Resident Company Members & Artists
We have THREE Richmond-based puppet companies that we are proud to call our Resident Company Members. Our newest addition is Lily Lamberta's All the Saints Puppet Company -- more information coming soon! The artists in these companies have trained, studied, and performed extensively within the field of puppetry. In addition to performing, they do workshops, community engagement, parades, and educational programming for schools, libraries, and theatres. You are welcome to contact them directly with any inquiries or contact us via email or at 804-852-2810 for additional information.
Applause Unlimited offers a wide range of performances featuring fresh presentations of classic tales. Their approach includes masks, storytelling, music and comedy in a unique combination that quietly educates as it entertains. Applause Unlimited has performed at festivals and in theaters worldwide. Their shows have been acclaimed by audiences, educators, producers and sponsors of children's and family entertainment receiving two Citations Of Excellence from the Union Internationale de la Marionette.
The company has been touring for over 20 years. Their shows are performed in an open staging, theatrical, storytelling style where the performer is often visible to the audience. Shows are geared towards K - 5 and families, and they never talk down to the kids. There is always a lot in the shows to entertain the older kids and adults, too.
Applause Unlimited performs in schools, museums, theaters, libraries, and various other venues and events. In addition to theatrical puppet performances, they offer clown shows as well as roving clowns and stilt characters for events and festivals. You can also share in their years of experience and knowledge through workshops, classes, and training.
Barefoot Puppet Theatre tours engaging, entertaining, and (secretly!) educational programs to theatres, schools, libraries, children’s museums and more. Families, educators, librarians, and theatre directors give enthusiastic reviews of their programs and invite them back again and again. Audiences love the innovative, hand-crafted puppets and beautifully built staging and scenery.
Post-performance "show-and-tells" receive rave reviews from curious children, families, and educators. Workshops and residencies are available to children and adults and share the behind-the-scenes work that makes the puppets come alive.
All shows are self-contained with sound and supplemental lighting and are designed to adapt to a variety of spaces. Whether a school cafeterias or a state-of-the-art theatre, the performers are able to create a theatrical environment.
Barefoot Puppet Theatre has been touring their original works to audiences since 1997. They have performed at the Smithsonian Discovery Theater, The Center for Puppetry Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Puppet Showplace Theater, and numerous puppetry festivals. In 2005, they were awarded an UNIMA Citation of Excellence from the Union Internationale de la Marionette.