the Puppet Co.



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The Puppet Co. has been in residency at Glen Echo Park since its founding in 1983.



The company is a non-profit puppet theater that uses hand puppets, rod puppets, body puppets, marionettes, and shadow puppets to stage both original works and traditional children’s stories. The Puppet Co. founders – Allan Stevens and Christopher and MayField Piper – have combined their varied sculptural, mechanical, costuming, scenic, and administrative talents to form the artistic and managerial core of The Puppet Co. Together, their training amounts to over 100 years of hands-on experience in the art of puppetry. The Puppet Co. Playhouse at Glen Echo Park is a 250-seat theater designed exclusively for puppet shows and is the only year-round theater between New York and Atlanta dedicated entirely to the art of puppetry. This unique Washington D.C. area resource brings wonderful music and literature to life for students, teachers, and parents through live, fully-staged productions of some of the finest children's theater in the country. More than 1.75 million people have seen the company’s shows since its inception. The Puppet Co. has approximately 20 productions in repertory, including classics such as “The Wizard of Oz” and “Cinderella.” Productions change approximately every six weeks, and performances total more than 300 each year.


The Puppet Co. also offers puppet making classes, workshops and camps for children. Learn more or register today.