Resident and Affiliated Artists
Puppet Showplace Theater is proud to support the work of these outstanding professional puppeteers. Resident and affiliated artists perform in our mainstage series, create work for puppet slams, tour throughout New England (and beyond!), teach classes to all ages, and develop new work for diverse audiences. Thank you for supporting their work!
Sarah Nolen became Puppet Showplace Theater's third-ever resident artist in September 2017. Her shadow adaptation of the Baba Yaga story, Lisa the Wise, will debut in October 2017 as part of the Fall Fairy Tale Festival. A new production, The Fairy Tailor, will have its world premiere in February 2018. Sarah stays busy teaching camps and classes for all ages pre-k to adult, consulting on puppetry projects for theaters and cultural institutions, and running the theater's "Hatchery" program for new works development.
Known for her versatile, witty, and innovative work across multiple puppetry styles, Sarah most recently worked as a builder for Acheson Walsh Studios and performer for the immersive show Pip's Island in New York City. She has also toured internationally as part of the ensemble for Reverse Cascade.
Originally from Austin, Texas, Sarah earned her BFA in film from Southern Methodist University in 2009, and MFA in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut in 2016. Sarah has performed as a puppeteer for the Boston Pops Orchestra, EnvisionFEST Hartford, and The Out of Bounds Festival in Austin. In addition to her work in puppetry, Sarah is an experienced filmmaker and comedy improv performer. Email: Sarah@PuppetShowplace.org
Honey Goodenough is a puppeteer, educator, and children’s party entertainer. Her company, Good Hearted Entertainment, created the literacy-based puppet show Word Play as part of the 2016 Puppet Showplace Incubator program. In 2017, she became Puppet Showplace Theater's first resident teaching artist after years of experience working with diverse student populations in greater Boston, New York City, Vermont, and Texas. She has also taught a wide variety of professional development courses for educators and aspiring puppeteers at Brooklyn College, the University of Utah, and City College CUNY. Honey is currently the lead teaching artist for "Puppet Lab," Puppet Showplace's new after school enrichment program.
Honey is a trained marionette performer and has performed with PuppetWorks, and toured nationally with the National Marionette Theatre and Frisch Marionettes. She has also produced and performed in Puppet Slams across the country. She is currently creating a new show, Sock Monkey Circus which will tour in China in fall 2017. Honey holds an MA in Educational Theater from New York University, and a BA in Theater Crafts and Technology from the University of Texas, Austin. Email: Honey@PuppetShowplace.org
John and Megan Regan
John and Megan Regan (2017-2018 Incubator Artists) are excited to return to Puppet Showplace with a new show-in-development after creating The Pied Piper of Hamelin in 2015. As "CactusHead Puppets" they are known for their playful performance style and exuberant creativity. The West Springfield-based company was founded in 2010 by this husband and wife team. 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 is originally from the Kansas City area, where she worked with Paul Mesner Puppets. John is from Western Massachusetts, and is honored to be performing in the same libraries where he saw puppet shows growing up. Megan collects pop-up books, and John has a love for giant monster movies. Both John and Megan were once interns at Puppet Showplace Theater, and they are excited to return to Boston to share their work as professional puppeteers!