Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre

"“Absolutely wonderful! The quality and imagination of the puppetry was unequaled by any performances we have had. The energy of the performers was contagious!”" — Skowhegan Schools, Skowhegan, ME Awarded "Best Performance" at the 2015 National Puppetry Festival, Crabgrass Puppet Theatre has over thirty years of experience performing for children and family audiences in theaters, museums and elementary schools. They have twice been awarded the UNIMA Citation of Excellence, the highest puppetry honor in the United States. CPT has performed at the Smithsonian, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Philadelphia Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and thousands of schools, theaters, and libraries. "“This performance was phenomenal and created a wonderful union of language arts and the performing arts. It clearly demonstrated that “playing with words” through poetry can be fun! The children returned to their classrooms excited and more confident and interested in writing and reading poems." — Quaker Farms School, Oxford, CT

Additional Links: 
Can a tortoise win a tug of war with a mighty elephant? Can a tiny mouse help an enormous lion? Can a jackal outwit a terrifying tiger twice his size? Stories from around the world show that even the small and weak can have a big impact on the world.
Two funny folktales from Africa! In "Koi and the Kola Nuts," a boy sets off on a wondrous journey to make his fortune. In "Anansi and the Talking Melon," we meet one of the most hilarious characters in African folklore!
A pirate and a princess in search of buried treasure! The princess stays one step ahead by tricking the pirate at every turn. But when the princess is in danger from a giant octopus, she quickly discovers the benefit of having a loyal crew!

I Have Worked With

  • July 2019

    We have been performing at the Puppet Showplace Theater since 1991. We will be returning to the Puppet Showplace in July, 2019, with "The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea"


  • June 2019

    We will be travelling down to Roswell, GA for a week of shows in early June, 2019.

  • April 2019

    We were honored to be guest presenters for the Directing for Puppets class at UConn this past spring. 




  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Mailing Address: 
PO BOX 2363
Brattleboro, VT 05303
Physical Address: 
55 Clark Rd
West Halifax, VT 05358
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Puppet
Additional Disciplines: 
Theater - Children's
Theater - Puppet
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
Immigrant Populations
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Union Internationale de la Marionette
Puppeteers of America
Bonny Hall: B.F.A. in Puppetry and Theatre UConn
Jamie Keithline: B.F.A. in Acting UConn
Awarded "Best Performance" at the 2015 National Puppetry Festival
Twice been awarded the Citation of Excellence by the Union Internationale de la Marionette-USA, the highest award in American puppetry, and has performed at many regional, national and international festivals.
Received Arlyn Award Commendation for Design Excellence in puppetry
Selected by our peers to perform at dozens of international, national and local puppet festivals.
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
We provide all sound and lighting equipment for our shows.
We require an indoor performance space; we do not perform outdoors or in tents. We need an area roughly 14 feet wide by 12 feet deep, with at least 9 feet of ceiling clearance to set up.
Fee Range Minimum: 
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age