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Directory of Puppeteers

Puppetry artists listed in this directory are members of the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry. Each listing contains a link to the artist's website and identifies the services they provide. Before hiring any puppeteer it is always good to check their work and/or references to make sure they will suit your needs.

Back Alley Puppet Theater
Blue Moon Puppets
Blue String Marionettes
Eric Bornstein
Deborah Costine
Diane Kordas Music and Puppets
Dream Tale Puppets
Freeman Friends Puppet Theatre
The Gerwick Puppets
Sarah Lamstein Puppets
Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals
Lisa & Friends
Magic Carpet Reading Theater
Magpie Puppets
Margaret Moody Puppets
Marionettes and Co.
New England Puppet Arts/David Lane
Penny Benson
Poobley Greegy Puppet Theater
Puppet Divas
Puppets: Education Magic
The Puppet Showplace Theatre
Puppeteers' Cooperative
Rosalita's Puppets
Somersault Puppets
Sparky's Puppets
Talking Hands Theatre
Tanglewood Marionettes
Treble Cove Music
The Wayne Martin Puppets
You and Me Puppets

The following performers offer children's parties:

Blue Moon Puppets
Deborah Costine
Dream Tale Puppets
Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals
Magpie Puppets
Margaret Moody Puppets
The Puppet Showplace Theatre
Rosalita's Puppets
Sparky's Puppets
Talking Hands Theatre
Tanglewood Marionettes
You and Me Puppets


Back Alley Puppet Theater

Contact: Sara Peattie

Phone: (617) 263-2031

Email: puppetco@gis.net

Website: www.gis.net/~puppetco/

We offer giant dancing puppets, pick-up volunteer parades and instant pageants in the greater Boston area. We also run the Puppet Free Lending Library, lending puppets in the greater Boston area.

 


Blue Moon Puppets

Contact: Ann Davidson

Phone: (598) 359-1826

Puppeteer Ann Davidson performs lively stories and fables, like The Tortoise & The Hare, for ages 3 to 8.


Blue String Marionettes

Contact: Teresa Moler

Location: Nashua, NH

Email: teresamoler@aol.com

Marionette and puppet shows for all occasions and events. Live character voices. Most shows have content that is original.

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Eric Bornstein

Masks • Residencies • Events
Behind the Mask Studio
Somerville, MA
Contact person: Eric Bornstein

Phone: 617-417-4961

Email: behindthemask1@gmail.com

Website: www.behindthemask.org
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Our performances are based on folklore, fairy tales, and mythology from around the world.
We combine masks, music, storytelling, dance, puppetry, martial arts, and other art forms to create dazzling theatrical productions and workshops that come to you! We have set programs, and can also create a custom program for your special event!

We create beautiful masks for our original performances, and we teach others how to do the same! Our classes and workshops and residencies bring mask and puppet making, collage mural projects, portrait drawing and lecture presentations to children, teens, and adults.


Deborah Costine, Puppeteer!

Contact person: Deborah Costine

Address: 6 Wood Street; Southborough MA 01772

Phone: 508-481-6837

Email: deborahcostine@verizon.net

Website: www.deborahcostinenaturepuppets.com

Deborah Costine has been a professional puppeteer for over thirty years, performing for schools, libraries and museums, throughout New England. She is a favorite at The Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, MA.  In 2009 She won the UNIMA USA Citation for Excellence for "A Woodland Cinderella."  Other shows are "Three Pigs and Other Tales" and "The Twig Family in the Oak Tree." In 2010 she received a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation for her newest production; "Turtle's New Home," a story about the endangered "Blanding's Turtle" and it's friends, Beaver and Salamander.


Diane Kordas Music and Puppets

Contact Person: Diane Kordas

Phone: 603-315-3083

Address: PO Box 181, Chester, NH 03036

Email: diane@romperrhythm.com

Website: www.dianekordas.com

Diane Kordas has been performing music for children and families since 1992, and puppet shows since 1998. Her classic and original stories with puppets, music, humor and audience participation are enjoyed by children and families at art centers, libraries, schools,birthday parties, daycare centers and preschools throughout New England.  Diane’s CD, “Dinosaur Stomp”, has been chosen Winner of the Children’s Music Web Award 2005, she is on the NH State Council on the Arts Touring roster and the New England Foundation for the Arts.


Dream Tale PuppetsDream Tale Puppets

Contact: Jacek Zuzanski

Phone: (508) 495-1251

Email: info@dreamtalepuppets.org

Website: www.dreamtalepuppets.org

Dream Tale Puppets offers charming interpretations of classic and loved tales: Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rumpelstilskin. Shows explore variety of puppetry styles from rod puppets through table top and hand puppets to masks. Founder and director Jacek Zuzanski is professionally educated puppeteer and stage director from Poland with extensive experience in performing, designing, directing and teaching.

 


Freeman Friends Puppet Theatre

Contact: Liz Freeman

Phone: 781-246-2836

Email: LindenTree85@comcast.net

*Interactive Puppet Making Parties for ages 6 to 12+

*Birthdays, Libraries, Scouts, Youth Groups

*Puppetry in the Classroom, workshops for Teachers.


The Gerwick Puppets

Contacts: Lenny Gerwick

Phone: 508-481-6260

Website: www.gerwickpuppets.com

The Gerwick Puppets have been performing in elementary schools, libraries and Museums throughout New England for over 30 years! They are regular performers at First Night Boston and The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. Eight productions include "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp," "Inside the Haunted House," Aesop's Fables, "New England Animal Stories," Rip Van Winkle and more. Ask about puppets for fundraising!


Sarah Lamstein Puppets

Contact person: Sarah Lamstein

Phone: 617-244-0646

Email: sarahm45@aol.com

Website: www.sarahlamstein.com

Sarah has been performing before family audiences for more than twenty-five years. Her Funny Bone Tales presents two warmly humorous children's stories, Silly Sam and Bendemolena, The Cat Who Wore A Pot On Her Head, plus a gentle version of Punch and Judy. Shabbat Shalom offers a multimedia program about the history and delights of the Sabbath. And A Glimpse of Nepal explores the exotic, far-off Himalayan kingdom through its folk literature. To learn about the children's books Sarah has written, please visit her website .


Lindsay and her Puppet PalsLindsay and Her Puppet Pals

Contact person: Lindsay Bezich

Phone: 603-393-5565

Email: bezich@gmail.com

Website: www.LindsaysPuppetPals.com

Birthday Parties

Lindsay and her collection of life sized, handcrafted puppets delight families and audiences 3-8 across New England! Charming original stories and adapted folk tales are filled with audience participation and humor, and focus is on positive, child relevant themes. Popular
with schools and child care centers. Public performances include libraries, the NH Children's Museum, and First Night Portsmouth.


Lisa & Friends

Contact: Lisa Manning

Phone: 508-384-1442

Email: lisamusic@comcast.net

Website: www.lisamanning.com

Lisa and her troupe of large puppets sing and dance for children of all ages in fun and educational theme shows. Children become an integral part of the show. Depending on the theme they may become George Washington or Amelia Earhardt, “swim” with fish and beach balls, rock with Elvis or parade as movie stars! Lisa has performed on Broadway and on cruise ships as well as many libraries, senior centers, parks and schools.


"Magic Carpet Reading Theater"
and the Kearns Reading Clinic

Contact: Gail Kearns

Address: 68 Mallard Drive; Concord, MA 01742

Phone: (978) 369-3090

Email: dankear@aol.com

Gail Kearns is a reading specialist-clinician who works privately with children at the Kearns Reading Clinic in Concord, MA. At other times her "Magic Carpet Reading Theater" provides occasional small school day shows for primary grades classrooms which help to connect students to reading through puppetry.


Magpie Puppets

Email: maggiewhalen9@gmail.com

Website: www.magpiepuppets.com

Phone: (781) 438-0302 or (617) 417-3195

Categories: Performer, Birthday Party Performer, Puppet or Mask Maker, Teaching Artist

Join Mama Bear for her morning aerobics! Or grill the Emperor about his latest misdeeds at his Royal Press Conference! Children don't just watch Magpie Puppets—they get involved. Each show begins with a guitar sing-along or a lively demonstration about how puppets are made. Performances run 45-50 minutes and are appropriate for both large assemblies and small groups. Birthday party puppet shows take place in your home and make your child's party memorable — and manageable!


Margaret Moody Puppets

Contact: Margaret Moody

Email: margaretmoodypuppets@gmail.com

Website: http://www.margaretmoodypuppets.com

Come soar with the Monkey King, fly with fairies, journey into different worlds with the flip of a hand. Margaret Moody performs hand puppet shows for groups of people ages 3 and up in schools, arts centers and in homes. She studied traditional puppetry in Taiwan and loves to include its lively puppet acrobatics in every show.


Marionettes and Co.

Contact: Lorelei Rose Ruben

Phone: (978) 546-2995

These shows are filled with kindness, charm, humor, and the finest music. The large stage offers a true theatrical experience complete with lights, scenery, and special effects, for both marionettes and other types of puppets. The small stage is ideal for birthday parties; no marionettes are used due to size constraints. The birthday parties are written with an understanding of the interests and needs of the birthday child. Large shows are $280 plus travel. Small shows are $100 plus travel.


New England Puppet Arts/David Lane

New England Puppet Arts / David LaneNorth Adams, MA

Phone: 413-662-2769

Email: dave@theoldtrouts.org

Website: www.NewEnglandPuppet.org

David is co-director of the New England Puppet Intensive, a 15 day workshop in the art of puppetry and animated object performance taught by members of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop each August. His current theatrical project, The Chronicles of Rose, can be seen as part of the MCLA Presents! 2014 season and is supported in part by a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation. David teaches workshops in puppetry/mask performance and design across New England and Canada. Photo: Jonathan Davis.


Penny BensonPenny Benson

Contact: Penny Benson

Phone(s): (603) 677-2796

Website: www.pennybenson.com

Categories: Performer, Puppet or Mask Maker, Teaching Artist

Design • Fabrication • Direction • Coaching • Performance

Bringing theatricality back to theatre through Puppet Arts! I’m a professional actor (AEA) with an MFA in Puppet Arts. I work conceptually to give you a design that brings your vision to life through original puppets and masks.  Services available range from renderings to fully realized works of art, with continued support in the art and skill of breathing life into these performing objects. Let’s collaborate!


Poobley Greegy Puppet Theater

Contacts: Janice & Stephen Babcock

Address: 106 Kittredge Street; Roslindale, MA 02131

Phone: (617) 325-5620

Email: poobleygreegy@aol.com

The Poobley Greegy Puppet Theater tours New England's elementary schools and libraries performing for 30,000 people a year, using hand, rod, shadow and string puppets in a unique multi-opening stage.

Their carefully researched, creative shows feature dinosaurs, whales, elephants, Egypt, "Gulliver's Travels," and "The Shoemaker and the Elves."


PUPPET DIVAS / Puppet Opera-Tunity / LISTENINGspeaking UNLIMITED

Contact Person: Suzanne Pemsler

Address: 6 Castle Road; Lexington, MA. 02420-3527

Phone: 781-861-1274 • FAX: 781-861-0054

Email: puppetdivas@verizon.net

Suzanne Pemsler sings Opera and Art Songs live while manipulating people-sized puppets in her popular PUPPET DIVAS shows for children, adults and multi-generational audiences. These one-woman shows, plus artist-residencies in Puppet Opera-tunity , (developing comic puppet operas with children,) and workshops in puppetry and music have been featured nationally and internationally. She also presents THIS IS YOUR LIFE: Memoir Writing lectures for adults, featuring song and puppets


Puppets: Education Magic

Contact: Artistic Director Judith O'Hare/YOU AND ME PUPPETS

Address: 74 Hillcrest Road; Reading, MA 01967

Phone: 781-944-0965

Email: jaohare@gmail.com

Websites with PEM information: www.youandmepuppets.com and www.puppetshowplace.org

Puppets: Education Magic is a conference for educators held each summer in the New England area. There are workshops, performances, an exhibit, a store, and teacher sharing. Graduate credit option is offered by The Northeast Consortium/Salem State College. Artistic partners are members of BAGOP.


Puppet Showplace Theatre

32 Station Street

Brookline, Massachusetts 02445

(617) 731-6400

During the school year, there are weekend shows every Sat. and Sun. at 1 and 3 pm, as well as a special TOT show at 10:30 on Thursday morning, recommended for pre-schoolers, ages three to five. Weekend shows are recommended for audiences five years old and older. During school vacations there are shows everyday; consult the schedule for details. During the summer months, there are usually shows on Wednesday and Thursday.

Website: http://www.puppetshowplace.org

Email: shopuppet@bigplanet.com


The Puppeteers' Cooperative

Contact Person: Sara Peattie

Phone: (617) 628-2499

Email: 2136581@mcimail.com

Website: http://puppetco-op.org/

We offer giant puppets, pageants, and parades. We travel nationally, working with communities, helping them to create their own giant puppets and productions.

 


Be enchanted by
ROSALITA'S PUPPETS

Contact Person: Charlotte Dore

Phone: 617-633-2832

Email: rosalitaspuppets@aol.com

Website: www.Rosalitaspuppets.com

Enjoy, interactive, marionette tales of Dragons, Kings and Princesses who sing, dance and delight the child in everyone. Puppeteer Charlotte Dore has performed for Somerville Arts council, medieval fairs, libraries, daycare centers and birthday parties. To find out more info,request a brochure or book, call 617-633-2832 or 617-666-1026.


Somersault Puppets - Kurt StavenSomersault Puppets

Contact: Kurt Staven

Address: 28 Ferncrest Ave., Cranston, RI 02905

Phone: (401) 467-0159

Phone: 978-501-2173

Email: kurtstaven@gmail.com

Website: http://somersaultpuppets.com/

Categories: Performer, Puppet or Mask Maker, Teaching Artist, Musician/Composer

I have a Master of Theater Education degree from Emerson College and am currently producing a one-man multi-puppet traveling show based on Lewis Carroll’s poem, The Hunting of the Snark.  Please check my website for updates.

 


Sparky's Puppets

Contact: Sparky Davis

Address: 28 Ferncrest Ave., Cranston, RI 02905

Phone: (401) 467-0159

E-mail: Popcorn700@aol.com

Website: www.sparkyspuppets.com

Categories: Performer, Birthday Party Performer

Sparky's Puppets dramatize favorite children's stories with colorful hand puppets, lively humor, and plenty of audience participation. They have delighted children throughout New England for over 30 years. Programs include Aesop's Fables; The Book Detective; Tales of Sea & Shore, Stories from Snowy Lands; Animal Tales; Old Favorites; Trickster Tales AND MANY MORE!


Talking Hands Theatre

Contact: Anna Sobel

Phone: 413-367-9134

Email: anna@talkinghandstheatre.com

Website: www.talkinghandstheatre.com

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Talking-Hands-Theatre-162801537086278/

Birthday Party Performer

Talking Hands Theatre is a one-woman puppet company specializing in educational shows for young children. Anna Sobel has been a professional puppeteer since 1998, and performs all over New England in homes, schools, libraries, and theaters. Show choices include "Fairies of the Seasons," about the seasons of the year, "Bugaboo Revue," about bugs and how they help gardens, "Whale Tales," about marine life, "Two Dinosaurs Are Better Than One," about how to get along with others, and many more. Anna is also an experienced Jewish educator and offers ever-popular shows for every Jewish holiday. Her birthday party shows continue to delight children of all ages, and can even be tailored for babies and toddlers. All shows are interactive as well as musical.


Tanglewood Marionettes

Contacts: Peter and Anne Schaefer

Address: 108 Church St., Ware, MA 01082

Phone: 1-866-6PUPPET

E-mail: info@tanglewoodmarionettes.com

Website: www.tanglewoodmarionettes.com

Founded in 1993, Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette theater based in New England. Our repertoire consists primarily of classic tales performed by skilled puppeteers who have spent many years perfecting their art.


Alison PlanteTreble Cove Music

Contact: Alison Plante

Phone(s): 617-633-0518

Email: info@treblecove.com

Website: http://www.treblecove.com

Categories: Musician/Composer

Treble Cove Music specializes in music composition and production for media, with a speciality in music for puppetry. Clients include several BAGOP member puppeteers; email for references.


The Wayne Martin Puppets

Contact person: Wayne Martin

Address: 134 Beach Street; Boston, MA 02111

Phone: (617) 733-9418

Website: www.WayneMartinPuppets.com

Email: wayne.martin@WayneMartinPuppets.com

Categories: Performer, Birthday Parties, Puppet or Mask Maker

Birthday Party Performer

Presenting sophisticated variety marionette and hand puppet vignettes of human emotion and fantasy, full of comedy and pathos. Set against a background of lively music and special theatrical effects, productions have no age or language barriers! Ideal for theatres, symphonies, schools, television, trade shows, private parties, and malls. Call for rates and availability.


You and Me Puppets /
Judith O'Hare

Education Consultant for the Puppeteers of America

Address: 74 Hillcrest Road; Reading, MA 01867

Phone: 781-944-0965

Email: jaohare@gmail.com

Website: www.youandmepuppets.com

Judith O’Hare is a puppeteer and educator; her work includes PERFORMANCES for children and families, WORKSHOPS for children and educators and GRADUATE COURSES for educators. She has won awards from the Puppeteers of America for her work in puppetry in education, and is the author/editor of Puppetry in Education and Therapy: Unlocking Door to the Mind and Heart.

Her current educational work includes teaching graduate courses for teachers through the Northeast Consortium, Salem State, and Merrimack Consortium, Fitchburg State, and planning and implementing conferences on Puppetry in Education and Therapy.

Her performance work includes: Toy Theater, “Petit Puppet Plays ” perfect for schools, libraries and special events. She collaborates with Dr. Robin D’Antona to present a program on Bullying Prevention through Puppetry Arts. She also performs larger participatory productions.


These are some of the many puppeteers in the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry. Members can update their listings anytime by emailing the webmaster.

 
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