the Puppet Co.
Nominated for a 2011 Helen Hayes Award
Outstanding Production, Theater for Young Audiences - The Nutcracker
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The Puppet Co. has been in residency at Glen Echo Park since its founding in 1983. The company is a non-profit puppet theater that uses hand puppets, rod puppets, body puppets, marionettes, and shadow puppets to stage both original works and traditional children’s stories. The Puppet Co. founders – Allan Stevens and Christopher and MayField Piper – have combined their varied sculptural, mechanical, costuming, scenic, and administrative talents to form the artistic and managerial core of The Puppet Co. Together, their training amounts to over 100 years of hands-on experience in the art of puppetry.
The Puppet Co. Playhouse at Glen Echo Park is a 250-seat theater designed exclusively for puppet shows and is the only year-round theater between New York and Atlanta dedicated entirely to the art of puppetry. This unique Washington D.C. area resource brings wonderful music and literature to life for students, teachers, and parents through live, fully-staged productions of some of the finest children's theater in the country. More than 1.75 million people have seen the company’s shows since its inception.
The Puppet Co. has approximately 20 productions in repertory, including classics such as “The Wizard of Oz” and “Cinderella.” Productions change approximately every six weeks, and performances total more than 300 each year. In addition to the company’s own work, the Puppet Co. Playhouse features productions by other puppet companies once or twice each year. The Puppet Co. is a member of the National Capital Puppetry Guild (Mid-Atlantic Region), Puppeteers of America, and UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette), which awarded the Puppet Co. its Citation of Excellence.
In 2010 the Puppet Co. received its second Cherry Adler Award for Excellence in Children's Theater, and several recent productions have been Helen Hayes Award Recommended ©.
For more information and to purchase tickets to the Puppet Co., visit www.thepuppetco.org.