The Paul Vincent Davis Award
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
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.
2016– Sara Peattie
The Puppeteers Cooperative
2015 – Eric Bass and Inez Zeller Bass
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.