The National Capital Puppet Guild supports the business and performance endeavors of all its members!
Find out more in the bios and links below!
Black Cherry Puppet Theatre
“Since 1980, Baltimore's Black Cherry Puppet Theater, a non-profit association of artists and performers, has presented thousands of performances and workshops for adults and children throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Our theater is housed in Southwest Baltimore right next to the historic Hollins Market.”
Beech Tree Puppets
Walking through a beech forest is like being in a Gothic cathedral. The trunks are tall, the bark looks smooth and silvery, and the branches reach up and out like human arms. Likewise, on a visit to Chartres cathedral in France, we clearly felt that here was a space meant to uplift the human being. In that spirit, we want Beech Tree Puppets to create such a space.
We find that, when a puppet enters the stage, people can connect to the story directly. Puppets can break down barriers, cross cultural differences, and open people of all ages to new ideas and possibilities. You can talk about and teach almost any subject with a puppet!
“Founded in 1974, dedicating every performance to excellence in theatre, art, music, and fun. A graduate of Gonzaga High School and The University of Scranton, Michael served in the Peace Corps and Caritas poverty programs in the early seventies. For 8 years Michael was adjunct professor of Theatre at the University of Maryland. He is on the board of directors of Dance 4 Peace and is currently oversees the company's 1000+ shows a year.”
Puppets To Go
“PUPPETS TO GO was founded by Bob and his wife, Elise, in 1979. In addition to performing at schools, museums, theaters and libraries, he has performed at regional and national puppetry festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Wherever he performs, Bob, along with his cast of unforgettable characters, educates the mind and entertains the imagination.”
the Puppet Co.
“A Washington tradition for 30 years. The Puppet Co. is an award-winning resident children's puppet theater, located in Glen Echo Park, MD. Performing classic fairy tales with sock puppets, hand puppets, shadow puppets, rod puppets, and marionettes for children and families.“
"Dinorock co-creator Michele Valeri, who wrote and performed The Great Dinosaur Mystery with Joe Pipik and Ingrid Crepeau, with combined forces of Michael Stein on Dinosaur Rock!, has an unerring ear for appealing musical hooks and witty lyrics. Each Dinorock tune is a singable, danceable, highly informative nugget of kid-friendly pop. Dinorock will knock the socks off your Jurassic-loving tot!"
“Founded by Jeanne Wall and Joe Pipik in 1994 the Goodlife Theater has collaborated with a number of skilled entertainment professionals over the years. The GoodLife Theater has thrilled audiences at The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Maui Arts and Culture Center, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, & hundreds of schools, libraries, theaters, parks, country clubs & family celebrations.”
“Barefoot Puppet Theatre's award-winning performances have thrilled audiences throughout the country and internationally since 1997. Their touring programs feature imaginative and interactive scripts, innovative staging, original music, beautifully crafted puppets, and fun. All puppets and staging elements are crafted by hand in their Richmond-based studio using sustainable, locally sourced materials whenever possible.”
“Joe Santoro has been expressing his creative mind through puppets since 1990 with shows throughout West Virginia’s state parks, county fairs, TV shows, and private birthday parties. In the winter of 2007, Wonderment Puppet Theater became his artist’s canvas and home for the Wonderment Puppets.”
“What began as a fun garage project collaboration with a fellow special effects student turned quickly into a full-time business as her reputation spread. Lex is the recipient of a BSC (Hons) in Special Effects and has studied at the O'Neill National Theatre Puppetry Conference. She was also a contestant on the Jim Henson Creature Shop Challenge show. Her work has appeared on stage, film, television and even in toy stores around the world.
Silly Goose And Val
Ventriloquist, musician, composer, and performer Valerie Leonhart Smalkin was one of the writers, performers, and co-producers as well as the head puppeteer of the Emmy award winning television program It's Kindertime on Baltimore’s ABC affiliate WMAR-TV 2. Val’s CD, A Gentle Halloween, received a Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff award in 2015, and in 2016 her follow-up CD, Sing! Sing! Sing!...and Dance!, garnered a Parents’ Choice Approved award. Her current CD, Love Bug! received a Parents’ Choice Recommended award, and made the first cut in the 59th Annual Grammy Award competition.
LT's Recycling World
Tom Knoll is an award-winning author, artist, landscape designer and avid nature lover. For the 15 years he lived in Manassas, Virginia, he was known for his imaginative white bicycle fence at his home, where he decorated them for major holidays. The concept was expanded to other areas in the DMV. Currently, there are 2 “Bicycle Fences” one in Washington, DC at the Heart of Bloomingdale park at Rhode Island Avenue/1st Street NW and in Somerset, OH.
Tom is a board member of the NCPG.
Honey Goodenough is a puppeteer, producer, costume designer, educator, clown, and magician. She earned her MA in Educational Theater from NYU, and a BA in costume design and technology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a four-time recipient of Heather Henson's Puppet Slam Network grant to produce PUPPET PANDEMIC, a showcase of puppetry works developed at the Eugene O'Neill National Puppetry Conference - this fundraiser supports a new Alumni Scholarship to attend the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference.
Honey is a board member of the NCPG.
Alex and Olmsted
Alex & Olmsted (Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas) have been making puppets together since 2010. In recent years, they have performed at LaMaMa NYC, The Puppeteers of America Festival, Bread and Puppet Theater, and two National Puppet Slams.
Their signature piece, "Milo the Magnificent" is a puppet show about a magician with a variety show of magic tricks and science experiments which don't always go as planned. It was awarded a 2017 Jim Henson Foundation Grant and a Greenbelt Community Foundation Grant and was featured on the front page of the Hartford Courant. They are also proud company members of Happenstance Theater since 2012.
Beale Street Puppets has been delighting family audiences since 1988 with its musical marionette shows!
Our Owner and Gracious Queen is Jill Kyle-Keith, who graduated in- cough cough- 1979 with a Bachelor's Degree in Performance Theatre from the University of Maryland. Luckily for Jill, the theatre department at that time also taught puppetry, and she's been working as a professional puppeteer ever since.
Who knew one college elective class in the history of 'Punch and Judy' would lead to 30 years of joyful employment? Stay in school, kids!