Puppet Showplace Core Staff
Roxanna Myhrum, Artistic Director
E: Artistic@PuppetShowplace.org T: (617) 731-6400 x202
Roxie has been Puppet Showplace Theater's Artistic Director since 2010. Trained in theater and puppetry as a teenager in Springfield, MA, she spent 10 summers working with Flock Theatre as a resident company member at the Eugene O'Neill National Puppetry Conference. Roxie worked professionally in television/film production, strategic communications, and academic research before finally focusing her career on the live performing arts.
At Puppet Showplace, Roxie has expanded the theater's all ages education programs and support for new works by local artists. She has also been the producing director of numerous large-scale collaborations with other cultural venues, from the annual First Night Puppetry Festival to The Midnight Zoo.
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, Gloucester Stage Company, Boston College, Suffolk University, and Worcester State University. She has guest-taught puppetry classes at Harvard, Brown, Babson, and BC and has led all-ages workshops promoting puppetry literacy throughout the greater Boston area. She 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. She is currently a member of The Jim Henson Foundation board. Roxie is a graduate of Harvard University (A.B. in Social Studies).
CAT MEILUS, MANAGING DIRECTOR
E: Business@PuppetShowplace.org T: (617) 731-6400 x102
Cat has been working in the Boston regional theater industry for a decade. She spent four seasons at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston as a resident assistant stage manager. The Lyric’s award-winning production of Avenue Q, was her first hands-on experience with puppetry. As the Production Manager of Bad Habit Productions for the past three years, Cat has participated in the development of 11 productions, including two Boston premieres and three IRNE award-winning productions. Cat is a graduate of Salem State University (B.F.A. in Stage Management).
Paul Watkins, Box Office Manager
E: BoxOffice@PuppetShowplace.org T: (617) 731-6400 x101
Paul has performed in different capacities at Puppet Showplace since moving to Boston from California in 2011, serving as Education Outreach Intern, Box Office Associate, and Assistant Box Office Manager before stepping into his current role. As a musician and composer, he has worked with up-and-coming puppet artists in the New England area to create music for puppet shows.
Recent collaborations include “Robin Hood” by Brad Shur, "Word Play" by Good Hearted Entertainment, and several short-form pieces developed as a music participant at the 2015 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).