Rube Goldberg was well-known for his intricate drawings of machines that would do the most mundane tasks in the most outlandish way possible. Each year, students from all over the world now participate in “Rube Goldberg Machine Contests,” and create machines that are designed to do a specific task — this year, it is “Open […]
I’m pretty excited about something. It’s The Naked Puppet Exhibit developed by the Fettig Project and premiering at The National Puppetry Festival in exactly four weeks. Wow. No, I really mean it — WOW! There will be puppets and puppet mechanisms in the display that you can TOUCH, hold, manipulate, fondle, photograph, or whatever. As […]
Hooray for finishing things! We have been working on this website for much longer than I care to admit. I am sure there are some bugs that still need to be worked out, but it feels so good to be at this point! I have to say THANK YOU to Heather Topich, our touring coordinator […]
What a day! A rainy, dreary day, by all accounts, except that we were indoors performing at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for their Family Fun Day. We had a great audience: they were ready to have fun and interact. They even laughed at all our bad jokes. But the best part of the […]
We love to share what goes on behind the scenes at Barefoot Puppets. We write and build each of our shows, hand-crafting all our puppets, staging and scenery in our studio in Richmond, VA. We use a wide variety of materials: papier-mache, handmade papers, fabric (especially raw silk), dowel rods, broken hockey sticks, springs, funnels, […]
In addition to performances, we also offer customized workshops and residencies of varying lengths for all ages. Our workshops can range from an extended show-and-tell to a hands-on puppet-building workshop and can last 45-minutes or even weeks! We do workshops for children, adults, and multi-generational workshops, too.
The other day, my older daughter was wrapped up in her world of new, cool electronic gadgetry that found purchase in our home over the holidays. It’s a tough balance as a parent trying to figure out how much screen time is “right” for an eleven year old. I am not in the camp that […]