The Puppetry Home Page
The Puppetry Home Page is a free
resource for the puppetry community
and is dedicated to helping people
connect with the world of puppetry.
The Big Cheese of International Puppetry
Best source of puppet info in many countries
around the world.
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
is operated by Jason & Shawna Ropp. Their
company performs original puppet stories like
The Clueless Detective for libraries and birthday
parties up and down the west coast.
Also Costume Characters, Face Painting &
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 Christmas
Northwest Puppet Center
If you happen to be headed to Seattle, check
out the Northwest Puppet Center. Chris and
are especially known for their mastery and
of the traditional Sicilian marionette theater
known as Opera dei Pupi. Stephen is an
amazing wood carver as well.
il Teatro Calimari
Once again headquartered in Portland, OR,
Tim Giuni has an interesting take on life,
which is reflected in his madcap approach to
Tim performed multiple times at our
Wonderful World of Puppets at OMSI as well
as at the Portland Puppet Museum.
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
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,
This company out of Truro, Nova Scotia,
Canada has really nice puppets, nicely
Takey's Puppet Website Index
This is the work of a "crazy" guy in France. He's
catalogued over 3.184 puppet sites as well as a
list of 4.300 tittles of books about puppetry from
around the world. Surely you can find any puppet
site or book that would interest you here.
They're listed by country for easy retrieval.
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
Wait a minute, do you mean to tell us
are other kinds of puppets???
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. Click on "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.
Local Links (Pacific
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
Dan DeMoy, one of the gifted puppeteer
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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