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helping people connect with the world of puppetry.
Tears of Joy Theatre
The biggest and oldest of the Portland-based puppet companies.
They perform a yearly series of productions in the big theatre
downtown and tour widely with school performances. They've
been a true joy to work with over the years.
Dragon Theater Puppets
Operated by Jason Ropp. the former President of the
Columbia Association of Puppeteers. His company performs
original stories like The Clueless Detective for libraries and
birthday parties up and down the west coast.
Jason is also a puppeteer for The Olde World Puppet Theatre.
Tendrak, the Dragon, and Moudry, the Wise, are your
storytelling hosts. They have created a series of audio
CDs including Fun with Czech Fairytales and Five
Northwest Puppet Center
If you happen to be headed to Seattle, check out the
Northwest Puppet Center. Chris and Stephen Carter
are especially known for their mastery and preservation
of the traditional Sicilian marionette theater known as
Opera dei Pupi. Stephen is an amazing wood carver as well.
il Teatro Calimari
Once headquartered in Portland, OR, now based in the San
Francisco Bay Area. Tim Giuni has an interesting take on
life, which is reflected in his madcap approach to puppetry.
Tim performed multiple times during our Wonderful World
of Puppets at OMSI.
Center for Pupperty Arts
Think of it as Puppet Heaven. Based in Atlanta,
Georgia, CfPA also offers performances and classes.
Phil Huber Marionettes
Phil is a genius at the manipultion of marionettes. If you ever
get a chance to see his work, sit back and enjoy. He builds
some pretty neat ones as well. He built Ping Pong, the Panda,
the only puppet in our company that we didn't build ourselves.
Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre
They were real nice to Steve & Marty when they visited
Scotland a few years back, so of course they're listed here.
As they say on their website: "Please come to visit us if
you are coming to Scotland. Be assured of a warm welcome
and 'Freedom Come All Ye.'" True, True!!!
This company out of Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada has really
nice puppets, nicely manipulated.
Nutz & Boltz Theatre
Local Portland (Boring)-based theater group that uses
human actors to portray the puppet roles.
Well, maybe they'll get it right some day.
When it comes to Puppetry, we've been around
the block a few times. Listed below are some of
the Puppet Companies that we've met on our
travels that attracted our interest. Sometimes the
reasons are listed, sometimes not. But, all are
worth a visit.
Many of them use marionettes. Well, of course!!
Wait a minute, do you mean to tell us that there
are other kinds of puppets???
Columbia Association of Puppeteers (CAP)
The Puppeteers of America chartered guild for Northern
Oregon and Southern Washington. Steve Overton &
Marty Richmond, your hosts here at puppetmuseum.com,
ran CAP directly or indirectly for almost 10 years before
recently relinquishing the reins to a new generation of
Lindau Marionette Opera
Steve & Marty love the opera Carmen. Here's a company
that performed it with nine puppeteers and 45 marionettes.
Until the Lindau Marionette Opera first staged "Carmen",
the opera was thought impossible for a marionette theatre to
perform. But the challenge was successfully overcome.
"Carmen" is by far the most elaborate production at the
Lindau Marionette Opera. This link takes you to a page
listing four YouTube excerpts from their "Carmen".
Puppeteers of America
The oldest group of American puppeteers. Membership brings
a quarterly magazine, puppet consultants and a video lending
library. Also holds biennial puppetry festivals.
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Oregon Shadow Theatre
The Oregon Shadow Theatre is a Portland-based company
specializing in the art of shadow puppetry. OST productions
are noted for exquisite, colorful puppets, live music and
sound effects, and lively good humor. Among other honors,
OST has twice received the UNIMA Citation for Excellence
in the Art of Puppetry.
Dan DeMoy, one of the gifted puppeteer members of
The Olde World Puppet Theatre helps pay the rent by
specializing in the creation of designer fabric accents for
your home or office in the greater Portland area. He also
offers to build a puppet likeness of yourself or a loved one.
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