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Puppet Showplace Inc.

aka Puppet Showplace Theater   |   Brookline, MA   |  www.puppetshowplace.org

Mission

Puppet Showplace Theater is dedicated to presenting outstanding professional puppetry to diverse audiences through performances, workshops, and community outreach activities.

Ruling year info

1975

Managing Director

Hannah Swartz

Artistic Director

Leslie Burton

Main address

32 Station Street

Brookline, MA 02445 USA

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EIN

04-2546402

NTEE code info

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Theater (A65)

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Our programs

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Youth/Family Puppet Performances

The Puppet Showplace presents the magic of puppetry arts by presenting unique and captivating puppet shows created and performed by professional artists drawn from across the country. The theatre is intimate, seating only 95, and is designed specifically for puppetry performance. A different show is presented nearly every week during the appx. 50 week programming season. Families with young children, school and camp groups, and other community organizations attend shows throughout the year. Performances feature many styles of puppetry from marionettes to shadow puppets. Many children are experiencing live theatre for the first time; many adults are astonished by master puppeteers' expert skill and craftsmanship; audiences of all ages are touched by the creativity of the puppetry arts experience.

Population(s) Served
Families
Infants and toddlers

Puppet Showplace Theater classes and workshops to audiences of all ages pre-k through adult. Educational programming is developed by resident and affiliated teaching artists and is offered both on-site in Brookline and off-site at host institutions and partner venues. Program content ranges from craft activities, to camps, to studio workshops for emerging professionals. Programming is offered in a variety of formats including single session workshops, weekly afternoon or evening classes, school residencies, or day camps. Content is customized to suit the needs and interests of target ages and populations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Mary Churchill Memorial Fund provides subsidized tickets and free or reduced price puppetry programming to under-served schools and children across the greater Boston area.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Non-adult children

Puppet Showplace Theater collaborates with artists to foster the development of new puppetry works. The theater achieves this by maintaining a resident artist position, organizing "Incubator" community events for artists with works-in-progress, acting as a fiscal sponsor or project adviser for emerging puppet companies, and providing artists with opportunities to showcase their work to audiences of all ages.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Puppet Showplace uses the art of puppetry to provide the highest quality entertainment and educational experiences to audiences of all ages.  It is our responsibility to help mold the performing arts audiences of the future, while challenging older audiences to look at the world through fresh eyes.The theater has spent the Great Recession building its infrastructure and refining its programming.  With the improving economy we are now poised to capitalize on this foundation and expand the reach of the theater. Our goal is to make audiences aware of the amazing breadth of expression possible through puppetry and improve the quality of New England's professional puppeteers.  Our classes, workshops and play development programs are all designed to accomplish this.   The measure of our success will be in the changing attitudes of audiences, who will come to see puppetry as an integral part of the performing arts landscape in the region.

We are currently expanding the board of trustees and developing new sources of income.  With additional resources we can further expand our educational offerings and provide the human resources necessary to staff the expanding programs.

Puppet Showplace is run by an experienced staff of three early-career professionals with degrees in Arts Administration and Theater Education.  A roster of 50 professional touring puppet companies perform on a regular basis and provide workshops to an audience of 24,000 patrons annually.  The core audience of Greater Boston residents is made up of parents who remember coming to Puppet Showplace as children and are eager to pass on the sense of wonder they experienced at the theater to their children.  The volunteer board of trustees reflects the broad demographics of the region and a wide range of ages and professions.  They are a hard working transitional board eager to develop a more professional board that can partner with staff to raise the profile and financial stability of the organization.

Puppet Showplace Theater has been in existence for 40 years, but as an organization it is entering adolescence.  It is experiencing the growing pains of any organization at this stage of development, but the staff and board all realize the changes that need to be made to accomplish the growth that they strive for.

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Puppet Showplace Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Margueritte Murphy

Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Edward Zlotkowski

Bentley University

Term: 2018 - 2021

Paul Davis

Retired

Alice Schaefer

Retired

Lance Eaton

Brandeis University

Jodi Ekelchik

Consultant

John Lechner

Author, Illustrator, Designer

Anthony Leva

Musician, Educator, Multidisciplinary Artist

Margueritte Murphy

Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Sarah Pisacich

KPMG LLP

Alison Plante

Berklee College of Music

Matt Walczak

Designer, Producer, Educator

Amy West

Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Edward Zlotkowski

Bentley University