Mission and Vision
Image Description: A young white child sits inside the hands of a very large puppet. A group of people stand around the puppet and are helping to hold it up.
HOBT’s work strives to build creativity, empathy, and interconnection among the people we impact.
CREATIVITY: People unleash their own creativity as a tool in their lives.
EMPATHY: People see, hear, know, and support others across difference.
INTERCONNECTION: People see themselves as part of an ecosystem that must be cared for.
HOBT brings people together for the common good through the power of puppet and mask performance.
What We Do
HOBT uses water, flour, newspaper, paint, and unlimited imagination to tell stories that explore the struggles and celebrations of human existence. Drawing inspiration from the world's traditions of puppet and mask theatre and its lively roots in transformative ritual and street theatre, HOBT creates vital, poetic theater for all ages and backgrounds.
Since its founding HOBT has been creating original productions, touring performances, producing a MayDay Festival, teaching in schools, and working with various communities and activists to create theatre that brings people together for the common good.
Puppetry’s power lies in the act of transformation - of bringing something inanimate to life. This act in itself speaks to our lives, which rise and fall and rise again. As we share this act of building and performing, we find that theater brings people together. It builds community. It is with great respect and awe that we see the power and joy of this ancient art flourish in unsuspecting ways and places.
Image Description: a photograph shows a person touching a giant paper-mache and newspaper puppet's hand.