Resident Artist, Brad Shur


Brad Shur is a versatile puppeteer who has created and performed characters made of everything from pixels to paper mache. Since 2009, he has been the Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater, where he performs regularly for youth and family audiences and teaches puppetry classes to students of all ages. Brad also creates and performs original puppetry productions that Puppet Showplace presents on tour at schools, libraries, and cultural venues across the region.

Learn about Brad's touring performances.

 Prior to becoming the Artist in Residence at Puppet Showplace, Brad toured the country as a performer with Big Nazo (Rhode Island), Wood & Strings Theatre (Tennessee) and The PuppeTree (Vermont). As a builder, Brad has designed and fabricated puppets for American Idol, Dollywood, Underground Railway Theater, Avenue Q productions, and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum. He is a graduate of the Film and Animation program at the Rhode Island School of Design.

All of the puppets Brad uses in his performances come from his workshop, where he builds them by hand from wood, paper, plastic, foam and fabric.

Teaching & Residencies

  • Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, Georgia) – Glove Puppetry Workshop
  • Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference (Waterford, CT) – Glove Puppetry Workshop
  • Puppeteers of America National Puppetry Festival – Digital Puppetry Workshop
  • Thompson Elementary School (Arlington) – Puppetry Residency (K – 5)
  • Ellis School Artisan Program (Cambridge) – Puppetry Residency (Pre-K)
  • Boston Latin School (Boston) – Puppetry Production Residency
  • Boston College Theater Department – Puppetry Production Residency

Past Touring Destinations

  • Puppeteers of America National Puppetry Festival
  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Boston First Night
  • Springfield Museums
  • Brookline Public Library
  • Outside the Box Festival
  • Boston Athenaeum
  • Cambridge Riverfest
  • Somerville ArtBeat and PuppetPalooza
  • Boston Public Schools

Work Samples