Please Donate

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is made possible by YOUR donations! Whether you give in support of MayDay, the Education Program or simply because you love In the Heart of the Beast: THANK YOU for your generous support!

*HOBT is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your gift is 100% tax deductible.

Questions about sustaining donations? Please contact our Development Director, Marcie Berg, at to have them answered!

Dear Friends,

August marks the end of our fiscal year, and we want to thank you for another year of making our work possible. HOBT can only create as much work as our community is willing to support.

In December, four different local theatre reviewers highlighted three HOBT productions in their year-end highlights of 2016’s top ten productions. Alison Heimstead directed Eric Ehn and Junauda Petrus’ QUEEN, Bart Buch created two installments of MUSIC ANIMATED, Sandy Spieler led our production of LA NATIVIDAD, Alison led another year of supporting emerging artists through PUPPET LAB, and Steve Ackerman created ACTION SEQUENCE. We hosted our 43rd ANNUAL MAYDAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL, attended by 55,000 people. We committed to providing monthly Spanish Language puppet shows for our SATURDAY MATINEES FOR KIDS. 120 kids participated in year-round PHILLIPS PROJECT programming, and another 1200 kids were part of in-school residencies. We sent productions of ARE YOU THIRSTY to Vermont and HANSEL AND GRETEL to Florida. We had an incredible year and YOU made that possible! 

This coming year we need YOUR contributions to support:

THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF MAKE BELIEVE, a celebration of 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood told through the stories of people living in our own neighborhood who work to make it the special place that it is; the 44TH ANNUAL MAYDAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL; providing arts programs to schools and community centers; producing an 8th season of PUPPET LAB; and producing a 19thseason of SATURDAY MATINEES FOR KIDS.

Every gift of any size goes straight to making great art possible. Pleas consider making a tax-deductible contribution TODAY!

Thank you!



THANK YOU to our funders and friends!

Many thanks to the hundreds of individuals who have joined Heartbeats, made monthly sustaining gifts, made Give to the Max donations, and contributed time and resources to support HOBT programming this year. The Board, Staff, Artists and Volunteers sincerely THANK YOU for your continuing generosity.

National Endowment for the Arts

Minnesota State Arts Board – Operating Support

Minnesota State Arts Board – Arts Access Program

Jerome Foundation

McKnight Foundation

Hugh J. Andersen Foundation

HRK Foundation

Wells Fargo Community Foundation

Still Ain’t Satisfied


Fidelity Charitable Funds

Community Shares of Minnesota

Troutman-Blumenshine Family Fund

Cy and Paula DeCosse Fund

Phoebe and Maureen Trepp – Minnesota Community Foundation

Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association Inc.

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

One Minneapolis Fund