice-program/

Camberville Accomplices. If you live in Cambridge/Somerville and are interested in signing up for an emerging community of predominantly White folks fighting to end White supremacy in our cities, please sign up here and more information will be forthcoming in the near future. You can sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOHfQHohrGfo7lA6FluNnTBmcbA6UsvTaT-hFoUbjVEdbj9A/viewform?c=0&w=1

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

http://www.naacp.org/

826 Boston. We support the writing and literacy needs of students in Roxbury's Egleston Square and beyond

www.826boston.org

Resist. Resist is a foundation that supports people's movements for justice and liberation. We redistribute resources back to frontline communities at the forefront of change while amplifying their stories of building a better world.

www.resist.org

act-ma is a progressive, Massachusetts moderated e-mail list for activists to announce area events & resources, as well as issue action alerts, job announcements & periodic updates.

http://act-ma.org/

Alternatives for Community & Environment. ACE builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice. 

http://www.ace-ej.org/

 

 

The Boston Racial Justice and Equity Initiative is a group of organizations, professionals, and community members that are committed to building a healthy community by increasing racial equity in employment, education, housing, and health care, among other opportunities, and by working for racial justice.

http://www.futureboston.com/about/our-pov/you-all-should-know-about-boston-racial-justice-and-equity-initiative

Belmont Against Racism (BAR) is a community-action, all-volunteer organization addressing issues of racism and prejudice by following the slogan, think globally, act locally. We focus on fostering awareness and educating the community about exclusionary practices, creating a welcoming community for all, and increasing diversity throughout the town. While BAR, in its first decade, mostly focused on addressing racism, we have broadened our mission to include all problems of prejudice that impact our town and local community.

http://www.belmontagainstracism.org/

The Boston Racial Justice and Equity Initiative is a group of organizations, professionals, and community members that are committed to building a healthy community by increasing racial equity in employment, education, housing, and health care, among other opportunities, and by working for racial justice.

https://www.facebook.com/bostonracialjustice

 

 

Haymarket People’s Fund is an anti-racist and multi-cultural foundation that is committed to strengthening the movement for social justice in New England. Through grantmaking, fundraising and capacity building, we support grassroots organizations that address the root causes of injustice. Haymarket also organizes to increase sustainable community philanthropy throughout our region.  

http://www.haymarket.org/

Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) is one of few non-profit organizations in Boston dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic and Latin@ LGBTQ community. Founded in 2009, we work to inspire and empower Latin@, Hispanic and Black LGBTQ individuals to improve their livelihood through activism, education, community outreach, and counseling.

http://www.hbgc-boston.org/

Jobs Not Jail is a statewide coalition to redirect costly prison spending towards jobs, training and support for Massachusetts' lowest income communities. Our three goals are to reform criminal justice in Massachusetts, Stop All New Prison Construction, Re-Direct $2 Billion to Create Job Opportunities.

http://jobsnotjails.org/

 

 

Media Literacy Now is a national grassroots organization seeking state-by-state education policy change to ensure that all children learn comprehensive media literacy and digital citizenship skills.  MLN is working with advocates in 17 states to elevate media literacy education as a legislative priority. Media Literacy Now provides policy and advocacy information, expertise, and resources to develop state laws to implement media literacy education in schools.

http://medialiteracynow.org

The Mission Institute provides individuals, congregations and communities with innovative learning opportunities that nurture leaders, advance spiritual growth, and support the flourishing of just, healthy societies. Acknowledging the strengths of diversity and collaboration, the Mission Institute strives to be a platform through which people can access a rich array of resources that fuel transformational ministry. The Mission Institute was founded in 2013 through a collaboration between the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, the Episcopal Divinity School, and Episcopal City Mission.

http://themissioninstitute.org

Rootstrong is an organization focused on excellence in multicultural leadership education and development. Our mission is to provide resources, experiences, and development opportunities to promote equity, social justice and excellence through leadership. Having derived great strength, guidance and inspiration from one’s family, community, and/or personal history.

http://www.rootstrong.org/

 

 

One Thousand Arms hosts retreats and workshops, and provides consulting services, on how white people can use meditation as a tool in our work to dismantle racism.  

http://onethousandarms.net

Youth Equity Stewardship (YES!) is an arts-based, experiential and inter-generational process of transformational stewardship of our school communities.

https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/youth-equity-stewardship-yes

Welcome 2 Reality, LLC, a Connecticut-based company founded by social workers, provides services to children and families that incorporating their knowledge of human behavior and the need for attachment to help young people achieve a healthy balance between fantasy and reality. 

http://www.welcome2reality.us/

Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED). The National SEED ProjectSM is a peer-led professional development program that creates conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity. nationalseedproject.org/

 

 

Union of Minority Neighborhoods (UMN). UMN’s mission is to ensure that trained, committed grassroots leaders of color effectively organize on issues of concern in their communities, their regions, and the nation. UMN’s vision is to create a unifying force to address the threats to our civil liberties and to end discriminatory policies and practices that limit our access to political, economic and social power.

http://unionofminorityneighborhoods.org/

YouthWorks is a state-funded youth employment program that helps teens and young adults get the skills and experience needed to find and keep jobs. Participants take part in paid short-term work placements during the summer and/or school year at public, private and nonprofit worksites.

http://commcorp.org/programs/youthworks/

The Essex County Community Organization (ECCO) is a congregation based community organization on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Since 1981, ECCO’s organizing has brought about significant improvements for our communities in job training, health care, youth development, housing, and safety.

http://www.mcan-pico.org/affiliates/ecco/

Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) is a network of faith-based community organizations in MA working for economic and racial justice. We are inspired by our faith traditions’ deep and enduring call to justice.

http://www.mcan-pico.org/

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.

http://unitedwedream.org/

Not In Our Town is a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all. Not In Our Town films, new media, and organizing tools help local leaders build vibrant, diverse cities and towns, where everyone can participate.

https://www.niot.org/

No Place for Hate® is an initiative of the Anti-Defamation League offered free to schools. The initiative is designed to rally the entire school around the goal of creating a welcoming community committed to stopping all forms of bias and bullying. No Place For Hate® provides a unique framework to incorporate new and existing programs with one consistent message. No Place For Hate® can help your school foster a culture of respect and create a safe, bully-free learning environment for students at all grade levels.

http://www.adl.org/npfh/

 

 

World of Wellesley is dedicated to making Wellesley, Massachusetts a welcoming community where diversity is celebrated. In partnership with many local institutions and organizations, we organize events, projects, and programs that emphasize the value in exploring our many cultures, religions, and ways of life.

http://www.worldofwellesley.org

Winchester Multicultural Network. Our mission is to promote the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity, advocate for each and every person’s civil rights and confront intolerance.

http://www.wmcn.org/

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. Our workshops utilize a systemic approach that emphasizes learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized racial oppression and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism for perpetuating racism.

http://www.pisab.org/

 

 

VISIONS: Vigorous InterventionS Into Ongoing Natural Settings. Our vision is to be a catalyst for a more equitable world where differences are valued and used for the benefit of all.

http://visions-inc.org/

Hard Conversations: An Introduction to Racism. This is a month-long online seminar program hosted by authors, speakers, and social justice activists Patti Digh and Victor Lee Lewis, who was featured in the documentary film, The Color of Fear, with help from a community of people who want and are willing to help us understand the reality of racism by telling their stories and sharing their resources.

http://www.37days.com/racism/

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education provides high-quality educational opportunities for the diverse adults of Greater Boston including such courses as White People Challenging Racism and Black & White Women: Reconciling Our Past, Re-Defining Our Future.

https://ccae.org/

CrossRoads: Antiracism Organizing & Training. Our mission is to dismantle systemic racism and build antiracist multicultural diversity within institutions and communities implemented primarily by training institutional transformation teams.

http://crossroadsantiracism.org/

The National Coalition Building Institute is an international non-profit leadership development network dedicated to the elimination of racism and other forms of oppression. Rooted in an understanding of individual, community, and systemic change, NCBI leaders work with public and private organizations to further cultural competence, collaboration and partnerships, and effective relationships within and across group identities.

www.ncbi.org

Anti Defamation League's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute recognizes that attitudes and beliefs affect actions, and that each of us can have an impact on others, and ultimately, on the world in which we live.  

http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/anti-bias-education/c/a-world-of-difference.html

Everyday Democracy: Ideas and Tools for Community Change.  Communities of every size and demographic need routine opportunities for people of many backgrounds to dialogue with each other and with public officials, have a voice in decision making, and work together for stronger communities.  

https://www.everyday-democracy.org/

 

 

Training for Change. Since 1992 Training for Change has been committed to increasing capacity around the world for activist training. When we say activist training, we mean training that helps groups stand up more effectively for justice, peace and the environment. We deliver skills directly that people working for social change can use in their daily work. We call our particular approach the direct education approach.

http://www.trainingforchange.org/

World Trust Educational Services is a non-profit social justice organization that provides deep learning, tools and resources for people interested in tackling unconscious bias and systemic racial inequity in their workplace, community and in their lives. Since 1998, we’ve produced equity and diversity films, curriculum and workshops that deepen the conversation about race.

http://world-trust.org/

The National Race Amity Conference offers participants positive, focused opportunities for intimate discussion circles, interactive panels, and informative sessions on a variety of topics central to the main theme of race amity in the United States. Boston, MA November 17 - 19, 2016.

http://raceamity.org/

 

 

The Kingston Bay Group has experience at all levels of P-12 and Higher Education, and our work has always centered on diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. The Kingston Bay Group is dedicated to providing the coaching, consulting, and search services you need to support your organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

http://thekingstonbaygroup.com/

Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.

Implicit Attitudes Test: http://www.implicit.harvard.edu

Racial Equity Tools is an online library contains 1,600+ resources, including concepts, data, plans, strategies and curricula.

www.racialequitytools.org

Rethinking Schools is a national publisher of educational materials, including a blog, and monthly online and print magazine, that help educators and others understand and address inequities in public education, with an emphasis on urban schools and issues of race.

www.rethinkingschools.org

 

Meet the Artists: Perry Alley Theatre

"Puss in Boots" remains the charming and charismatic hero we all know and love in Perry Alley Theatre's enchanting show, presented Columbus Day weekend, October 8 - 10!  VIEW CALENDAR

"Puss in Boots"

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 @ 1:00PM and 3:00PM, and Monday, October 10 @ 10:30AM and 1:00PM

 

About the Show:

This delightful puppet performance is a warm and witty retelling of the classic tale of a crafty cat and his outrageous adventures. With a little help from a feathered hat and a pair of magical boots, Puss arranges a wealthy conclusion for his poor master. This show is artfully presented with a marvelous mix of Renaissance style and pure fantasy. A "Cat-Rap" introduction adds to the fun. BUY TICKETS HERE

About the Artists:

Andrew and Bonnie Periale founded Perry Alley Theatre in 1986 and moved to their current home and studio in NH in 1988. Together, they’ve produced a dozen major shows and many shorter pieces for touring. Andrew and Bonnie have performed at numerous national and regional puppetry festivals, at the Smithsonian Institution, the Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta), the Jim Henson International Festival of Puppetry and at many other venues across the U.S. as well as in France and Italy. Recognitions include The Paul Vincent Davis Award, the George Latshaw Award, 3 Henson Foundation grants, 2 UNIMA Citations, an Emmy nomination, finalists in the International Festival of Film and Television and, from UNIMA-USA, a Lifetime Achievement award.

Meet the Artists: Pumpernickel Puppets

Would you kiss a frog if you knew he was really a prince? Well, we know a princess who might! With "The Frog Prince," yet another beloved tale is brought to life this weekend at Puppet Showplace. This enchanting and interactive show are sure to capture your heart. VIEW CALENDAR

"The Frog Prince"

Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 @ 1:00PM and 3:00PM

About the Show:

An enchantment has turned handsome young Prince Tad into a hideous beast. The only way to reverse the spell is for someone to fall in love with him in spite of his beastly appearance. Will a kind young woman be able to see past his looks and love him for whom he truly is inside?

All ends happily as the characters learn about being kind and keeping promises. "The Frog Prince" features a colorful cast of puppet characters, live voices and sound effects, and behind-the-scenes puppet demonstrations, with a riveting classical music score! BUY TICKETS HERE

About the Artists:

The Pumpernickel Puppets are the creation of John McDonough of Worcester, Massachusetts. John was four years old when he saw his first puppet show, and he immediately knew that he wanted to be a puppeteer. By his teens, John was presenting shows all over the New England area. The Pumpernickel Puppets have had the honor of appearing at the Puppet Showplace Theatre, the Boston Children’s Museum, the Institute of Professional Puppetry Arts at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the Cultural Olympiad at the Center For Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, and the prestigious International Festival of Puppet Theatre sponsored by the Jim Henson Foundation at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York. For each production, John creates and performs all of his own puppets, which range from small hand puppets to larger-than-life figures.

Hello From an Intern!

A Norwegian Whaler from a informative show Paul performed in

I'm Jason and this summer, I worked as an intern at Puppet Showplace Theater though a program sponsored by my high school. Over the last seven weeks, I have worked on various different projects at Puppet Showplace. Everything from washing windows to marketing and promotions, each project I finished taught me more and more about how the theater operated. 

The most important of these many projects was the very last one I worked on. In an attempt to document Puppet Showplace Theater's rich history, I visited Resident Artist Emeritus Paul Vincent Davis's studio, where puppets have been created for decades. The old studio was largely unused since Paul's retirement, but it was still a treasure trove of originality and puppet history.                                                                                                      

The  goal of this project was to document these puppets through photography, preserve them, and ask their creator about his work. The first step of this endeavor was to move the ancient puppets out of the studio and into Puppet Showplace. Many of the puppets were decades old with layers of dust on them. Fortunately, Paul's studio was directly above the theater, and I was able to discreetly extract the puppets in laundry baskets through the building's backdoor. 

Inside the theater, a small puppet stage had been set. A small lamp placed on top of a milk carton, a phone camera, and a table draped with a black velvet curtain created the setting for most of the photos I would be taking. The documentation process was the last time many of these puppets would ever see the spotlight. Using the phone camera and the lamp, I was able to capture these puppets in their former glory. In total, I captured about 35 fully finished puppets, and forty unfinished ones. We safely tucked each puppet away in the basement in bins. Each bin became a miniature time capsule into the life of Paul Vincent Davis. Each photo was uploaded into a folder on flickr, which would serve as a reference for future exhibits. 

The final step in this project was to invite Paul Davis downstairs for an interview. Together, we went over pictures of each puppet. Paul combed through five decades of puppeteering to tell me the details of each puppet. We went through each individual performance Paul performed; from commercials to variety performances to shows at the theater, Paul's puppets have entertained thousands across decades.

Check out parts of the puppet album here: 

 

 

The most impressive aspect of this project was each puppet's originality. Although each puppet was made of similar materials, such as fabric and paper mache, each puppet was imbued with its own personality and special characteristics.  There were puppets of dogs, clowns, witches, ordinary townspeople and everything in between. 

The common ground between all of my projects this summer is the continued improvement  of this theater, which has been open for 42 years. With the help of the staff and my fellow interns, I hoped that my efforts this summer has helped Puppet Showplace Theater in a small way.

Meet the Artists: Dream Tale Puppets

"Jack and the Beanstalk"

Beans, beans, magical beans! Watch as Jack ascends the bean stalk and meets a host of fun and friendly characters on his journey. Using numerous styles of puppetry, Dream Tale Puppets puts a fresh twist on this classic tale that you won't want to miss. VIEW CALENDAR

Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18 @ 1:00PM and 3:00PM

About the Show:

When Jack sells the family cow for three magic beans, he launches his family on a rags-to-riches adventure! This joyous and imaginative production transports audiences up the beanstalk and into the land of giants using every style of puppet character, from masks to marionettes. Lively narration, beautiful design, and hilarious physical comedy make this a memorable show for audiences of all ages. BUY TICKETS HERE

About the Artists:

Dream Tale Puppets offers quality original puppetry performances for children and families, and theatrical and educational programs for all ages. The theater is dedicated to the study of both traditional and innovative styles of puppetry, and the richness of theatrical and literary cultures of the world.

Jacek Zuzanski, Dream Tale Puppets’ founder, grew up in Poland and studied theater and puppetry in Wroclaw before coming to the US in 2001. Since then, he has worked as a theatre teacher for Island Theater Workshop on Martha’s Vineyard, and cooperated with numerous schools, art organizations, and libraries, including the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Cape Cod Conservatory, Falmouth Academy, and Polish Theater Institute.

Margaret Moody - puppeteer and voice actress, loves old stories and the characters that inhabit them. She studied traditional Taiwanese puppetry with the I Wan Jan Troupe in Taiwan, and often uses its lively choreography and small puppets in presentations of Chinese and European folktales. Working with the actors and large puppets of Dream Tales Puppets is an exciting new direction for Margaret!

A Note from the Director: 

Dream Tale Puppets is a growing ensemble of artists and theatre and puppetry enthusiasts. We offer our shows to children and families and we develop projects to share our explorations with new participants. We define who we are every time we work together and every time we meet our audiences or project participants. We believe in the value of asking questions, as children do, and in inquisitive creativity found in children’s play. By emulating the creative improvisations of children’s play, we learn traditional theatrical languages and we create new languages. We cross boundaries between styles, cultures, mediums, and poetics; we venture beyond the boundaries of what we know. We enjoy doubt and a lack of words to express wonderment of what we see and feel. We share the adventure of wandering through lands of enchantment and mystery, humor and whimsy, joy and amazement. We follow fairy tales and children’s rhymes toward the beginning of every question, and we question characters we meet. We discover ourselves anew everyday and we have a lot of fun, which we joyfully share with our audiences.

Meet the Artists: Sparky's Puppets

"The Kingdom of Riddles"

Help a knight capture a unicorn by solving riddles in this fun and very interactive show. Along the way, we'll meet a King and a Jester, a Witch and a Dragon! In this magical kingdom, there will be animal riddles, food riddles, and more! Known for her charming hand puppets, this week Sparky brings us a fun and interactive set of stories sure to capture the minds and hearts of the whole family. Don't miss out! VIEW CALENDAR

Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 @ 1:00PM and 3:00PM

About the Show:

This performance also includes a special version of “The Princess and the Pea,” featuring a book-loving princess, a silly storekeeper, and a mischievous mouse. BUY TICKETS HERE

About the Artists:

Kathleen “Sparky” Davis began dramatizing stories with hand puppets while working as a children's librarian. Since 1980, Sparky's Puppets have delighted children and family audiences at schools, libraries and festivals throughout New England. Every summer, Sparky creates a special show for the Rhode Island statewide public libraries' summer reading program.

Sparky loves to see children's reactions to their favorite stories brought to life with endearing puppet characters. She is known for her quick wit and hilarious sense of humor. A preschool child at a recent show was heard to say, "It was so funny I burst out laughing!"

Meet the Artists: Tanglewood Marionettes

This charming production, staged in the pages of a giant painted storybook, transports audiences to a magical realm. When a wicked witch curses the baby princess, Aurora, the entire kingdom falls into a deep sleep. Tanglewood Marionettes make this classic story come to life like never before. Join us in coming to see this wonderful rendition of a beloved fairy tale.  VIEW CALENDAR

"Sleeping Beauty"

Sat and Sun, Sept. 3 - 4 @ 1:00PM and 3:00PM and Monday, Sept. 5 @ 10:30AM and 1:00PM

About the Show:

This charming production, staged in the pages of a giant painted storybook, transports audiences to a magical realm. When a wicked witch curses the baby princess Aurora, the entire kingdom falls into a deep sleep. Will a prince with a true heart arrive in time to break the spell? Find out in Tanglewood Marionettes' masterful adaptation of this beloved Fairy Tale classic! BUY TICKETS HERE!

About the Artists:

Founded in 1993 by Peter and Anne Schaefer, Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette company whose unique productions have been seen by hundreds of thousands of children and families across the country. With seven shows currently in their repertoire, the company performs year-round at venues ranging from school assemblies to renowned cultural institutions.

Performer Peter Schaefer was born into a Boston-area family of puppeteers and has visited Puppet Showplace since he was a child. After apprenticing with the Bennington Puppets, Peter launched his own company, “Mountain Marionettes,” before joining with Anne Schaefer and fellow Bennington puppeteer Stephen Hancock to form Tanglewood Marionettes.

The company has received two UNIMA awards, puppetry's highest honor, for their productions An Arabian Adventure and The Dragon King. Tanglewood Marionettes believes above all that a performance is a communal experience, with connections established not only with the performers, but also between members of the audience themselves as they laugh together, gasp together, and cheer together when the good guys prevail!

 

Make Your Own Turtle Marionette Puppet!

DIY PUPPET CRAFTS

Learn how to make this fun and simple marionette puppet, inspired by our newest show, Galapagos George! The show follows George, the last living giant Galapagos tortoise, and his life on the beautiful islands he calls home. Who will your turtle be?

ON STAGE NOW:

Galapagos George by Barefoot Puppets

Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28    @ 10:30AM and 1:00PM

What You'll Need:

Brown and white paint (or light brown)

Paintbrushes and mixing surface

Green cardstock

Pencil

Scissors

Hole punch

Brass fasteners

Paper plate

Googly eyes

Popsicle sticks

Craft/tacky glue (not pictured)

Tape

String

Pushpin

Instructions:

1. Paint the entire underside of a paper plate light brown. This will be the shell.

2. Then, paint dark brown patches to make it look more like a turtle's shell.

3. Outline one foot on green card-stock and cut it out. Trace three more feet, and a head. Also trace a tail if you wish.

4. After you've cut out the feet, head, and tail, punch a hole at the base of each. Then punch holes in the corresponding sections of the shell where you want these to attach.

5. Using brass fasteners, attach the feet, head, and tail to the shell of your turtle. Stick googly eyes on the turtle's head so they can see! You can stop here, but if you want to make your turtle come to life as a marionette, keep reading!

6. Put craft/tacky glue on either end of a popsicle stick. Attach two more popsicle sticks to this one, making a capital I shape. This will be your marionette control.

7. Using a pushpin or other sharp object, carefully poke a hole in each of the turtle's four feet (have an adult do this!). Cut four pieces of thread to equal length. Thread a piece of string through the hole, make a knot on the underside to keep the thread from slipping back through the hole, and tape the thread down to make it secure.

8. Tape the other ends of the string to the ends of the marionette control.

9. Now you can make your turtle, walk, fly, swim, and maybe even dance! What adventures will you go on together?

Meet the Artists: Barefoot Artists Puppet Theater

VIEW CALENDAR HERE

"Galapagos George"

Sat, Aug 27 & Sun, Aug 28 @ 1:00 & 3:00PM 

About the Show:

Meet George, a giant Galapagos tortoise, as he grows up in a world filled with sea turtles, lizards, hungry goats, and dancing blue-footed birdies. This puppet production, called an "uplifting eco-fable" by the Smithsonian Museum, is inspired by the true story of the last remaining Galapagos tortoise and the islands he calls home. Audiences of all ages will be touches by this story that teachers what it truly means to be "one of a kind!"

Meet George, a giant Galapagos tortoise, as he grows up in a world filled with sea turtles, lizards, hungry goats, and dancing blue-footed birdies. This puppet production, called an "uplifting eco-fable" by the Smithsonian Museum, is inspired by the true story of the last remaining Galapagos tortoise and the islands he calls home. Audiences of all ages will be touches by this story that teachers what it truly means to be "one of a kind!"

 

About the Artists:

Having spent most of her early childhood barefoot in Hawaii, it only seemed natural that Heidi Rugg would name her company Barefoot Puppet Theatre. Performing barefoot is very fun - but it's also very useful for operating the foot pedal sound system her husband engineered. 

Barefoot Puppet Theatre began miles away from Hawaii, though, in Richmond, Virginia. Heidi founded the company in 1997 after apprenticing as a puppet builder with Handemonium Puppets in Washington, D.C. In 2001, with a growing touring schedule and a growing family, her husband Sam Rugg  joined the company to help with building stages, managing accounts, and handling the technical side of lighting and sound. For more information, please visit www.BarefoodPuppets.com

 

Make Your Own Alien Peeper!

DIY Puppet Crafts

Inspired by our upcoming performance  "Stories from Outer Space",  these alien peepers are a fun twist on a simple form of finger puppet that is super easy to make!

ON STAGE NOW:

"Stories from Outer Space" with Sparky's Puppets

Saturday, August 20th at 10:30AM and 1:00PM

 

What You'll Need:

Googly Eyes

Bendy Straws

Feathers

Scissors

Fabric Glue (Ordinary Glue will work as well)

Pipe Cleaners 

Foam Shapes

 

 

Instructions:

1. Take a pipe cleaner and bend it around your middle finger like a ring. Twist that middle portion into a loop, and with the remaining pieces, twist them into two more loops to make a place for the eyes of your peeper.

2. Using tacky/craft glue, rim each eye loop you made with glue. Stick two large foam circles on.

3. Cut out the bendy part from two bendy straws for antennae. Glue this to the back center of your peeper's head. We recommend holding down for 15 seconds to be sure that they stick.

4. Youcan also glue feathers to the back of your peeper's head for hair. Lastly, stick on googly eyes so your alien can see!

5. Place the bottom loop around your middle finger to make your alien come to life! Feel free to customize your peeper whichever way you want. With a little imagination, the sky is the limit (or is it?) What stories will you tell with your new alien friend?

Make Your Own Octopus Shadow Puppet!

DIY PUPPET CRAFTS

In just 3 simple steps, learn how to create a beautiful shadow puppet of your very own, inspired by the shadow octopus in our latest show!

ON STAGE NOW:

"The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea" by Crabgrass Puppet Theater

Wednesday, August 10 - Saturday, August 13 @ 10:30AM and 1PM

What You'll Need:

Black Cardstock

Pencil

Hole Punch

Scissors

Bamboo Spear

Brass Fasteners

Tape (not pictured here)

Instructions:

1. Draw your octopus shape on a sheet of black card stock with pencil. Draw the 4 bottom tentacles connected to the body. Draw the other four tentacles separately so you can attach them later, as these will be the movable ones. Cut these all out.

2. Use a hole punch to punch two holes in the sides of the octopus, as well as holes on the ends of the tentacles that will be connected to the body. Also punch out two holes for eyes. Then secure the "arm" tentacles onto the body using two brass fasteners. Now  your octopus has arms that can move!

3. Tape the bamboo spear, or whatever stick you're using, to the back of your shadow puppet. The finished product will look like this. Now you have your very own shadow puppet that can move its arms! Puppet away!

Adult Classes: Summer 2016

This summer, Puppet Showplace Theater will be hosting a slew of fun and informative classes for adults. Classes cover a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from sock puppet making to using puppetry for social change!

Classes start July 10th. Sign up today!

Puppet Showplace offers creative classes for all levels of puppeteers and, as a early childhood educator and vaudevillian performer, I’ve found inspiration through the professional puppeteers guiding them. I would recommend the Puppet Showplace classes to anyone looking for innovative programming in puppetry and performance.
— Harry Lacoste

Fundamentals of Silly Voices

Sunday July 10, 2-5:30pm

Discover all of the exciting characters hiding within your own vocal cords! The class will make connections between voice, character, and storytelling. Then, we’ll make unique characters come alive using multiple styles of puppetry and object theater.

$50 ($35 for Puppets at Night members)

Split Personality: Sharing the Stage with Your Puppet

Tuesday July 12 & Wednesday July 13, 6:30-8:30pm

Using physical theater games and partner exercises, we’ll explore how to divide your inner attention between performer and puppeteer and how to generate new material for stage without words.

$75 ($60 for Puppets at Night members). Includes 1 free ticket to “Lollipops for Breakfast!”

Comic Gold: Discover the Clown in You

Sunday July 17, 2-5:30pm

Want to discover what makes YOU uniquely funny? Then get ready to crank your comedy up a notch in this fun and challenging workshop! In improvised solo scenes and short puppet vignettes, we’ll explore how to channel your innate sense of honesty, playfulness, and vulnerability into compelling comedic performance.

$50 ($35 for Puppets at Night members)

Puppetry in the Classroom

Sunday July 31, 2-5:30pm

Puppetry is a powerful tool for engaging the imagination! This hands-on workshop will explore how to introduce professional puppetry techniques into pre- and elementary school classrooms. Using readily available craft materials, participants will create puppet characters in different styles and learn how to bring them to life.

$75 ($60 for Puppets at Night members)

Puppetry for Social Change

Tuesday Aug 2 - Thursday Aug 4, 6:30-9:30pm and Saturday Aug 6, 2:30-7:30pm

Discover your potential to reach hearts and minds through meaningful, socially impactful puppet theater. Drawing on the instructor’s decades of experience working in the developing world, participants will work as an ensemble to create table-top scenes that communicate political, social, or public health messages.

Cost: $230. Register by July 16: $205. Puppets at Night Members save 15%.

Kaleidoscope: Women's Mask Ensemble

Year long class with seasonal intensives. Overnight summer session: Saturday Aug 20, 9pm-5am

Explore female identity through the seasons with the art of the mask as your guide. In an all night session, participants will experience the white neutral mask as a tool for self-discovery, non-verbal communication, and “being in the moment.” We’ll learn techniques and aesthetics of mask perfor-
mance in a positive, collaborative, and nurturing setting. $75 ($60 members).

$250 for 4 sessions ($200 members)

Sock Puppet Pro!

Saturday Aug 27 & Sunday Aug 28, 3-6pm

Are you ready to make the most awesome sock puppets ever? Together we’ll learn how to trans-
form simple socks into stunningly awesome characters and bring them to life on stage and screen. Everyone will go home with their own original puppet!

$75 + $15 materials fee (due in class to the instructor). $60 +$15 (Puppets at Night Members).

Make Your Own Puppet Theater!

DIY PUPPET CRAFTS

Want to put on a puppet show, but missing a stage to do it with? We've got you covered! This week's DIY Puppet Craft is inspired by "Cardboard Explosion!" by Resident Artist, Brad Shur. 

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What You'll Need:

Cardboard box ( + extra cardboard if desired)

Sharpie & pencil

Crepe/tissue paper

Scissors

Double sided tape / glue

Exacto knife / box cutter

Instructions:

1. Outline a long rectangle along the top of the box. Cut this out with the box cutter. This is where you will be able to lower in puppets that are manipulated from above, like marionettes.

1. Outline a long rectangle along the top of the box. Cut this out with the box cutter. This is where you will be able to lower in puppets that are manipulated from above, like marionettes.

2. Do the same thing on either side, so that you can insert puppets from the side as well. These will serve as the "wings" of the stage.

2. Do the same thing on either side, so that you can insert puppets from the side as well. These will serve as the "wings" of the stage.

3. Next, make a large rectangular cut-out at the front of the box. This will make the stage itself visible so you can see the puppets!

3. Next, make a large rectangular cut-out at the front of the box. This will make the stage itself visible so you can see the puppets!

4. Cut out and design a headboard using the leftover cardboard from the front of the stage to make your theatre look authentic!

4. Cut out and design a headboard using the leftover cardboard from the front of the stage to make your theatre look authentic!

5. Finally, cut out columns to place on either side for a fancier feel. You can also cut up some crepe paper and tape it to the inside of the back of the stage for curtains! We did two layers.

5. Finally, cut out columns to place on either side for a fancier feel. You can also cut up some crepe paper and tape it to the inside of the back of the stage for curtains! We did two layers.

Your completed theatre should look like this. Now you can put on puppet shows of your own! If you recreate this DIY, be sure to share a picture with us on Instagram with the tag #PuppetShowplaceDIY. Happy puppeting!

Your completed theatre should look like this. Now you can put on puppet shows of your own! If you recreate this DIY, be sure to share a picture with us on Instagram with the tag #PuppetShowplaceDIY. Happy puppeting!

Meet the Artist: Resident Puppeteer Brad Shur

Using nothing but cardboard and a little imagination, resident artist Brad Shur creates an a one-of-a-kind adventure that's not to be missed. We promise: you'll never look at a cardboard box the same way again!  VIEW CALENDAR HERE

"Cardboard Explosion"

Wed - Sat, August 3 - 6 @ 10:30AM and 1PM

About the Show:

“Cardboard Explosion!” brings five original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show. BUY TICKETS HERE

About the Artist:

Brad Shur grew up making art out of any materials he could find. In puppetry, Brad discovered a medium that let him share his passion for all forms of creativity: sculpting, writing, performing, and more. Brad began performing in puppet shows while he was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. He then hit the road, touring nationally with several puppet companies before beginning to create his own full length shows. As a puppet builder, Brad has created characters for American Idol, Dolly Parton, and a number of theater companies and independent performers. As a teaching artist, Brad has led workshops at the Center for Puppetry Arts, the National Puppetry Conference, the Puppeteers of America National Puppetry Festival, and at camps, schools, and colleges across New England.

Since 2009, Brad has been the Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater where he has created four original shows: "Dr. Doohicky's Monster Machine," "The Magic Soup and Other Stories,""Tall Tales" and "Robin Hood." He also trained extensively with master puppeteer and Puppet Showplace Resident Artist Emeritus, Paul Vincent Davis. Brad's newest creation, "Cardboard Explosion!" brings together puppetry, design, and creative improvisation to energize audiences to become art makers themselves. Brad hopes that families and school groups will leave the theater ready to transform their old cardboard boxes into something magical.

Make Your Own Cuppy the Clown!

DIY PUPPET CRAFTS

Want to help your child enjoy learning and literacy at an early age? In just a few simple steps, you can create this cute clown inspired by our upcoming show, "Word Play".

ON STAGE NOW:

"Word Play" by Good Hearted Entertainment

Wednesday July 27th - Saturday July 30th

What You'll Need:

1 paper/plastic cup

pipe cleaners

1 Sharpie

double sided tape

construction paper

googly eyes (we didn't have any)

scissors

Instructions:

1. Roll the red pipe cleaner into a round shape for a clown nose. Cut it out and tape it to the front center of the cup.

1. Roll the red pipe cleaner into a round shape for a clown nose. Cut it out and tape it to the front center of the cup.

2. You can also cut out eyebrows and stick them on. Your clown will appear more expressive this way.

2. You can also cut out eyebrows and stick them on. Your clown will appear more expressive this way.

3. We suggest using googly eyes, but we couldn't find any while we were making this, so we just drew some instead! But we do think googly eyes would be much cuter. You can also add a mouth at this point. Take some artistic liberties with it! You can customize this DIY any way that you want.

3. We suggest using googly eyes, but we couldn't find any while we were making this, so we just drew some instead! But we do think googly eyes would be much cuter. You can also add a mouth at this point. Take some artistic liberties with it! You can customize this DIY any way that you want.

4. "Word Play" is all about using the alphabet and your imagination to describe the world around you, so we thought it would only be fitting to attach the letters that describe this object to the back of it! Finally, if you'd like, you could give your clown a little hat using more pipe cleaner and some construction paper.

4. "Word Play" is all about using the alphabet and your imagination to describe the world around you, so we thought it would only be fitting to attach the letters that describe this object to the back of it! Finally, if you'd like, you could give your clown a little hat using more pipe cleaner and some construction paper.

5. Enjoy your very own clown puppet that fits right on your hand! After you see "Word Play," see what inspiration you can take from the show to create a new narrative of your very own about the world around you and the many words you can use to describe it!

5. Enjoy your very own clown puppet that fits right on your hand! After you see "Word Play," see what inspiration you can take from the show to create a new narrative of your very own about the world around you and the many words you can use to describe it!

Goodbye to Brenda and Bella!

Dear Puppet Showplace Friends,

During the last six and a half years as a staff member at Puppet Showplace, I managed marketing and outreach campaigns, developed curriculum for education programs, and created and performed an interactive show for very young children with Brookline's favorite pink and furry puppet, Bella Monster. It is with equal sadness and excitement that I announce my departure as a core staff member of the theater, as my last day will be Friday, July 29.

Puppet Showplace has been an essential playground for artistic exploration and professional growth for me as the Communications Director, teaching artist and puppeteer. After finishing an M.A. in theater education from Emerson College, I continued my studies at Puppet Showplace in 2010 taking many puppetry building and performances classes in muppet style puppetry, shadow puppetry, giant puppets, and more. Puppet Showplace is an incredibly unique organization, and I am so grateful for the many connections and friendships I have made with our touring artists, business partners, cultural partners, and patrons.

Starting this August, I will join Creative Arts in Reading, MA as the Director of Education and Outreach to develop and manage theater, music, and visual arts education programming for all ages. In the fall, I will join the Urban College of Boston as an adjunct faculty member teaching arts integrated curriculum to pre-school teachers. Working in higher education and managing arts education programs are long-time dreams of mine, and I am so excited to move on to the next chapter of my career in the arts.

Although Bella Monster and I will not be continuing weekly "Puppet Playtime" performances at Puppet Showplace, our show will still be available for birthday parties and tours!
BIRTHDAY PARTIES/ PUPPET PLAYTIME ON TOUR

I invite you to stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, or through email at Brenda.L.Huggins@gmail.com. You can also find my stage directing portfolio at www.brendalynnhuggins.com if you happen to be a puppet AND opera fan. (I have heard there are a lot of those!) Please feel free to stop by the theater during open hours this last week to say good bye to me and Bella, and share memories. 

Best wishes,

Brenda Huggins
Communications Director, Puppet Showplace

 

Make Your Own Monkey Mask!

DIY Puppet Crafts

Looking for a quick, easy, and fun way to have your own monkey adventures? Make your very own DIY monkey mask in just a few simple steps!

ON STAGE NOW:
"Help Save the Monkey" by Brave Bucket Co. Wed-Sat, July 20-23 @ 10:30am and 1:00pm

Our intern, Shona, posing with the monkey mask she made.

Our intern, Shona, posing with the monkey mask she made.

What You'll Need:

1 paper plate

brown paint

1 tan/light brown colored pencil

1 paintbrush

scissors

tape

1 glue stick

1 popsicle stick (we used a bamboo stick)

1 black marker

Instructions:

1. Use the pencil to draw a rounded heart shape on your plate. Then draw 2 semi-circles (ears) and an oval (mouth) within that shape. Carefully cut these pieces out.

2. Paint the paper plate brown, as well as the edges of the ears. Then color the inside of the ears and muzzle light brown with the colored pencil.

3. Glue the muzzle to the front of the plate. Then glue the ears onto the back on either side.

4. Using the black marker, draw on the nose and mouth. Tape the popsicle (or bamboo) stick to the bottom of the back of the mask. Voila!

Now you can create and act out your own version of "Help Save the Monkey," starring YOU!