File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 493

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 13:40:37 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Permanent Puppet Theatres

Add to that (here in the Midwest):

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis
Paul Mesner Puppets, Kansas City
Owl Glass Puppetry Center, West Liberty, Iowa
Puppetry Arts Institute, Independence, MO
Denver Puppet Theatre
Kramer Marionette Theatre, St Louis

...and others I can't think of right now

Before the reunification of Germany, there were 17 permanent state 
supported puppet theatres in the German Democratic Republic (East 
Germany).  Although
  the funding is way down, I believe most of these are still in 
existence (most now city supported).  There are also lots of privately 
owned puppet theaters in cities all over Germany.


Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre
319 N. Calhoun, POB 330
West Liberty, IA. 52776

On Nov 30, 2008, at 12:13 PM, Christopher Hudert wrote:

> One group that many of the Puppet Theaters (brick and mortar, not just
> companies) belong to is UNIMA. You'll probably have to add a country
> designation after it to find a listing, ie UNIMA- USA for that are.
> There are a fair number of puppet theaters in the US that I can think
> of off the top of my head:
> The Puppet Co. Playhouse in Glen Echo, MD (the only puppet theater in
> the US conceived and built from the ground up specifically for
> puppetry)
> The Puppet Showplace in Brookline, MA (near Boston)
> Goat on a Boat in Bar Harbor, LI, NY
> Penny Pretzel Playhouse in Orange, NJ
> The Center for Puppetry Arts (with two theaters in the same building)
> in Atlanta, GA (also hosts UNIMA-USA, and a puppetry Museum)
> The Greater Arizona Puppet Theater in Phoenix, AZ
> Wonderment Puppet Theater in Martinsburg, WV
> several I can't think of the name of at the moment, including
> one in San Diego in a park
> one in Oakland in a Storybook Park
> one in Seattle/Portland area I believe
> one in Minneapolis, MN
> one or two in Florida
> and I'm sure I've missed some
> Also in Japan I know there is PUK Puppet Theater in Tokyo and The
> National Bunraku Puppet Theater in Osaka. Both PUK and NBPT also tour,
> but they have home theaters. I think there are others in the country,
> but I'm not positive.
> I would be willing to bet that, with their history of puppetry, China
> has several. And there used to be one or two in Russia, as well as some
> of the Eastern Block countries, but I don't know if they are still
> around.
> Have you tried a Google search? Also someone on this list maintains a
> list on their site that includes many puppet theaters. I believe Tackey
> (or something like that), so you might do an archive search of the list
> as well.
> Christopher
> On Nov 30, 2008, at 8:40 AM, EM Martin wrote:
>> As we are between holidays, I was wondering how many permanent puppet
>> theatres existed. Not the many puppet companies, but the relatively
>> few companies that have permanent facilities.
>> I know of at least 4 puppet theatres in England:
>> The Harlequin Marionette Theatre in Wales
>> The Puppet Barge
>> The Norwich Puppet Theatre if it still exists (is it the Norwich Mask
>> and Puppet Theatre?)
>> The Little Angel
>> And one in Ireland:
>> The Lambert Puppet Theatre
>> Are there others? What about in the US, Canada, and Mexico? Is there a
>> group they all belong to?
>> Happy Thanksgiving!
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