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Galapagos George: Click thumbnail for hi-res images.
Little Bread Hen: Click thumbnail for hi-res images.
Little Red and the Gingerbread Man: Click thumbnail for hi-res images.
Little By Little: NEW! More images coming soon.
Wriggling Brothers: Images coming soon.
Barefoot Puppet Theatre tours award-winning programs to theatres, schools, libraries, children’s museums and more. Families, educators, librarians, and theatre directors give enthusiastic reviews of our programs and invite us back again and again.
Our shows feature contemporary adaptations of world folktales, classic tales with a twist, myths, and works based on true stories. Our scripts, puppets, music and sets are all original. We know that children’s shows need to be fun and interactive, so each script is carefully written to create a rhythm that balances the actions, words, and music of the production with the laughter and spontaneity of the children. Audiences love our innovative, hand-crafted puppets and beautifully built staging and scenery.
All of our shows are self-contained and can adapt to a variety of spaces. We travel with a professional sound system and supplemental lighting, though we are always thrilled to perform in spaces with full technical support. We work hard to create a theatrical environment wherever we perform.
We have performed throughout the country (and a bit beyond!). Notable venues include The Smithsonian Discovery Theater, The Puppet Showplace Theatre in Boston, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. We have also performed at numerous puppetry festivals throughout the country. In 2008, we made our international debut at the Puppets Up! festival in Ontario, Canada. (We’ve even been invited back to Broadway numerous times…well, Broadway, Virginia!)
From state-of-the-art theatres to school cafeterias, Barefoot Puppet Theatre has been there!
You can find more information on our history here.
I stumbled into the world of puppetry without a map. As a result, I spend a lot of time wandering though my medium with a sense of amazement, free of any notion of restrictions to what is possible. Puppetry is the (oddly) logical conclusion to my search for a medium that combines my widely varied interests in storytelling, folklore, world cultures, symbols, archetypes, performing, and the visual arts.
I work with a wide variety of puppetry styles – hand, rod, object, and shadow. As a children’s performing artist, I know that I speak to future generations; I strive to provide nourishment for their fertile imaginations. I am sensitive to the emotional range a show can create – joy, sadness, fear, and always laughter.
Puppetry allows me to look at the world through childlike eyes. Sifting through folktales and children’s literature, I carefully excavate stories and themes that speak to me and have a timely sense about them. I whittle away at my findings to create a script; then, working by hand, I use a combination of natural fibers, fabrics, handmade papers, wood, and odds-and-ends from the hardware store to create the puppets and scenery. Natural materials have a textural quality that feels alive to the eye.
Most recently, my work has led me to the ancient art of feltmaking. Working with my hands, entangling fibers, and creating solid form from the raw wool has connected me to my work in a very visceral way. Connection is key. Connecting more strongly with my medium creates, for me, a stronger link to my audience – it’s more tangible. I am ever conscious of my audience and the interactive nature of all my work.
Read more about Heidi on the bio page!