Richmond has such a great theatre/art scene. In our travels performing throughout the country, we've experienced communities with strong puppetry scenes. Atlanta. Boston. NYC. Syracuse. Philly. Asheville. Putney, Vermont! All different shapes and sizes, but with lots of puppetry.
Presenting live puppetry in RVA on a regular basis allows another opportunity for families to experience live theatre together and allows adult audiences to see a different side of puppetry. Our family shows will go beyond mainstream offerings as we share fun works that showcase the creativity of puppet artists working in a multitude of puppetry styles. Hand puppets? Check. Rod puppets? Check. Non-verbal shows? You bet! Marionettes, shadow puppets, object puppets? Yes, yes, yes!
Let us open your eyes to the possibilities in puppetry!
Heidi Rugg is a puppet artist, mom, maker of stuff, and the founder of Puppets Off-Broad Street. Her company, Barefoot Puppet Theatre, has toured all over the country. She lives in Richmond's Northside with her husband, Sam, two daughters as different as rain and ribbons, a cat named Moxie, a lizard named Pepper, and a legion of nameless dust-bunnies.
Christopher Hudert is a is a versatile artist whose skills include script writing, sculpting, set and puppet construction, puppetry, clowning, stilt walking, juggling and much more. His company, Applause Unlimited, has toured extensively. He lives in Lakeside with his family.