Puppet Showplace Core Staff
Roxanna Myhrum, Artistic Director
Phone: (617) 731-6400 x202
Roxie has been Puppet Showplace Theater's Artistic Director since 2010. In partnership with the theater's extraordinary team, she has focused on developing new works by local artists and on expanding puppetry education for all ages and abilities. She has also been the producing director of numerous large-scale collaborations, from Boston's annual First Night Puppetry Festival to the site-specific outdoor production The Midnight Zoo.
In Boston, Roxie is a sought-after puppetry director and coach. She has worked at the Huntington Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage (Eliott Norton, Hand to God), Company One, the Lyric Stage Company of Boston (IRNE award, Avenue Q), Wheelock Family Theater, New Repertory Theatre, and Gloucester Stage Company. She has guest-taught puppetry classes at Harvard, Brown, Babson, Suffolk, and BC and has led all-ages workshops promoting puppetry skills and literacy throughout the greater Boston area. Roxie is a member of the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry and UNIMA-USA, and has served on the Board of Directors for Puppeteers of America and The Jim Henson Foundation. She is a graduate of Harvard University.
Daniel DeLoma, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Phone: (617) 731-6400 x 102
Daniel became Puppet Showplace Theater’s Managing Director in August 2019. Originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, he previously held the position of Director & General Manager of the Queens Symphony Orchestra in New York City. He has served in many other positions at non-profit organizations around the northeast, including the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra (Boston, MA), and the Quick Center for the Arts (Fairfield, CT). Daniel holds advanced degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, and his thesis work focused on the intersections between puppetry and ontology. He holds a post-graduate certificate in Critical Social Practice, and has conducted field research on local puppetry traditions in the U.S. and abroad.
Daniel is a member of the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry, the American Philosophical Association, the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO), and the New York Society for General Semantics. He studied at Fairfield University and CUNY Queens College and currently lives in Attleboro, MA.
Paul Watkins, Box Office Manager
Phone: (617) 731-6400 x101
Paul has performed in different capacities at Puppet Showplace since moving to Boston from California in 2011. He served as an Education Outreach Intern, Box Office Associate, and Assistant Box Office Manager before stepping into his current role. As a musician and composer, Paul has worked with up-and-coming puppet artists in the New England area to create music for various puppet shows.
Recent collaborations include Robin Hood by Brad Shur, Word Play by Good Hearted Entertainment, Taking Turns with Margaret Moody Puppets and several short-form pieces developed as a music participant at the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference. Paul is a graduate of the University of California, Davis (B.A. degrees in Music and Psychology) and the Longy School of Music (M.M. in Music Composition).
Kathryn Ballinger, Communications Associate
Phone: 617-731-6400 x 101
Kathryn is a transplant from Texas who joined the Puppet Showplace team in May of 2017. In addition to assisting with communications and administration, she also works as a Box Office Associate. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/ English and Writing from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.
Kathryn is also a freelance costumer for people & puppets in the greater Boston area. She has collaborated with Sarah Nolen on puppet costumes for The Fairy Tailor, and Honey Goodenough for puppeteer costumes for The Swishy Fishies (Good Hearted Entertainment). Her recent notable wardrobe credits include Who is Eartha Mae (Bridge Rep), Caroline, or Change (Moonbox Productions), and Fun Home (SpeakEasy Stage).
Lakyn Arrick, Box Office Associate
Lakyn joined the Puppet Showplace Box Office team in September 2017. Since then, she has assisted with workshops and access projects for people of all abilities. She is originally from West Virginia where she studied Theatre and Communication at Fairmont State University. Her primary interests are Educational Theatre and Theatre for Youth.
Lakyn has worked as a teaching artist at Lexington Children's Theatre (Lexington, KY), Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts and WVU Extension- Energy Express. She has also served as the stage/company manager for Golden Horseshoe the Musical, and as an Americorps VISTA where she integrated the arts into the preschool community she served in Grafton, WV. In 2019, Lakyn completed her Master’s in Theatre Education at Emerson College.