For Adults, Educators, and Youth
Whether through hands-on workshops or captivating theatrical productions, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre delivers exceptional learning experiences to students of all ages, abilities, and learning styles.
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, respond to their needs, and involve them as decision-makers and leaders.
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 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 the isolation of youth from each other and their communities.