I am so thrilled by the outpouring of support as we start off on our adventures as a presenting organization. Puppets Off-Broad Street has been an idea for quite some time: morphing and changing and only recently solidifying. To make this dream a reality, we have a lot of work ahead of us...but it is worth it!
We have a long list of aspirations and goals that includes regular family programming, performances for adults that range from the silly (like Puppet Slams) to the sublime, workshops, classes, a special film series (wouldn't that be fun when the Byrd gets those new seats?), and even a puppet camp! We have big plans for RVA that are born of what we have learned from visiting and experiencing rich puppetry scenes in other cities. We have seen how puppetry and theatre have transformed neighborhoods, lives, and communities. We hope to give the same to Richmond.
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.