The members of the Crabgrass Puppet Theatre studied at the University of Connecticut, which offers Bachelors and Masters degrees in all aspects of puppetry and theater.
Sandglass Theater in Putney, Vermont, create some of the finest puppetry work for adults in the US. They are also the hosts of the Winter Sunshine Series of Family Performances, which we help to organize.
The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, located in Mansfield, Connecticut, has one of the best collections of puppets in the country, including figures by Frank Ballard, Bil Baird, Julie Taymor, Brad Williams, and Margo and Rufus Rose.
The Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, Massachusetts recently celebrated its 35th anniversary season. Puppeteers from all over the country perform at the Showplace, which offers a different show each week.
The Puppeteers of America is the national organization for puppeteers in the United States. The P of A presents puppetry festivals throughout the country, and is an excellent place to get started. There are also dozens of local Puppetry Guilds affiliated with Puppeteers of America. We belong to two: The Connecticut Guild of Puppetry and the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry.
UNIMA-USA is the US branch of The Union Internationale de la Marionette (UNIMA) an international organization of puppeteers.
Thanks to Kayla for this link to more information about the history of puppetry.
The Amazing Lottie came to us in December, 2010, from the Guilford County Animal Shelter in Greensboro, North Carolina, where they have hundreds of adoptable pets of many species. We couldn't bring them all home, so we settled for the Black Bombshell! She is a terrific dog.