Performers/Services Directory


Looking for a puppet show for your school, your library, or your birthday party? Interested in puppet workshops — puppet-making, writing, performing — for educators, therapists, community centers, summer camps, school or church groups?

Seeking skilled collaborators for a theatre piece? Needing a TV commercial with puppets? A mask for a party? A giant creature for a parade?

We offer this as a service to members and the community. The Guild takes no responsibility for services contracted through this resource, but we think you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Guild members are invited to add themselves to the directory. Click here to add yourself to the list.

All Hands In Puppet Theater

Elizabeth Leonard
eo@elizabethandesign.com
9164754651

All Hands In puppet theater is bringing fun puppetry projects to a little theater near you in the Sacramento and Bay area! Established in 2007, we’ve been creating traditional and original plays for adult and family audiences to share our favorite stories and the joy of puppetry. 

ADULT SHOWS, FAMILY SHOWS, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES


Apocutopia Puppets

Hank Pellissier
hedonistfuturist@aol.com
415 309 3505

Apocutopia Puppets produces 30-60 minute comic films with aggressive sock puppets debating philosophical, political and futurist topics like No Free Will, The Singularity, Wealth Redistribution, Kropotkin, and the Abolition of Suffering. Volunteers needed to help with design, voices, filming, editing, Email hedonistfuturist@aol.com

ADULT SHOWS


Artist-Maker-Designer of Puppets Costume Set Props

Artist-Maker-Designer of Puppets Costume Set Props

Lisa Zagone
http://www.lisazagone.com
lisa.zagone@gmail.com
5103065496

Offering art and design services in Puppets, Costumes, Set, Props and other oddball endeavors. Up for collaboration too!

ADULT SHOWS, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM, DESIGN & BUILDING, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES


Benny & Bebe's Magic Circus

Benny & Bebe’s Magic Circus

Benny Bendini
https://MagicCircus.com
info@magiccircus.com
415.457.4386

Benny & Bebe’s Magic Circus offers in person and virtual online shows and programs for children and family audiences, as well as puppetry for corporate videos and film productions.

Our repertoire includes magic, mime, comedy/clown & puppet shows for schools, festivals, theaters, libraries and corporate special events.

School assembly programs (K-8) with educational science STEAM, multicultural, history and performing arts learning:“The Amazing Science Whiz Show” and  “The Incredible Magic Hat Show”.

For young children (grades PK – 2) we perform puppet shows with animal and pirate themes:

“Little Rabbit’s Adventures”, “Pirates on Treasure Hunt”.

Our award winning, creative shows have enchanted US and European audiences since 1987.
“Bay City Best”, S.F. Chronicle
“Best Bets”, Marin Independent Journal

Winner of Northern California & Pacific Coast Comedy Stage Magic Contests,
Finalist, 2020 International Cyber Magic Contest,
Winner, 2021 Bay Area Virtual Magic Contest

Feature Film credits include:
Dr. Dolittle, The Bicentennial Man, How to Successfully Fail in Hollywood
TV and Corporate video puppetry credits include:
BBC Television, Twilio

ADULT SHOWS, CHILDREN’S SHOWS, FAMILY SHOWS, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM


Bok Choy’s Puppets

Bok Choy’s Puppets

C E Choy
http://bokchoyspuppets.com
bokchoyspuppets@gmail.com
7073655663

Bok Choy’s Puppets specializes in making high quality professional puppets for educators, entertainers, puppeteers, ventriloquists, film, live theater, and television. We accept custom orders and create puppets from your own images, or those we create based on your project and input. We also create sets and props upon request. Our puppets are well-made, easy to operate, and can be adapted for both amateur and professional performers.

PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM, DESIGN & BUILDING, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES


Charlemagne Press

Luman Coad
www.charlemagnepress.com
coadpuppet@telus.net
604-883-0445

Books on advance level puppetry, mime, mask, Commedia dell’arte.

Books


Chase Woolner • Puppeteer

Chase Woolner
www.ChaseWoolner.com
ChaseWoolner@gmail.com
7345163087

SAG/AFTRA Puppeteer – Puppetry workshops and classes for all ages.

DESIGN & BUILDING, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM


Create, Minister, Teach! | Creative ministry for the family

cmtministries.org
gabriel@cmtministries.org

Create, Minister, Teach! communicates positive messages in an unforgettable way. We tap into audiences’ curiosity and imagination with an explosion of creative arts. We captivate with dynamic stories filled with laughter, wonder and heart. Visit cmtministries.org to learn more!

CHILDREN’S SHOWS , FAMILY SHOWS, DESIGN & BUILDING, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES


Creature QuadsCreature Quads

Baron Von Jabba
https://www.facebook.com/BaronVonJabba/
Vonjabba@gmail.com
510-406-2871

The Creature Quads are animated and interactive contraptions you can ride.

CHILDREN’S SHOWS , DESIGN & BUILDING, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM, Interactive “walk around” entertainment


DLUX Puppets

Derek Lux
http://www.dluxpuppets.com
dluxpuppets@gmail.com

Full service puppet production company in Las Vegas, Nevada. Theatrical shows, custom puppets, digital content creation, live event services, workshops and puppeteers.

ADULT SHOWS, CHILDREN’S SHOWS , FAMILY SHOWS, DESIGN & BUILDING, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM


Dusty’s Puppets

Dusty Dutton
http://www.dustyspuppets.com
dustyd2@aol.com
415-472-7079

Dusty is a talented and experienced puppeteer. She has Down syndrome, and uses her unique sense of humor to bring her puppets to life. She has formal training in entertainment for young  children, and never fails to bring smiles to their faces.

CHILDREN’S SHOWS , Shows for younger children & children with disabilities


Esther de Monteflores

Esther de Monteflores

Esther de Monteflores
https://estherdemonteflores.weebly.com/puppetry.html
edemonteflores@gmail.com
5104883858

Puppeteer and puppet builder with a background in physical theater and circus arts.

ADULT SHOWS, CHILDREN’S SHOWS, FAMILY SHOWS, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM, DESIGN & BUILDING


Fearless Puppetry

Fearless Puppetry

Greg Hayes
fearlesspuppetry.com
fearlesspuppetry@gmail.com
619-554-2459

No puppet is too big! Bring wearable creatures and giants to life for film, stage, television, theme parks & events with cheerful and tireless performer, designer, builder, wrangler, repair-er, teacher, producer & promoter. What are your puppetry and creature needs? Call for a free consultation!

DESIGN & BUILDING, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM, Consultant


Filmmaking for Puppetry

Alex U. Griffin
www.alexugriffin.com
alex.u.griffin@gmail.com
7142620342

Alex U. Griffin is a filmmaking and puppetry multi-hyphenate based in the Los Angeles area, with services worldwide. He has worked on a wide range of projects from branded content and digital media to short and feature films, often featuring puppetry. As a puppeteer, filmmaker (with an emphasis on cinematography and editing), and Producer for the 48hr Puppet Film Project as well as Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams film series, Alex is in a unique position with his understanding of cinematic puppetry, and how to best bring it to life.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM


Giant Puppets Save the World

Giant Puppets Save the World

Toni “Tone” Mikulka-Chang
http://giantpuppetssavetheworld.com
Giantpuppetmaven@gmail.com
15103852155

Giant Puppets Save the World is an innovative collective that brings storytelling to life through the art of puppetry. Founded by Toni Tone Mikulka-Chang, this group combines creativity, environmental activism, and community engagement to create unforgettable public performances. With a mission to inspire, educate, and entertain, their larger-than-life puppets are made from eco-friendly materials and depict themes of hope, resilience, and unity. From majestic Phoenix birds symbolizing renewal, to whimsical butterflies representing transformation, each puppet is a masterpiece designed to provoke thought and spark conversation. Whether parading through city streets or gracing festival stages, Giant Puppets Save the World captivates audiences of all ages, proving that art can indeed change the world, one puppet at a time.

ADULT SHOWS, CHILDREN’S SHOWS, FAMILY SHOWS, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM, DESIGN & BUILDING, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES, Parades


Hanford Multicultural Theater Company

Silvia Gonzalez Scherer
http://www.HanfordMTC.com
info@HanfordMTC.com
559-997-3838

‘Theater for all people’

ADULT SHOWS, CHILDREN’S SHOWS , FAMILY SHOWS, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES


Images In Motion Inc.

Lee Armstrong
http://www.imagesmedia.com
images@vom.com

Images In Motion is a full service puppet production company, specializing in puppets for TV and film. From preproduction, to shooting (including a fully equipped studio) to final edit, they have an experienced staff able to guide clients through the unique needs of a puppet video. Related services include animation, 3D modeling & printing, design & illustration, prototyping, sculpture, molding, casting, masks, walkarounds, etc.. Images In Motion sometimes provides quality puppet shows. They teach puppetry workshops for conferences, schools, libraries and universities. Credits include Disney, Henson and PBS. Awards include 6 Regional Emmys and 6 National Tellys.

FAMILY SHOWS, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM, DESIGN & BUILDING, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES, 3D Scan & Print


Joel Schechter, Puppetry

Joel Schechter
jschech@sfsu.edu

Perform political satire with handpuppets.  Street theatre and protest puppets for special occasions: elections, peace marches, impeachment trials

ADULT SHOWS


Josh Herman Magic Circus

Josh Herman Magic Circus

Josh Herman
http://www.joshhermanmagiccircus.com
Joshhermanmagiccircus@gmail.com
9732464762

Shows for children of all ages. Puppets, ventriloquism, magic, music, clowning, and circus arts.

ADULT SHOWS, CHILDREN’S SHOWS , FAMILY SHOWS


Kennedy Puppets

Kennedy Puppets

Ilene and Mike Kennedy
hope922000@yahoo.com
707-731-3232

Kennedy Puppets is a family run group that enjoys making people laugh and show a good time.

And when I am not performing and creating new designs and making them come to life,I’m restoring ones and breathing Life back into them.

Kennedy Puppets love’s to design,create and perform with our designs.

When I am done restoring puppets. I enjoy performing with them to see how they come back to life again for many years to come.

Kennedy Puppets

CHILDREN’S SHOWS, FAMILY SHOWS, DESIGN & BUILDING, Puppet Restoration and Back drop designing


Lil’ Bit

Lil’ Bit

Heather Gobbee
hgyogi@me.com
6464362689

actor, puppeteer, yogi, educator

ADULT SHOWS, CHILDREN’S SHOWS, FAMILY SHOWS, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM, DESIGN & BUILDING, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES, Puppets & yoga therapy/special needs


Magical Moonshine Theatre

Michael & Valerie Nelson

707-363-4573

www.magicalmoonshine.org

PERFORMANCES: Founded in 1979 by Michael & Valerie Nelson, Magical Moonshine Theatre is an award winning, internationally acclaimed touring company that specializes in music, mask and puppet performances for family audiences. Audience size can range from 6 to 1000, depending on the show. Specialties are folktales, bilingual/multicultural shows, and “green” themes.

BUILDING: Giant parade puppets, opera and theatre services, puppets and stages for performances and education.

WORKSHOPS/EDUCATION: Michael & Valerie are currently California Artists in the Schools, teaching drama and puppetry to the state content standards. In 2010 they joined the faculty of the Tenn. Arts Academy, teaching puppetry in the classroom to teachers.

FAMILY PERFORMANCES — DESIGN & BUILDING — EDUCATION


Nao PuppetNao Puppet

Nao Kobayashi
www.naopuppet.com
619-917-9582

NaoPuppet works in puppet and costume design&construction for theatre, entertainment, education and more. Originally from Japan, she adopts her martial art and butoh background for puppetry movement.

ADULT SHOWS, DESIGN & BUILDING


Napa Valley Puppetry Festival

David Garden Jr.
http://thewhitebarn.org
dgarden1@sbcglobal.net
707-337-0199

Call to Artists: Napa Valley Puppetry Festival – July 26-27, 2024

Children/Family/Adult – Marionettes, Hand Puppets, Shadow, Demos, Workshops, Street Buskers, etc.

Please send info and performance rates to: dgarden1@sbcglobal.net  Memo line (NVPF)

ADULT SHOWS, CHILDREN’S SHOWS, FAMILY SHOWS, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES


Pearl & Jerry’s Puppets

Pearl Kruss
bluepearl171717@gmail.com
650 996-7892

Living Puppets now available in the USA.

Jerry and I are excited to introduce this well known European company to the West Coast.  Used in homes, schools, kindergartens, Living Puppets become alive with the human touch.

It was love at first sight when Jerry and I first saw the Living Puppets fall 2015 in Germany. So much so that we had to buy several and play with them.  Jerry is an entertainer who thrives on putting a smile on everyone’s face.  I come from a background of education and art. I was thrilled by the opportunities these puppets bring with them.

We decided to share our enthusiasm. Living Puppets are full of personality. In addition to playing with them, we like the idea that your hand becomes the puppets hand. You can pick up things, clap, wave and you can also do sign language.

Dealer – Living Puppets


Possibly Puppets

Possibly Puppets

Risa Lenore
http://www.possiblypuppets.com
risalenore@gmail.com

Possibly Puppets finds inspiration for puppet shows in all things- expanding them into artistic explorations and stunning visual shows for family audiences. This creative contemporary puppetry can brighten up your world!Risa Lenore is known for her creativity in arts education and in her puppet creations. She is the creator, writer, director, designer and builder for more than 8 family-friendly puppet shows which have toured the San Francisco Bay Area since 2013. She is the artistic lead for Possibly Puppets- a puppet company led by materials and committed to searching through the flotsam and jetsam of our over consumptive society to create beauty and meaning.

ADULT SHOWS, CHILDREN’S SHOWS, FAMILY SHOWS, DESIGN & BUILDING, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES


Puppet Art Theater Co.

Puppet shows for family audiences

Art Grueneberger
puppetarts.com/
puppetartssacramento@gmail.com
9164244736

Puppet Art Theater Co. specializes in performing shows where there’s a need for quality children’s entertainment including Preschools, Elementary Schools, Libraries, Corporate Events, and Conventions.

We can stream from our studio to many online platforms. We can also host private performances via webinar software.

CHILDREN’S SHOWS , FAMILY SHOWS, DESIGN & BUILDING, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM


Puppets Etc

Dennis Rexrode & Christina Schlosser
seeingi@sbcglobal.net

Shows feature hand, mouth, rod and shadow puppets.

ADULT SHOWS, CHILDREN’S SHOWS , DESIGN & BUILDING


The Puppetry Institute

The Puppetry Institute

Ricki Vincent
https://www.thepuppetryinstitute.org
the.puppetry.institute@gmail.com
831 601 9822

The Puppetry Institute is a non-profit art center located within
the Capitola Mall, in Capitola, California!

Our goal is to promote creativity and make it accessible to all; while teaching valuable skills and providing a safe space for exploration.

We are open to families, kids 8+, and adults alike! 
Paid classes and donations help support our mission to bring art to under-served and at-risk youth, and to make the world a cooler place
one puppet at a time!

CHILDREN’S SHOWS, FAMILY SHOWS, DESIGN & BUILDING, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES


Puppentheater GRIMMbim

Puppentheater GRIMMbim

Herbert Lange & Martin Lessmann
lange.herbert@gmx.net

As a speech-language pathologist, I have been using fun puppet characters for a few years now to foster communication skills especially in children with Down-Syndrome, children with autism, children and youngsters with cerebral palsy in addition to regular children with mild to severe speech and language difficulties. On the side, I am doing fairytale based hand puppet shows.

ADULT SHOWS, CHILDREN’S SHOWS, FAMILY SHOWS


Quack and Wabbit Puppet Theatre

Quack and Wabbit Puppet Theatre

Yumi Ozaki and Tanya Crowley
http://www.quackandwabbit.com
quackandwabbit@hotmail.com
7074077154

We are Tanya Crowley and Yumi Ozaki, program directors and performers for the northern California puppetry troupe, Quack and Wabbit Puppet Theatre. Occupational therapists by trade, we cofounded Quack & Wabbit Puppet Theatre because of our love of puppetry and because we discovered the effectiveness of puppetry in therapy sessions. By using puppetry to teach, children learned the skills being taught more quickly while having fun. We use our professional quality, handmade puppets to teach children positive messages and life skills. Our humorous, musical, poignant and tender-hearted stories yield emotional responses in children, enhancing their learning experience. Our hope is that we will begin to make a difference in children’s lives by working together with teachers and students to create a safe, peaceful and compassionate climate in the schools and our community.

Visit our website www.quackandwabbit.com for a listing and description of our shows and workshops!!

CHILDREN’S SHOWS, FAMILY SHOWS, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES


Randal Metz

The Puppet Company & Children’s Fairyland

(510)  569-3144

www.puppetcompany.com

We specialize in “Fantasies in Miniature.”  Having been the Puppet Theater Director for the past twenty years at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, we know how to bring storybooks and fables to life!  Over 40 years of continuous Bay Area performances in libraries, fairs & festivals, amusement parks, zoos, and countless birthday parties.  I have been trained by The Muppets, Lewis Mahlmann, Bob Baker and have worked for Disneyland and circuses.  Check out our website for other exciting options.

CHILDREN’S SHOWS — FAMILY SHOWS — DESIGN & BUILDING


Shadow Streak

Shadow Streak

Nina Oberlin
http://shadowstreak.com
Shadowstreak73@yahoo.com
5034571963

Small animation and puppetry studio.

ADULT SHOWS, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM, DESIGN & BUILDING

FAMILY SHOWS


ST & Comp’ny

Mark Sage
s_tumbleweeds@hotmail.com
18013912403

Puppets and animation

PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM


Stinky Tales

Stinky Tales

Doug Zesiger
http://www.stinkytales.com
stinkytales@gmail.com
415-847-4792

Stinky Tales: a show for 3 to 10 year olds. We help kids navigate the many social challenges they face, bringing fun, music and puppet hilarity. To book a live show for your school, venue or private event, email us at stinkytales@gmail.com.

CHILDREN’S SHOWS , FAMILY SHOWS, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM


Tinker’s Coin Productions

Olivia and Talib Huff
www.members.dcn.org/tahuff
ohuff@dcn.org
916-484-0606

Tinker’s Coin Productions, Talib and Olivia Huff, offers entertainment (shows, characters, workshops) for children of all ages (even adults who have childlike wonder)..

One of our shows is “The Garden Show or It Happened One Summer’s Day.”  It tells the story of two gardeners who, through a series of misunderstandings, nearly come to blows but in the end join together to solve a common problem.  It is told through movement and sound effects and therefore is appropriate for non-English speakers.  Audience: 4 yrs and above

CHILDREN’S SHOWS , FAMILY SHOWS, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES


Tiny House Theater

Tiny House Theater

Madrone D’Ardenne
https://www.tinyhousetheater.com
tinyhousetheater@gmail.com
831-535-8838

Nature-inspired puppetry and storytelling especially suited for young children. Gentle tales of warmth and wonder brought to life with beautifully handcrafted puppets and sets. Animal fables, wisdom stories, fairytales and original works by Madrone will delight the eye and the heart. Performances and classes offered.

CHILDREN’S SHOWS, FAMILY SHOWS, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES


Tools of Peace Puppets

Elyse Jacobs
http://www.toolsofpeace.com
elyse.jacobs@gmail.com
4153780410

I developed a program of conflict resolution for young children 1n 1986 using puppetry and the expressive arts. Currently housed in 2 San Francisco Preschools.

I work with private clients on developmental issues, developing social and emotional intelligence.

PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM, private clients developing social and emotional intelligence


Twinkie Dee Star Children’s Entertainment

Nina Dees
http://www.TwinkieDeeStar.net
TwinkieDeeStar@aol.com
650-464-6166

pls use prev description

CHILDREN’S SHOWS


Under The Puppet

Under The Puppet

Grant Baciocco
http://www.underthepuppet.com
grant@throwingtoasters.com

A monthly show that is Preserving puppetry through the personal stories of professional puppeteers. Available wherever podcasts are found.

Podcast


Whorls of Wonder Puppet Theater

Whorls of Wonder Puppet Theater

Mary Nagler
http://www.whorlsofwonder.com
mary.nagler@gmail.com
7073030093

Our Mission, as a performing arts company, is to introduce our audience to natural forms and forces of nature they might not otherwise be exposed to. We aim to entertain through the thrill of discovery and  to inspire  action by imparting a growing respect for the earth and its many wonders! Knowledge inspires hope for the future!

FAMILY SHOWS, DESIGN & BUILDING, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM


One man silly ten minute weird comedy musicals for nerds!

Zeb L. West
elephantandpeanut.com
zebediah.west@gmail.com
5127655661

Zeb L. West is a writer, performer and comic puppeteer living in Berkeley, CA.  He has a variety of mostly silly ten-minute, low-tech puppet musicals performed out of a small box.  These fantasy and scifi nerdgasm shows are solo comedy nuggets that fit perfectly into cabaret, burlesque or other performance happenings where people want a deep laughs and big heart.  Videos available on the website.

ADULT SHOWS, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES, PUPPET SERVICES FOR TV & FILM