Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Deborah Costine Nature Puppets

The highest award in puppetry in North America, the 2009 U.N.I.M.A. USA Citation for Excellence was given to Deborah Costine. A professional puppeteer for over 35 years as half of the Award-Winning Gerwick Puppets, Debbie also has her own "One Woman" shows about nature. These are especially designed for pre-school and up. Deborah is also an artist and sculptor who makes all her own puppets and builds her very unique tree-like puppet theaters out of papier mache. She uses Shadow Puppets, "Table-Top" puppets and traditional Hand Puppets. Each show has integrity and respect for young children.
The Newest production is "Turtle's New Home" about the "threatened" Blanding's Turtle and her need for a new wetland habitat. This carefully researched show was funded in part by a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation. Characters also include "Castor" the beaver, Blue Spotted Salamander and children: Edward and his nature loving babysitter Rachel. Study guide available.

Additional Links: 
This new version of the classic Cinderella story by Debbie takes place in "a Gentle Bit of Woods". The Prince is looking for someone with "goodness". The mean stepsister believes that because she has the most "stuff" the Prince will like her best.

I Have Worked With

  • State: MA
    Date: 2/2008
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
    Email: levensonstuaf@umass.edu
    Phone: 413-545-2129

  • State: MD
    Date: 7/2008
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
    Email: m.piper@thepuppetco.org
    Phone: 202-328-4918

  • State: CT
    Date: 7/2008
    Activity: Concert/performance/reading
    Email: marisf79@cox.net
    Phone: 860-535-0658

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Deborah
Job Title/Position: 
Director, Puppeteer, Artist
Mailing Address: 
6 WOOD STREET
SOUTHBOROUGH, MA 01772
Physical Address: 
Southborough, MA 01772
Last Name: 
Costine
Phone: 
508-481-6837

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Puppet
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Science
Literary Arts- Fiction
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
1988
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Market
Performance / Concert / Reading
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
150
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Awards: 
2010 Grant from the Jim Henson Foundation for a new show about a wetland2009 UNIMA USA Citation for Excellence2008 Artistic Achievement Award from Puppeteers of America2008 Artistic Excellence Award from the Puppet Showplace Theater, Brookline,

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Most meeting room/cafetoriums are suitable, darkened room preferred. Indoors only. Some productions are limited in audience size.The Shadow Puppet show "Three Pigs and Other Tales" requires a darkened room.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$325
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
College-Age
Adults