Puppet Youth Troupe

HOBT’s Puppet Youth Troupe and Pillsbury House’s Youth Action Crew will collaborate this fall to develop an original script for actors and puppeteers with Twin Cities Theatre Artists: Anton Jones, Masanari Kawahara, and Bart Buch. A dramatic reading of the script will be presented in December at Pillsbury House Theatre. The script will then be produced into a show in January-March with Puppet Youth Troupe, Youth Action Crew and Children Theatre Company’s Junior Company. Puppeteers and actors alike will bring to life this adventure with a mix of experimental and traditional theatre. The final production will take place in March, 2014 at Children’s Theatre Company and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.

Fall development dates: Thursdays, 6-8pm, October 3-December 12 @ Heart of the Beast (On three of these days, the class will meet early at 5pm to work with the Youth Action Crew at Pillsbury House. Attendance on these times is not mandatory to join the class.)

Winter/Spring dates TBA

For youth ages 12-15, with flexibility

Tuition: $50-$150 (sliding fee scale)

Contact Education Director, Bart Buch for more information: bbuch@hobt.org, 612-721-2535


Puppet Youth Troupe Guiding Principles

We believe in the transformative power of art to heal and grow individuals, communities, societies, and the world.

We provide a positive, creative learning environment to encourage confidence, self-esteem, and “finding your voice” through puppetry arts.

We listen to our youth community and respond to their needs.

We practice, preach, and provide art that is accessible and inclusive of people of all incomes, ages, races, orientations, abilities, and cultures.

We honor the deep cultural, spiritual, and ritual roots of puppetry that provide youth with reflections of deep community values, personal meaning and individual identity.

We excel at providing opportunities for people to create and expand community through the act of making puppet theatre.

We empower youth to take leadership in telling their innately valuable stories through puppetry and masks.

We believe youth are capable of professional standards of excellence in puppet theatre and strive to create high quality processes and productions with youth.

We create opportunities for youth to present their creative work and educate the community about their perspectives.

We involve youth as decision-makers and leaders.

We employ puppet theater as a means for youth to examine and express identity and personal perspectives.

We recognize the folk-arts apprenticeship tradition of learning that puppetry stems from and honor the commitment to train new generations in the craft of puppetry.

We facilitate the creation of meaningful peer community to reduce isolation of youth from each other and their communities.