Heidi Rugg

HeidiRugg-9448Heidi Rugg – Founder, Director, Writer, Puppeteer, Puppet Builder, and Set Designer

Puppeteering allows Heidi to integrate her fascination with stories, goofy voices, creativity, and writing with her love for art. She began building puppets in elementary school to fulfill visual aid requirements for book reports. Anne Frank and the entire cast of characters from Lloyd Alexander’s “The Book of Three” came to life that year. These first puppets were created using simple materials that she found around her house.

Now Heidi writes, builds, and directs shows. She also performs in most of the shows and leads workshops on puppet building and puppetry skills for children, adult hobbyists, and professional puppeteers. Her passion for combining science and puppetry has led her to becoming a student and advocate for arts integration. Heidi has become well-known for her puppet voices, her innovative puppet mechanisms, and original designs. She loves coming up with ideas for new shows and working with a variety of media (especially hand-made papers, wool for wet-felting, raw silk, and slinkies).

In 2014, Heidi founded Puppets Off Broad Street in an effort to support more local puppetry performances in the Richmond region. She also leads the Green Mountain Puppet Playwriting Retreat in Vermont and is the chief instigator for The Fettig Project.